Oxycodone & OxyContin Addiction
OxyContin, the brand name for Oxycodone, is an effective drug for treating acute pain caused by cancer, sickle cell disease, nerve damage, severe arthritis, burns and other chronic conditions. The drug is designed to provide long-lasting pain relief and is available in a time released form. OxyContin has a high abuse factor and those who are prone to addiction may develop a tolerance for the drug and need more of it to “feel normal”.
OxyContin has become a street drug with the nickname “Oxycotton” and produces a powerful high similar to heroin. Often addicts crush the Oxy and snort the powder, others chew the pill while others mix it with water and inject it intravenously. And unlike heroin, the high is long lasting. However, the increased tolerance to OxyContin results in the elevated need for more of the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Regrettably, with the presence of a continuous pain relieving drug in the body, the brain decreases the production of endorphins that have a natural analgesic effect to reduce the pain.
Behavioral activities that indicate addiction may include lying about usage, hiding or stealing pills from others, “doctor shopping”, forging prescriptions, neglecting responsibilities, and alienating loved ones. The physical side effects of OxyContin overusage may consist of nausea, slow breathing, vomiting, leg pain, diarrhea, depression, mood swings, irritability and anxiety. In addition, dizziness, itching, sweating, low blood pressure and dry mouth may occur. Psychological symptoms might come in the form of hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, and indicators of mental illness.
An addiction to OxyContin is dangerous to a person’s health, mind, and spirit. Effects of OxyContin will vary for each person based on genetics, length and frequency of abuse. Some health risks and problematic issues may include; liver damage, seizures, heart failure, headaches, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, joblessness and financial ruin.
Rehabilitation & Recovery
At Hopes Gate, OxyContin addiction treatment begins with a professional detox program. The withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing the use of OxyContin are not pleasant. The addict may experience; fever, anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, fever, panic attacks, insomnia, sweating, chills and weakness. During the detox phase, pain management techniques are emphasized as an alternative to using pain medications. Individual attention and close monitoring of the individual’s condition will significantly reduce the possibility of relapse.
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