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Oxycodone Abuse

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a powerfully addictive and potent opioid. This medication is often prescribed to patients with severe or recurring pain. It is commonly found in drugs such as OxyContin and Perocet. Because it is so easy to develop a tolerance to Oxycodone, addiction happens quite quickly, even under doctor supervision.

Like other opioids, Oxycodone interacts with the same brain receptors as heroin. Oxycodone addiction is extremely difficult to overcome without recovery-sensitive therapies. Withdrawal is painful and dangerous, which makes medical detox from a professional team so critical.

Oxycodone is another one of the many opioid-based drugs that doctors give out too commonly. Unfortunately, many doctors understand the benefits of opium based painkillers, and the dangers, but many others do not know how to correctly administer. Without safely being weaned off, withdrawal or additional addiction can occur. Since not all general doctors spend time working in the rehab community, they do not have experience in this. If your doctor prescribes you with Oxycodone, it is important to make sure that you ask them if they have a plan in place for weaning you off once your dose is finished, or if there is a safer alternative.

Oxycodone Abuse

Once tolerance begins to set in, your body will crave more of the chemical to feel its effects, be it the painkilling properties or the high that abuse will yield. Other than tolerance and addiction, there are additional side effects and signs that may indicate Oxycodone abuse. Some of those signs include:

Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

  • Pupil Dilation
  • Drowsiness
  • Overly Calm
  • Shortened Attention Span
  • Lack of Interest
  • Itchiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating

Warning signs of Substance Abuse

It is not always easy to tell if addiction is forming. If you see any of these traits in one of your loved ones, they may be struggling with substance abuse:

  • Risky Behavior
  • ”Doctor Shopping”
  • Cravings
  • Keeping Secrets or Dishonest Behavior
  • Withdrawal from Friends or New Social Circles

If you start to notice any of these behaviors in yourself, or someone you love, it may be time to get help. At this point, reducing your intake alone may prove dangerous or lead to painful withdrawal symptoms. Contact your doctor immediately if you start to experience any symptoms or side effects to make sure that you are not at risk of abusing it.

Oxycodone Withdrawal

Withdrawal from any substance is painful and difficult. One of the biggest dangers of self-detoxing is that the symptoms of withdrawal are so difficult to manage, that the user gives up and relapses just to feel relief. Without professional help, many people suffering from the sickness of withdrawal will go back to their addiction of choice. Because of this, recovery with the help of a medical team is crucial.

Dependence on Oxycodone can be alleviated with much less pain and suffering through the assistance of a professional and accredited rehabilitation facility, such as Sound Recovery. Understanding the dangerous effects of withdrawal will help you to prepare yourself for what is to come.

Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Intense Depression and Anxiety
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Muscle Pain
  • Mood Swings and Irritability

Depending on how much Oxycodone you’ve taken, for how long, your age and overall health profile, withdrawal could last more than 8 days. Typically, you will notice withdrawal within 8 hours of your last dose. During the first day, relapse happens most commonly because of how intense the withdrawal is felt. The first few days are the most painful physically, but the days that follow are extremely mental.

Medical Detox from Oxycodone

In Oxycodone withdrawal, relief during the five to ten days of these symptoms can be provided through various medications including:

  1. Clonidine
  2. Buprenorphine
  3. Buprenorphine with naloxone

These detox medications aim to ease the physical discomfort and help the user get some much needed rest as the body reboots itself. Warm baths, mild exercise, good meals, and the compassionate support of recovery-sensitive nurses and counselors help ease a person’s time through withdrawal. Your drug counselor will facilitate your entry in the most important part of withdrawal, recovery-sensitive therapy, once you are able to attend. At Sound Recovery, we make sure that all of our guests are given the same level of love and care so that they can start their life of recovery with success.

Oxycodone detox medicine such as buprenorphine should be discontinued as soon as possible. Just as Oxycodone was originally treatment that turned into an addiction, some detox medications run the same risk.

What Happens After Medical Detox?

Following medical detox, guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment designed to support physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We offer a variety of detox options for treating drug addiction beyond just Opioids. Our program helps to promote a lasting, sober lifestyle through recovery and beyond. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions. We use other holistic methods, such as art, music and animal therapy to help our guests to learn to express themselves and communicate. At Sound Recovery, we believe that emotional healing is just as important as physical healing. Our treatment features state-of-the-art activity, movement, and adventure therapies to create one program that treats mind, body, and spirit.

Guests may begin their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP, and sober living at our graduate housing residences. At Sound Recovery, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care. This is not just our goal, but our mission.

Reach Out

If you or a loved one has a dependency or addiction to Oxycodone, or any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Sound Recovery admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. We can be reached at 888-716-4070. Because We Care.

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