OxyContin: What Can Be Done?
We hear about it on the news: Celebrities caught abusing, shady doctors over-prescribing, rehab, death and overdoses. One drug at the center of it all is called OxyContin.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the misuse of prescription drugs is at an all-time high in the U.S., involving 16 million Americans. OxyContin is a major culprit–but luckily, help can be had.
What is OxyContin?
OxyContin is synthetic heroin, a highly-addictive opioid. It acts on the nervous system, providing a euphoric high and serene sense of well-being. While OxyContin (street name: “Hillbilly Heroin”) addiction has lessened somewhat since its peak in 2012, it remains a serious drug problem, and continues to result in the addiction and overdose of thousands of people in the U.S. across ethnicity, professions, ages, locales, and income levels.
OxyContin Addiction Can be Accidental
If you fear that you, or a loved one, might be addicted to OxyContin, it’s important not to judge. It’s entirely possible that you became addicted to OxyContin without ever setting out to abuse it. Perhaps all you did was simply follow the doctor’s instructions.
Say your doctor prescribes a 20 milligram dose of OxyContin to treat pain. It’s easy to build up a tolerance to opiates, and after a while, this no longer dulls the pain. So your doctor ups this to 40 milligrams. Before you realize it, you are caught in the grips of an OxyContin addiction.
Beware: a lethal overdose of OxyContin can occur, especially when combined with benzodiazepines or alcohol.
Whether you are addicted by accident, or due to prescription drug abuse, OxyContin recovery and treatment is available. We can help. Call us 24/7 toll free at 888-288-2062.
Signs of OxyContin Addiction
Only a professional drug test can tell if you are addicted to OxyContin, but there are some basic warning signs, including:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Feeling light headed
- Nausea, vomiting and constipation
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory suppression
- Dry mouth
- Severe mood swings
- Criminal behavior in order finance the habit
- Unethical behavior such as “doctor shopping,” in order to receive additional OxyContin prescriptions.
Treatment For OxyContin Addiction
As with any type of addiction treatment, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. In many cases, intervention might be needed. It’s imperative that you determine the treatments that are appropriate for your needs. Some specific OxyContin recovery treatments include:
- Detoxification: Meant for individuals in active withdrawal, or in danger of experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
- Family Therapy: Family bonds are often broken with a substance abuse problems. The participation of family and friends in your treatment can help repair those breaks.
- Group Therapy: Sharing your struggles with peers who are experiencing the same problems can be very beneficial.
- Individual Therapy: One-on-one discussions on specific difficulties that you might prefer to not share in a group setting.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Helping you to feel and respond to negative issues.
- Dual Diagnosis: Addressing the needs of those experiencing both a substance abuse problem and a psychiatric disorder.
We can help you find the right OxyContin treatment that suits your needs. Call us 24/7 toll free at 888-288-2062.
Be Aware of The “Pink Cloud”
There is often a happy phase that comes after OxyContin recovery. You feel all is right with the world and life can never be difficult again. This is called “the pink cloud” phase. This is usually followed by a massive crash once you realize that staying addiction-free is a day-to-day process. This is when you need your circle of support more than ever. Lean on the friends and family who will keep you from being tempted into relapse. It’s okay to ask for moral support.
Reach Out Today
There is no shame in seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is not a punishment; it’s a healing solution, and it will get your life back on track. Call us for a completely confidential conversation with someone who can help. A new life awaits. Let’s take that first step together.