Finding the Best Private OxyContin Addiction Treatment Programs

As you're deciding on high-end residential OxyContin recovery clinics for yourself or someone you care about, it's vital to first know the substance itself, as well as what treatment choices are available. That will allow you to locate a specialty rehabilitation clinic to combat that particular addiction. Our executive OxyContin rehabilitation professionals can connect you with the best-quality rehabilitation centers. Hurry and call our at no charge OxyContin call center at 888-885-8202 when you're prepared to take your life back.

As a synthetic opioid, OxyContin mimics the effects of morphine in an effort to relieve or manage a patient’s pain. The addictive nature of OxyContin (generic name oxycodone) makes it a highly controlled substance, and doctors often stress the importance of monitoring your intake. However, despite their many efforts, doctors are not always able to control how OxyContin is used.

A study conducted between the years of 2009 and 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that at least five percent of all United States 12th graders had access to and used OxyContin in a non-prescription manner.

Are You Addicted to OxyContin?

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Many times, there is a slow transition between recreational drug use and addiction.  Some addicts spend months or even years saying that they are making the choice to enjoy alcohol or drugs, but that’s it is not controlling their lives.  Ask yourself these questions to see whether maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your thoughts on your drug habit:

Questionnaire

  • Am I taking more than I used to because the old amount doesn’t do much for me anymore?
  • Have I ever faced or narrowly avoided a legal problem because of my drug usage?
  • Would I prefer to take drugs than do other things?
  • Do I ever take drugs because I need them to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms I get if I don’t take them?
  • Do I ever promise myself or loved ones that I will stop altogether or remain sober for a specific occasion and then fail to come through?
  • Do I ever realize that I have forgotten something that happened or that I blacked out?
  • Do I lie to family and friends about my drug abuse and usage?

Abusing this drug will take a psychological toll on an addict, as well as a serious physical toll over time. If you know someone who has progressed from occasional recreational abuse to a level that seems like a serious OxyContin addiction, you may want to talk seriously about the effects of OxyContin abuse.

Signs of OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin Addiction

If you have a friend or family member who may be abusing OxyContin, you need to learn to identify the signs of addiction. The signs of OxyContin addiction are similar to those of other prescription drugs that are becoming increasingly common for recreational abuse. You may find it easier to spot physical signs, but sometimes behavioral changes are the clearest indication that there is something wrong and your loved one needs OxyContin rehab help.

Physical Symptoms

The physical signs of OxyContin addiction include:

  • Changes in eating habits, leading to significant weight loss or gain
  • Changes in sleeping habits, whether the person is sleeping a lot more, a lot less, having trouble sleeping or staying in bed much later than usual
  • Lack of attention paid to hygiene and appearance
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Shaking
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Extremely large or small pupils
  • Foul smells

Behavioral Signs

The behavioral and emotional signs of OxyContin addiction include:

  • Mood swings or a volatile temper
  • Bouts of mania, such as getting extremely giddy and energetic for brief periods of time and then crashing and feeling depressed
  • Failing to perform up to standard at work or school
  • Being secretive about activities and unexplained absences
  • Loss of interest in old favorite pastimes
  • Shutting out or alienating old friends and family members who disapprove of drug use
  • Financial problems that lead to borrowing or stealing money from friends and family

Side-Effects of OxyContin Abuse

Serious Side Effects

If any of these symptoms occur, it indicates that you should seek medical attention immediately and only after that should you enroll in an OxyContin rehab:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Swelling of the throat, which can also lea to difficult swallowing and hoarseness
  • Rash or hives
  • Changes in heart rate, which can be faster or slower, depending on the user
  • Respiratory complications, including slowed breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Impotence (rare)
  • Decreased testosterone production (rare)
  • Enlarged prostate (rare)
  • Circulatory collapse (very rare)

Factors that Contribute to Drug Addictions

If you know that someone experiences one or more of the following, it should serve as another red flag when you are assessing whether your friend or family member has an OxyContin addiction problem:

  • Your loved one suffers from depression
  • Has an anxiety disorder or inability to cope with stress
  • There are other addicts in the family
  • They suffered from abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual
  • Has suffered trauma or has PTSD.

OxyContin AbuseMany people who have gone through a traumatic experience suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. PTSD is most commonly seen in the context of military personnel who have faced the horrors of war, but it can also be a problem for people who have been in accidents, witnessed crimes or been involved in assaults. People who are coping with PTSD are particularly likely to self-medicate with OxyContin or other drugs, and risk addiction.

Physical withdrawal from opiates and opioids is painful and difficult, but rarely life-threatening.  It is recommended that patients check into a hospital for a few days if they have reached a level of OxyContin addiction that they are taking it every day in larger doses than would typically be prescribed. Even if you don’t opt for a lengthy inpatient rehab program, getting through withdrawal in a hospital is much easier on you and your loved ones than trying to do it at home.

OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms

There are generally thought to be six stages of withdrawal from narcotics, and the first five are the ones that should take place in a hospital.

  • Stage One:  As little as six hours after taking OxyContin, an addict may crave more. At first, this is just manifested as distraction, jitters, anxiety or slight shakes.
  • Stage Two: After 12 or 14 hours, depression is pronounced, and many addicts will have a very hard time focusing. They will sweat, tear up and have severely runny noses.
  • Stage Three: By the end of the first day of OxyContin withdrawal, hot and cold flashes kick in, as well as muscle and bone aches.  Patients typically cannot eat and feel the beginnings of intestinal cramps.  Goosebumps, dilated pupils and runny nose are all obvious physical symptoms.
  • Stage Four: Between 24 and 36 hours, the muscle cramps get much worse, and many addicts experience involuntary muscle spams, kicking and jerking about.  Vomiting and diarrhea are typical, as well as an elevated pulse and rapid breathing.
  • Stage Five: This is the most painful and dangerous stage and can last for a couple of days.  A combination of sweating, vomiting and diarrhea causes the patient to lose weight rapidly.  The muscle pain is overwhelming.  Patients cannot sleep as the physical and psychological strain has taken its toll.  A doctor should be on hand to determine whether the patient needs some form of medication to control these symptoms.  Being in a hospital is also helpful because few patients would have the willpower to avoid relapse during this difficult stage of withdrawal if they have access to more OxyContin or other narcotics (See Drug Detox).
  • Stage Six:  This stage begins after the body is fully detoxified. The physical symptoms are done at this point, but psychological and psychosomatic symptoms can continue for weeks or months.  Addicts still desire the drug because of how deeply it is ingrained in their coping strategies for stresses and problems in daily life.  Problems sleeping can persist, especially insomnia.  Frequently recovering addicts will feel nervous, anxious and depressed.  And, of course, if the patient has been taking OxyContin to deal with some form of chronic pain, he will also have to deal with the return of that pain and the process of finding a viable new option for treatment.  That can add to feelings of depression and hopelessness, and make it very difficult to stay sober.

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