OxyContin Addiction

Have you or a loved been prescribed OxyContin or oxycodone and found that it has become habit forming? Treatment for OxyContin addiction has become a much more severe issue in recent years.

If you have been prescribed this drug, or have used it recreationally, you may find that breaking your addiction is beyond your individual power. Rehab centers for OxyContin treatment often hold your best chance at an opportunity for recovery. Altus Treatment Center works with patients who suffer from OxyContin addiction. We offer detox, inpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization for rehab patients needing to recover from drug addiction, as well as other substance abuse problems. Our patients are treated with the utmost respect, and we understand that treatment is a choice. Altus Treatment Center provide a well-rounded approach to recovery for people in Aliso Viejo and surrounding areas.

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin is an opiate-based painkiller that doctors issue to patients experiencing high levels of pain resulting from illness, injury or recovery from surgery.

OxyContin is a time-release medication. The patient does not have to take several dosages at a time as with older forms of pain relief. Instead, one dose of OxyContin will be effective for up to three or four hours.

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Confronting OxyContin Addiction

Addiction to OxyContin can be so powerful that those who use the drug will rarely stop or even admit that they have a problem. Unfortunately, many must reach rock bottom before seeking treatment for OxyContin addiction.

Typically, it is the loved ones of the addicted individual who must take the initiative to intervene before the problem spirals out of control. Many times drug interventions are used to bring the addict into a situation of direct confrontation. In these “surprise meetings,” loved ones gather to demonstrate to the addicted individual the impact of their drug use. Interventions are meant to show support but also to immediately direct the addict into a rehab center for OxyContin treatment.

Why is OxyContin abuse dangerous?

OxyContin is an opiate-based medication that can be addictive even if used as directed. When the drug is abused, however, it is typically done by crushing and snorting it or injecting it. The time-release properties of the drug are destroyed when consumed like this, so the user receives the full dosage all at once. The effect is incredibly powerful and can lead to overdose or even death in some circumstances.

Signs of OxyContin Abuse

The surest way to detect OxyContin abuse is a drug test. However, one can also look for the following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness/ nodding
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Lightheadedness
  • Itching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory suppression
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating

An addict unable to acquire the drug will exhibit withdrawal symptoms, such as being restless, agitated and sweaty. Muscle and bone pain, depression, diarrhea, chills, insomnia, vomiting, and nausea are also common.

Other Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

For an addict, gaining access to OxyContin will be the most important thing to them and will consume their lives. Once they have experienced the severity of withdrawal symptoms and have faced them without proper medical care, they can become extremely fearful of ever having to face them again.

Addicted persons may also start neglecting health, family, work and other responsibilities. Engaging in theft is also frequently a sign of addictive behavior. Addicts often find themselves in difficult situations involving work or school but may refuse to admit any fault in the development of these circumstances.

Sometimes family members may not realize that their loved one is addicted to OxyContin until they begin examining a loved one’s behavior with these tendencies in mind.

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What are the basics of an OxyContin treatment program?

Most rehab centers for OxyContin focus on three core elements: detox, counseling, and aftercare.

OxyContin detox can be an extremely arduous process. During the detoxification phase, the patient stops taking the drug and steps down gradually by replacing it with a synthetic opiate (such as methadone) as dictated by a physician. The dosage of the synthetic is then lessened over time, which can be a difficult challenge. When this change occurs, the body will have to adjust to it, and withdrawal symptoms will be experienced. These can last for several days and include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Suicidal thoughts

Following the drug detox process, the physical addiction to OxyContin will have been removed. It is at this point that the patient can move forward into counseling and the rest of the drug rehab process.

Counseling is a critical factor in treatment for OxyContin addiction. This may take the form of either one-on-one or group sessions. The purpose is to address the underlying issues of addiction. Rehab centers for OxyContin addiction will typically seek to address the following:

  • Was there a particular set of circumstances or events that prompted the individual to begin using?
  • What triggers the individual into further addictive behavior?
  • Examining environmental forces that make the patient feel a need for escape

Exploring these questions, along with many others, will enable the counselor and patient to work together to design a recovery regimen that will be suited to individual needs.

Following rehab, the patient will have to then make the transition back into “normal life.” Aftercare programs are usually in place for recovering individuals and will be critical for both support and accountability. Frequently, 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous are part of the process. These group settings allow the individual to interact with others facing the same challenges and provide a type of support that family and even doctors sometimes cannot offer.

Contact Altus Treatment Center today to discuss how our modern and supportive facility can help you or your loved one recover from OxyContin addiction and get on the road to recovery.

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