OxyContin is the brand name for a special formulation of oxycodone, an opioid drug that was developed for medical use as a pain reliever. As with other opioid prescription drugs, OxyContin abuse and dependence has grown widely as the drug has become more readily available. Approximately 2 million individuals abuse prescription opiates every year, and the number of OxyContin overdose deaths has risen rapidly since 1996 when the drug was first introduced.
A powerful sedative and pain-reliever, OxyContin does have legitimate medical uses. When abused, however, OxyContin can have serious health consequences:
Some of the long-term consequences of OxyContin abuse include:
In the short term, OxyContin abuse can lead to:
OxyContin addiction differs from a simple pattern of abuse when it involves obsessive drug-seeking behavior despite the existence of extreme negative mental, physical, financial, and other consequences.
Common signs of opiate abuse include:
OxyContin and other opioid drugs produce a significant physical dependence, and for many addicts getting clear and staying off these drugs can be extremely difficult. With closely supervised treatment in a controlled setting, however, the chances of success are significantly higher. By providing OxyContin addicts with a structured rehabilitation process that includes ongoing, daily participation in recovery programs, there is a real prospect for achieving and maintaining sobriety.
Recovery Associates has developed several rehabilitation programs for OxyContin addiction with the flexibility to adapt to any patient’s needs. We provide multiple treatment options, and offer various forms of treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy sessions.
Withdrawing from OxyContin is not medically dangerous but can be unpleasant because of the intense effects of detoxification, including physically painful cravings, flu-like symptoms, and extreme agitation. To assure a safe and healthy recovery, addicts should undergo withdrawal in a medically supervised in-patient setting. But true recovery actually requires more than simple detoxification.
To help enforce the sobriety achieved during withdrawal, patients receive necessary medications and undergo intensive individual and group counseling to identify and alter the patterns of behavior that contribute to their disease. This includes developing life skills and coping mechanisms that will enable them to stay fully sober and enjoy a normal, healthy lifestyle.
At Recovery Associates, we firmly believe that addiction is a treatable illness. Our multidisciplinary staff of addiction experts is passionate about helping you and your family through the difficult process of rehabilitation to achieve a lasting recovery.
If you or someone you know struggles with OxyContin dependence, contact one of our care coordinators at 800-392-3180 to get help today. If you prefer, please fill out the form on the right side of the screen and we will be in touch shortly.