Oxycodone Addiction Treatment
Oxycodone Addiction Treatment
Oxycodone is a prescribed opioid narcotic used in the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain such as that caused by cancer, burns, etc. It is often combined with other pain relievers but remains the main active ingredient. These combination drugs are commonly known by their brand names: OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet, Endocet, Percoden, Roxiprin, Cumbinox and others. All of these medications are highly addictive if abused or taken long-term. Street names for oxycodone are oxy, killer, cotton, kicker and ox.
Initially Oxycodone is used to alleviate pain and if a person builds up a tolerance to it the drug will no longer have the analgesic effect on the person. More of the drug will need to be consumed for it to be effective and this type of behavior can lead to dependence on the drug. Once a person becomes dependent upon Oxycodone, they will experience withdrawal symptoms if the drug is not taken on time or is stopped. The detox withdrawal symptoms can be a tough battle and many people who attempt to detox alone will give up trying and go back to taking the drug.
Oxycodone binds to the opioid receptors in the brain and will initially create feelings of euphoria, pleasure and well-being. Addiction to the drug will result in any of these symptoms: depression, anxiety, mood swings, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, agitation, anger, restlessness, respiratory depression, weight loss, jaundice, liver or kidney damage, coma, overdose and death. These symptoms are a far cry from feelings of pleasure and well-being.
Oxycodone detoxification is the first step in getting free from dependence and addiction to the drug. If the patient has no immediate medical emergency; the medical team at the rehab center will assess the patient’s medical history and drug and alcohol abuse. The patient will be slowly weaned off the Oxycodone to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, tremors, extreme sweating and dehydration, seizures, muscle and bone pain and spasms, tachycardia and hypertension.
The safest, most effective way to detox from Oxycodone is at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. State approved programs usually help the patient by medically assisting them through the detox process. The patient will be monitored and kept as comfortable as possible. Withdrawal symptoms will either be eliminated or minimized through the use of specific medications. This process of medically managing detoxification has proven to be the most effective method of treatment.
Oxy Withdrawal – Second Phase of Treatment
The next step will be psychotherapy and counseling programs to help the patient identify their drug abuse behavior. Physical and psychological dependency issues will be addressed and treated for the patient to make a successful recovery.
Counseling looks into any issues that the patient has that may hinder recovery and tempt relapse. Individual, group and family counseling help to identify social, emotional and physical triggers. Identifying negative, destructive thoughts and behavior patterns will assist the patient in renewing their thought processes and making positive changes in their life. Comorbidity is another issue that is treated. Drug addiction is considered a mental illness that may co-exist with other diseases or disorders. Some physical and mental disorders that commonly exist with drug addiction are bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, HIV and cancer. When two or more mental disorders co-exist they interact and influence each other. Treating the issue of comorbidity is vital to achieving successful drug addiction recovery.
Release from the rehab center is usually from thirty to ninety days after entry, and is dependent upon the severity and complications of each case. If and when the patient successfully wins the battle of detox and withdrawal from Oxycodone, making the transition back into the outside world is another matter. Aftercare and 12-step programs provide the help and support that the patient needs to remain drug free and build a new and better life.