Oxycodone Abuse Signs, Symptoms and Treatment
Know how to spot Oxycodone abuse signs and symptoms and when to seek treatment
There are specific signs and symptoms that can help you detect Oxycodone abuse. Oxycodone is a potent opiate narcotic prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, and is used extensively to treat cancer pain, severe injuries and bone degeneration. It is a highly addictive drug even among people who take the drug according to the standard dosage. Once a patient’s body builds up a tolerance to the drug, they will have to take more of the drug to achieve the same results. So people who are suffering from pain will most likely abuse the drug and become addicted to it.
Oxycodone is often combined with other drugs and is commonly sold by such brand names as Roxiprin, Percocet, Cumbinox, Roxicodone and OxyContin. Tolerance to the drug occurs after a person has been taking a 20 m. dose of the drug for a while. The drug will begin to lose its effectiveness against pain and the patient may have to increase the dosage to 40 mg. Once the drug begins to lose its effectiveness and the patient cannot get a stronger dosage from his doctor, he may go doctor shopping or buy illegal drugs to make up the difference.
One of the outstanding signs of Oxycodone abuse is sedation, and the addict may appear to be drowsy and continually nod off. Because Oxycodone is an opiate that floods the brain with dopamine, the addict will feel a euphoric high and also lightheadedness when taking the drug. He may also experience itching, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and his lips and fingernails may appear to be blue. Usually the blood pressure drops and the respiratory system will become depressed. The pupils of the eyes will become constricted and you may notice significant weight loss. The addict may begin to have confusion, mood swings, anxiety, depression and hallucinations. He may become delusional, psychotic, suicidal and aggressive. Long-term symptoms of Oxycodone addiction may result in kidney or liver damage, coma, overdose and death. Signs and symptoms may vary in intensity depending on whether the addict took an immediate-release or extended-release formula of the drug.
There are specific Oxycodone abuse signs to become familiar with if you suspect a loved one of having this problem. The addict’s personality may begin to change and he will begin to withdraw from family and friends, and also from activities that he once enjoyed. He will spend most of his time acquiring, taking and recovering from Oxycodone, and he will begin to neglect his duties and responsibilities. His executive mental capabilities may become impaired making it more difficult for him to make sound judgments and decisions. His performance level will also suffer and may result in failing or dropping out of school, or losing his job. He may suffer financial loss and begin to borrow or steal money, and other items, to buy his drugs. He may become a master of deception, lying and manipulating others to get his way. His addiction may cause marriage and family problems, and he may become abusive. Some addicts become desperate to avoid withdrawal from the drug, and they may commit crimes that land them in jail. The addict may become lax in his personal grooming, bathing, and eating habits, and he may begin to suffer from malnutrition and deterioration of his body.
The best way to begin a course of Oxycodone addiction treatment is to have an intervention before the addict is permanently affected by the drug. Once the addict has committed to getting treatment he should be placed in a rehab center where he will be safe. He should begin a medically supervised detox process to rid his body of the offending drug. The addict may experience Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms such as weakness, tremors, nausea, vomiting, spasms, muscle and bone pain, extreme sweating, insomnia, dehydration, hypertension, seizures and tachycardia. After the detox process has been completed the patient will begin receiving psychological therapy including individual, group and family counseling.
Any physical or mental problems that the addict has will also be treated. The addict will also be equipped with relapse prevention tools and behavior modification therapy. Aftercare should include counseling and support group meetings so that the recovering addict has a support network. The support of family and friends is an added blessing that will help the recovering addict remain successful in his recovery. There is life after addiction to Oxycodone, and many rehabilitation centers and support groups are available to help both addicts and their families.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Treatment Center at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.