Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction
Finding the right treatment for Oxycodone addiction can help get addicts on the road to recovery
Treatment for Oxycodone addiction is available to all who are struggling with this problem. Oxycodone is a highly addictive, potent opioid prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is estimated that about forty percent of people who are prescribed Oxycodone medication will go on to become heroin users.
Oxycodone can be used alone or mixed with other substances such as:
1.) OxyContin – Oxycodone that is available in immediate and slow-release formulations
2.) Percocet – Oxycodone and acetaminophen
3.) Percodan – Oxycodone and aspirin
4.) OxyIR and OxyFast – Immediate release Oxycodone
Oxycodone is a synthesized modification of opioid molecules from the poppy plant that creates an intense high in the user, making it a high risk drug of abuse. Tolerance and addiction can occur even when the patient takes these medications at the suggested dosage, and some may go on to use heroin. The slow-release formulas usually produce a less intense high, but can remain in the body for up to twelve hours.
Oxycodone will create feelings of euphoria, joy and bliss, and lessen the perception of pain in the user. It will relax muscle tension and produce a calm, relaxed feeling. Abuse and addiction to Oxycodone can produce adverse symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, slow or difficult breathing, constricted pupils, confusion, lethargy, respiratory arrest, non-reactivity to outside stimulus and light, extreme sedation, and blue lips and fingernails.
Oxycodone withdrawal can be difficult for an addict to accomplish alone, and many will relapse during the process. The best Oxycodone addiction treatment can be found at a rehab center where the personnel are experienced and knowledgeable in addition treatment and recovery. A medically supervised detoxification process is recommended for a safe Oxycodone addiction treatment plan. During the detox process the patient is slowly weaned off of the Oxycodone, and medications may be administered to help ease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that the patient may experience include fatigue, insomnia, shivering, agitation, restlessness, intense sweating, anxiety, muscle aches, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. During the detox process, the patient is monitored and kept as comfortable as possible. Oxycodone addiction help is received with the use of medications during the detox process and afterward.
In 2013, there were about sixty million prescriptions written for Oxycodone medications. Because Oxycodone is a prescribed medication, many young people believe that the drug is safe to use and many teenagers become addicted. Opioid drug addiction is at an alarming epidemic rate in the U.S. and is the cause of many deaths. Oxycodone addiction help is available with many effective treatment options that should be selected based on the addict’s personal history.
The patient will be assessed based on his physical health, including physical illnesses and mental disorders, which will be treated along with the drug addiction. The patient’s history of drug abuse is based on the amount, frequency and duration of drugs taken. Once the assessment has been completed, a treatment program for Oxycodone addiction is planned. After a successful detox process, the recovering addict can begin a series of other therapies to bring healing to the patient and prepare him for a new life that is drug free.
A common Oxycodone addiction treatment is the Methadone maintenance plan. Because many opioid addicts have a difficult time staying off of the drug, and often relapse, Methadone is prescribed to help the addict stay off of the drug. One dose of Methadone has few side effects and can last up to thirty-six hours. Some Methadone clinics provide educational and vocational aid and other resources such as medical and social aid referrals. Although Methadone is still a politically controversial option, it still has much scientific support.
Recovering addicts who are on Methadone are reported to have less depression, and are less likely to commit crimes and exhibit risky behaviors resulting in contracting HIV or hepatitis. They are more able to maintain family ties and remain employed. The Methadone dosage can be slowly reduced until the recovering addict is completely weaned off of the drug, and about ¼ of all patients on Methadone have accomplished this. Another ¼ of patients have remained on Methadone, and the remaining patients flip back and forth, on and off the drug.
Another Oxycodone addiction treatment is Buprenorphine maintenance, which is taken three times a week and produces a weak opiate-like effect. Buprenorphine is prescribed by a doctor under the name Suboxone and is regarded as a substitute for Methadone treatment. Other therapies for Oxycodone addiction help are individual and group counseling, behavior modification therapy, family counseling, relapse prevention and peer support groups. There are also alternative therapies available for Oxycodone addiction treatment that include yoga, meditation, massage therapy, exercise, music therapy and practicing one’s faith. Recovering addicts will benefit by completing the basic therapies of Oxycodone addiction treatment programs.
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.