Oxycodone addiction and use has been increasingly dramatically in the past ten years. In fact, the average use of Oxycodone in the United States has increased by 300% in the past decade. Likewise, the number of emergency room visits related to Oxycodone addiction and use has increased by 500%. Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesic that is prescribed for pain control and anti-cough medication. A common brand name is OxyContin.
Many people take Oxycodone pills as opposed more dangerous drugs, like heroin. Users avoid the time release safety factor by crushing and snorting it or dissolving and shooting it up. Consequently, in order to satisfy their need for Oxycodone, people suffering from addiction call in phony prescriptions and steal Oxycodone from pharmacies.
An addiction can be debilitating, ruining relationships, careers, families and lives. The opiate painkiller is part of treatment for moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is the extended release version of oxycodone. Both are Schedule II Controlled Substances in the U.S. This classification describes the potential for abuse and addiction. The federal government regulates the use, sale, possession, manufacture and distribution of all narcotic drugs including oxycodone. Heroin is a Schedule I drug because it’s highly addictive and has no legal medical purpose. Prescription painkillers in Schedule II, including oxycodone, have a high potential for abuse and addiction. Drugs included in Schedule V have the least potential for abuse and addiction.
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Well-documented cases of oxycodone-related deaths and overdoses have made the headlines in recent years. Data shows one person dies every 19 minutes in the U.S. from a prescription drug overdose. Products containing oxycodone are extremely useful for many who experience persistent, chronic pain. However, we cannot ignore the risks. Illicit use of oxycodone products has increased sharply in the last few years. An addiction to oxycodone can cause users to engage in risky and illegal behaviors to obtain the drug.
Oxycodone addiction affects people of all ages. Many view pill addiction as a white collar problem for professionals. In reality, addiction is steadily increasing among all groups of people. Yet, the most likely group of people to suffer from Oxycodone addiction is 20-40 year old white women.
Recovering from addiction can be difficult because Oxycodone creates both a mental and a physical addiction. In the person suffering from Oxycodone addiction, the drug stimulates the opiate receptors in the brain which results in feeling extreme pleasure.
A person addicted to Oxycodone usually feels relaxation and satisfaction that can last for many hours after the initial high. The drug suppresses the respiratory system causing a decreased breathing rate. If too extreme, this slow down can be fatal.
Traditionally, treatment of Oxycodone addiction dealt with both the psychological side of addiction and the symptoms of Oxycodone addiction withdrawal. However, this method has not proven to be a highly effective method for treating this addiction.
Continued use over time can cause tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Opiate painkillers can build up in a patient’s system, leading to tolerance. This means the patient must take a higher dosage to achieve the desired pain relief. Increasing the dosage is dangerous and can lead to addiction and even overdose. Opiates including oxycodone can cause physical dependence and psychological addiction. A physical dependence is characterized by the painful withdrawal symptoms beginning with stopped or gradually decreased use of the drug. Since the body has become dependent on the drug, stopping or decreasing use can cause the body extreme discomfort. The fear of withdrawals from Oxycodone keeps many people from seeking help for detox from Oxycodone. Symptoms can include muscle and bone pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, flu-like symptoms, chills, yawning, tremors and restlessness.
Psychological addiction is the underlying reason for continued use. Often the euphoric effects of the drug pair with untreated emotional symptoms like depression or anxiety to cause addiction. Over time, Oxycodone becomes the coping mechanism for distress. In conclusion, the fear of withdrawal and the return of unwanted psychological symptoms can lead to continued use, despite negative consequences.
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Without proper medical intervention, oxycodone detox can be extremely difficult to manage, especially for those who have taken the drug regularly for an extended period of time. The right drug detox program will address the physical and psychological aspects of Oxycodone dependence and addiction. The Waismann Method of rapid detox is a renowned rapid detox and medical detoxification program that insists on treating patients with the utmost respect and sensitivity. The safe, humane treatment for addiction to oxycodone can get patients opiate-free in a matter of days.
Furthermore, the rapid detox also helps to medically manage withdrawal symptoms without the use of other opiates and is performed in a full service accredited hospital,. The deep sedation-assisted procedure eliminates painful withdrawal symptoms and medicine cleanses opiates from opiate receptors in the body. The procedure’s safety and success ratings are unmatched anywhere else. After detox in the hospital, patients are transferred to Domus Retreat, our aftercare facility, for transitional care. Additionally, we offer spa services and individual treatment programs including psychotherapy to our guests. At the Waismann Treatment program, you will never feel that you are alone in your addiction.