Patients or recreational users who abuse their opiate painkillers risk falling prey to addiction or suffering a potentially fatal overdose. This is an increasing problem that affects people of all ages, from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Roxycontin is the name mistakenly used by some who are actually referring to OxyContin, a powerful narcotic painkiller that contains oxycodone. “Roxycontin” is also sometimes used erroneously to refer to roxycodone, another medication that contains oxycodone. Abusing oxycodone, regardless of its name, is dangerous. Abuse can include taking too much of the drug, taking it more often than what’s recommended or mixing it with other substances such as alcohol, other narcotics, tranquilizers, sedatives or sleeping pills. All of these medications depress the central nervous system and can lead to an overdose if combined.
Signs of Opiate Abuse
Use of oxycodone outside its prescribed use can be considered abusive. Escalation of use is common abusive behavior and usually begins after a tolerance to the medication develops. This means the drug’s effects – whether it’s pain relief, sedation or feelings of euphoria – become diminished and the person needs to take more and more to get results. At this point, the patient or recreational user may begin to take part in risky behaviors. Once the medication runs out, a person may begin doctor shopping, or visiting several different doctors to secure multiple supplies. Others may try to purchase the drug online or from street dealers. Some people may falsify prescriptions to make sure they have a constant supply. Prescription opiates often come in pill form and are meant to be swallowed whole. Crushing, chewing or otherwise breaking the pills to bring on a “rush” of the medication is dangerous. This can flood the system with the drug too quickly, leading to severe complications or overdose.
Oxycodone Abuse Can Lead to Addiction Which Needs to be Treated Professionally
Oxycodone abuse can lead quickly to physical and/or psychological dependence. Opiate addiction is always serious and needs to be treated medically. What makes drug addiction especially challenging is the withdrawal that takes place when patients try to stop taking the drugs. Oxycodone withdrawal can cause suffering and degradation as patients struggle with symptoms including:
- Body shakes
- Headaches and body pain.
Depending on the length and severity of the addiction, withdrawal without medical assistance can result in serious complications.
Safe, Quick Opiate Treatment with the Waismann Method
Waismann Method is a leader in the field of opiate detox, specializing in prescription painkiller treatment. Oxycodone or “Roxycontin” addiction is treated safely, effectively, compassionately and discreetly using an in-hospital procedure. This includes the use of intravenous medication to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors while patients are under deep sedation. This accelerates the withdrawal phase and takes less than two hours. Patients awaken without the realization they went through withdrawal. Patients stay 2 to 4 days and are free to return home once discharged. Others may wish to extend recovery at our Domus Retreat aftercare facility for transitional living.