OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller, one that is potent and commonly prescribed for patients who are struggling with moderate to severe pain.
Also known as oxycodone, OxyContin is a highly addictive substance, and though most people will be able to take the drug as prescribed without incident, those who abuse the drug may struggle with increased rates of accident, addiction and overdose.
Physical dependence upon the drug is often the primary concern for patients who abuse OxyContin, but this can be addressed easily by tapering off the dose slowly under a doctor’s supervision. Unfortunately, for those who are addicted to the drug (e.g., patients who are struggling with both a psychological dependence and a physical dependence), detox is far more complicated. A professional detox and addiction treatment program is recommended in order to ease the experience of withdrawal symptoms and more rapidly – and safely – stabilize in recovery.
OxyContin is a slow-release pill prescribed to those who need pain relief around the clock. This means that each pill contains multiple doses that were meant to be released regularly over a long period of time. Though extremely effective for patients living with chronic pain, these pills are often abused by people who would like to access all of those doses at the same time in one big hit in order to get high. Crushing OxyContin pills prior to swallowing, snorting, or dissolving the drug in water and injecting it is a major red flag for OxyContin abuse.
Other signs include:
No use of OxyContin outside the bounds of a prescription is safe. Chronic abuse of the drug can increase the likelihood of succumbing to overdose or developing a deadly addiction that culminates in overdose.
How can you tell when OxyContin abuse has turned into addiction? When the behaviors listed above become an everyday occurrence and your loved one’s life revolves around getting and staying high. Additional signs of addiction include:
It is important to note that OxyContin abuse can be just as deadly as OxyContin addiction. Overdose can occur with a single use of the drug. An inability to stop using OxyContin despite clear problems caused by use of the drug is an indication that it is time to seek treatment, whether or not a diagnosis of addiction has been secured.
The physical withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of use of OxyContin are often common in those who regularly abuse the drug and always an issue in patients who are addicted to OxyContin.Withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping the use of OxyContin and other opiate drugs can include any combination of the following:
These symptoms usually begin a few hours after the last dose of OxyContin, around the time when the person would be taking their next dose of the drug. They increase in severity over the first two or three days of detox and then peak; afterward, they plateau and last for up to a few weeks.
It is important to note that everyone is different, and the exact order of symptoms, the specific symptoms experienced, and the severity of those symptoms will vary from person to person.
No matter what the circumstance, however, it is recommended that no one who experiences OxyContin detox when they are without the drug attempt to undergo detox alone. Medical emergencies caused by unexpected complications, especially when there is an issue with underlying medical or mental health disorders, may be an issue, and relapse is likely if the patient does not have the support necessary to see the process through to completion.
There is more to recovery from an OxyContin abuse or addiction problem than simply surviving the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox. Rather, intensive and comprehensive addiction treatment that addresses all of the issues that may have informed the person’s use and abuse of OxyContin is recommended if long-term abstinence and a new life in recovery are the goal.
Every person’s treatment plan may vary, just as their experience of withdrawal symptoms may vary, but in general, patients can expect the following timeline of events when they seek to recover from OxyContin abuse and addiction:
If you are, or your loved one is, struggling with abuse of OxyContin and experience withdrawal symptoms whenever without the drug for any period of time, OxyContin detox and treatment are recommended.
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