OxyContin Addiction Treatment
OxyContin addiction treatment at Promises focuses on ensuring a comfortable detox and effective treatment experience for each client. Many people come to us with a high level of anxiety due to long-term issues with chronic pain. Clients with an OxyContin addiction have often put off treatment because of their fears about pain and concerns that their physical needs will be dismissed.
At Promises, we have developed a well-rounded and sophisticated approach to pain management that involves our medical team and specialized staff who have developed protocols we know work. We balance clients’ need to find freedom from debilitating pain with the need to have a clear mind and an ability to function in the world and have a healthy and fulfilling life. Our goal is to guide clients back to a balanced approach to pain management.
About Oxycodone/OxyContin Addiction
Oxycodone is a strong opiate derived from morphine and is legally prescribed for pain relief. Oxycodone is produced in pharmaceutical laboratories from a formula based on naturally occurring opioid substances. It achieves its legitimate medical usefulness by disrupting the pain signals that travel back and forth between the brain and body. Simultaneously, its presence alters the brain’s chemical balance and triggers euphoric sensations. Oxycodone (also known as Oxy, Oxycotto, Oxy 80s, or Hillbilly Heroin) can be found in many prescription painkiller medications, including OxyContin, Percocet (with acetaminophen), Perocdan (with aspirin) and Roxicodone.
OxyContin, the most well-known of available oxycodone-containing medications, comes in tablet form and produces its drug effects fairly slowly over time. When the medication first appeared on the U.S. market, it was very easy to crush. Abusers of the medication took advantage of this crushability to inhale or inject OxyContin and make it work much faster than intended. The makers of the medication eventually changed its composition and made it much more difficult to break apart.
Effects of Oxycodone Use
Oxycodone is a medicinal opioid and binds to receptors in the central nervous system that typically bind with the body’s own physiological opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins. Oxycodone (and other opioids) is frequently abused because overuse of medicinal opioids provides effects beyond pain relief and create feelings of euphoria.
As an individual develops an addiction to OxyContin, the body acquires a tolerance to its effects (including therapeutic benefits) and increasing amounts of oxycodone must be taken to produce the same effects. Furthermore, the brain slows or even stops endorphin production, resulting in acute pain without oxycodone use. Hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, constipation and sleepiness may also occur.
OxyContin Detox and Rehab Considerations
An OxyContin drug detox program may be required as part of OxyContin addiction treatment, as oxycodone has many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including: depression, muscle and joint pain, heart palpitations, constant sweating, diarrhea, nausea, hypertension, fever and insomnia.
Treatment for OxyContin addiction is similar to the treatment for most other forms of opioid addiction. Medication options may include buprenorphine, an opioid replacement medication that helps people escape the worst effects of opioid withdrawal; and naltrexone, a non-opioid medication that stops opioid substances from producing their drug effects). In order to help modify the behaviors of people participating in OxyContin addiction treatment, some programs use a therapeutic technique called contingency management. Contingency management-based programs reward participants for such things as regularly attending program meetings, complying with program guidelines and successfully avoiding a relapse back into substance use.
OxyContin Addiction Diagnosis
As of May 2013, opioid use disorder is the official diagnosis used for people affected by OxyContin abuse, OxyContin addiction or any other form of opioid abuse or addiction. This marks a change from previous guidelines, which treated drug abuse and drug addiction as separate issues. Doctors can consider making an opioid use disorder diagnosis whenever an OxyContin user or other opioid user has at least two to three abuse- or addiction-related symptoms. The maximum number of symptoms that can appear in a person diagnosed with the disorder is 11. In order to help ensure that their patients receive proper treatment, doctors indicate the severity of the disorder when making a diagnosis.
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