Oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic 10 times more potent than morphine. If you or a loved one is struggling contact us for help today.
Oxymorphone is one of the prescription opioid medications used for managing pain. It’s meant for moderate to severe levels of pain. It is also used to complement anesthesia during surgery. This is the generic name of a drug, with its most common brand name being Opana.
While oxymorphone has legitimate medical purposes, it comes with a high potential for misuse, abuse and addiction. This is a habit-forming drug that you can become dependent on and addicted to. Additionally , it also comes with a risk of serious side effects. Especially when you take high doses or use it in combination with alcohol or other psychoactive substances.
Are you taking oxymorphone in a way that was not intended by your doctor? Maybe you are taking higher doses than your prescription recommends, or you are taking it more often than prescribed. It’s also possible that you are taking this drug without a prescription. These are forms of drug misuse and could include abuse. You may also have moved to the next steps of dependency and addiction. Treatment professionals can help you discover whether your oxymorphone use falls under a substance use disorder. Which includes abuse and addiction, and provide ways to help you overcome this problem.
There are different steps on the path to addiction. You can develop tolerance to oxymorphone. Meaning that you need to take more of the drug in order to get the same painkilling effects. If you keep taking it or take it in high doses, your brain and body can adapt to its use. One of the main consequences is that your brain releases the chemical dopamine in response to receiving opioids like oxymorphone.
Dopamine is something your brain normally releases, and it helps your body to experience reward and pleasure. This is why you probably feel euphoria when you take a drug like oxymorphone. Your brain can get used to releasing dopamine only when you take opioids and then stop releasing it on its own. You’ll come to associate the drug use with pleasure and reward, so you’ll want to continue taking the drug.
Plus, when you’re physically dependent on dopamine, you’ll most likely experience withdrawal symptoms from stopping its use, especially when the change is sudden. Some of the symptoms that can come with oxymorphone withdrawal include nausea, chills, sweating and more.
When you have moved to addiction, you’re not only experiencing physical dependence; you engage in behaviors that have developed because of the ongoing drug use. Overall, it’s a sign of addiction if you won’t stop using oxymorphone even though it’s getting in the way of your life. Maybe you can’t financially afford the drug, your relationships are suffering and you can’t keep up with your work responsibilities—yet you don’t stop using the drug, whether you feel like you can’t stop or you don’t want to. This is the main sign of addiction, yet there are other criteria that a treatment professional can use to figure out whether you have an addiction.
The country is currently seeing an opioid crisis, with epidemic numbers of people experiencing overdose and addiction. The main contributor to this problem has been prescription opioid medications. Doctors have prescribed these drugs, like oxymorphone, to large numbers of people who began their use legally and according to their prescriptions.
For many people, legitimate use of the medication eventually turns into misuse and addiction, which is not surprising since opioids are so addictive. There is also a pattern of people misusing and abusing prescription opioids and then turning to stronger opioid medications and heroin, only exacerbating the problem. Some of the heroin sold in recent times has included strong opioids, which created a potent formula likely to result in overdose.
You don’t have to stay on the path of addiction, allowing it to create more problems in your life. While it may seem like it helps you cope with or escape problems, addiction tends to create new ones. It only makes life harder and will continue to lead you in decline until you stop the pattern. In the meantime, the use of opioids puts you at risk for overdose and other serious side effects.
A drug treatment program can help you start a new way of living, free of addiction. Treatment for oxymorphone addiction will often include a detoxification, or detox, program and rehab treatment. The detox component is used to help you manage the withdrawal process in a safe and comfortable way. This process can include tapering, medication and medical monitoring to ease withdrawal. Then, rehab treatment uses therapy and other tools to guide your thoughts, behaviors and lifestyle away from substance use and toward a healthier life that’s not controlled by addiction.
At Transformations Treatment Center, we provide evidence-based treatment with a care plan we individualize for your unique needs. We offer a detox program through our facility Summit Detox and various rehab treatment options that we will tailor to your situation. We believe in taking a holistic approach that acknowledges the many ways addiction affects your life and the lives of those around you. Part of that approach is to address any co-occurring disorder you may have, whether that’s an addiction or dependence on an additional substance or a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression.
Our certified addiction treatment professionals can offer quality care that guides you away from the problems addiction causes and toward a healthier path of recovery. Contact us at Transformations Treatment Center so we can discuss a plan that will meet your needs.