Oxycontin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. If you or a loved one is struggling with OxyContin contact us for help today.
Oxycontin is a strong opioid prescribed for pain. It’s a brand name for oxycodone hcl. For a time, Oxycontin was heavily marketed by its manufacturer. However, its risks were inadequately addressed. This led to high rates of misuse, abuse and addiction to the drug.
People often did not realize when they first started a prescription how addictive the medication could be. Meanwhile, others found the drug gave a good high when crushed or liquefied. When the manufacturer made changes to try to remedy these problems, many people turned to heroin.
Stories similar to this are common. People start opioid use with a prescription in order to find pain relief. However they end up addicted before knowing the full risk of the drug. Once people are addicted, they often turn to higher doses. Additionally, they’ll try more potent opioids and sometimes to heroin.
No matter how you got here, you or your loved one might now be showing signs of an Oxycontin addiction. You could be like the many people who don’t realize how addictive opioids can be until it is too late. But fortunately, treatment can help you learn how to get your life back.
Substance use disorder is what professionals call it when you abuse or have an addiction to a substance. They might get even more specific and call it opioid use disorder to fit the addiction to the opioid Oxycontin.
How do you know if your Oxycontin use has turned into an opioid use disorder? This has probably become the case if you are no longer following your doctor’s prescription. For example, you might be taking Oxycontin in higher doses or more often than your doctor’s orders. Also, you could have tried getting opioids from numerous doctors. Not to mention, obtained Oxycontin in an illegal way because you felt like your prescription didn’t last long enough. Nonetheless, you could develop dependency to the drug even if you are still following a prescription. Especially if it’s a long-term.
You could be addicted if you’re putting the drug use ahead of other things that used to be more important to you. Likewise, if you’re not quitting even though the Oxycontin is contributing to relationship, work, financial or other problems in your life. A professional can help you understand whether you have a substance use disorder with opioids.
Another way to tell if you’ve become addicted to Oxycontin is that you go through withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking it. You might feel anxiety or depression, have digestive symptoms like nausea or experience other symptoms. These are part of the initial acute withdrawal period. However you could face longer-lasting symptoms as part of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
Withdrawal symptoms can create an unhealthy cycle where you might stay dependent on Oxycontin to prevent the effects that could arise if you stop. A detox program can help break this cycle by safely getting the drug out of your body so you can stop using it.
Detoxification provides monitoring, medication and a sober environment to get you past withdrawal. Likewise, we help prevent you from going back to the drug. At Transformations Treatment Center, we provide a detox program through our Summit Detox facility.
Detox is only the first step of quitting substance use. It helps you get over the hurdle of acute withdrawal and stop using the drug. After that, you need to address factors in your life that contribute to addiction. As well as learn ways you can avoid going down that path again.
This is easier said than done, because ongoing substance use can change the brain and behaviors. But professional rehab treatment can provide tools and support that empower you to stick with a life free of dependency.
A rehab treatment program will generally provide therapy, which could include individual, group and family therapy. Depending on the program, treatment can include many other components to address numerous aspects of addiction.
At Transformations Treatment Center, we take a holistic approach, because we know addiction affects your mind, body and spirit. We place a large focus on family support. Other treatment programs, however seldom include family support. We also tailor our treatment to your unique needs through our individualized programs. To fit your situation, we can put you on different levels and tracks of our partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.
Also, we will assess and provide treatment for any existing co-occurring disorder. Such as another substance use disorder or a mental health disorder. We want to give you the support that will help you truly turn your life around. Therefore we aim to uncover and address the myriad challenges involved in your addiction. When you have completed our treatment program, we don’t just send you on your way. We stay connected with you through our aftercare program. Hence we can continue to guide you and be there if you need our help.
If an Oxycontin addiction has been taking over your life, reach out for help to learn how to break free of the addiction cycle. Our addiction treatment professionals at Transformations Treatment Center are here to guide you on your path away from addiction. Contact us today for more information on our certified staff of professionals, as well as our first-rate facilities.