Oxycodone Detox


Oxycodone withdrawal happens when the levels of opioids drop in the body of a person who has a physical dependency. The withdrawal symptoms can be significantly uncomfortable and they can last well over five days. Once the physical withdrawal has been surpassed, however, psychological withdrawal still remains and this also requires care.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Detox

The physical symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal are best compared to the flu. The psychological symptoms, however, are incredibly demoralizing. Because of these difficulties, many people choose not to withdraw, instead sustaining their addiction. At Creative Care, we are there to help people with the right levels of support in order to help them rehabilitate.

Physical Symptoms

Most people who withdraw from oxycodone experience physical symptoms for between five days and two weeks, depending on the level of addiction. The worst day is generally day four. Although generally not dangerous (unless other medical problems are present), physical withdrawal is uncomfortable, but not dangerous. Some of the commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Abdominal problems (cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea)
  • Flu symptoms (fever, sneezing, runny nose, aching muscles, hot and cold sweats)
  • Abnormal sensations on the skin
  • Low energy and yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Teary eyes

Psychological Symptoms

The psychological symptoms that people experience during oxycodone detox can be devastating. They last for a very long time and are one of the biggest challenges to a good recover. This is why professional support is so important in treating these psychological problems. Commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Concentration problems
  • Social isolation

Complications of Oxycodone Detox

Although generally not dangerous, it is possible to experience complications with oxycodone detoxification. The biggest danger is when people vomit and breathe the contents of their stomach into their lungs. This can lead to infections and dangerous dehydration. This is another reason why withdrawal should only be done with support of professional care.

Treatment Options

It is a known fact that physical dependence to opioids and prescription painkillers is a growing problem in our country. There is a lot of focus on raising awareness amongst the general public. Additionally, new and innovative treatment options are being developed in order to help people overcome their addiction. At Creative Care, we are at the forefront of these innovations.

Many people still try to quit taking opioids without external help. They go “cold turkey” and stop taking the product from one day to another. This causes severe unpleasant symptoms, which often leads to the effort not being successful.

Another option people use is trying cocktail recipes from the internet for detoxification. These recipes show people which other drugs to take in order to combat the symptoms of withdrawal. Some measure of success has been achieved through this method, but it does not address the psychological withdrawal, which is far more difficult to overcome. Creative Care does not endorse or suggest anyone ever try to detox from this devastating drug on their own without medical supervision.

The problem with trying to solve an oxycodone addiction without professional help is that the chance of relapse is very high. Those who have been able to beat the physical symptoms of withdrawal but then still return to the drug at a later stage are at increased risk of overdosing, as they will continue to take the amount they did when they still had high tolerance. Overdosing on oxycodone can be life-threatening and will lead to hospitalization.

The final option is to attend a rehabilitation facility like Creative Care. Here, people can either use some form of drug replacement therapy or medication assisted treatment (MAT) in order to overcome their addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MAT is the most successful method of treating oxycodone withdrawal.

MAT is offered on an in-patient basis and precludes behavioral modification, which addresses the psychological withdrawal symptoms. At Creative Care, we have a lot of experience in dealing with dual diagnosis, which happens when someone has not just a substance addiction, but also a mental health issue. This mental health issue can have led to or have been caused by the substance abuse.


The physical addiction to oxycodone leads to changes in the brain, which causes functional and behavioral changes. Brain function can be restored to normal through detox, but behavioral modification requires further attention. The focus has to be on teaching a client how to live a normal life without resorting to prescription painkillers. At Creative Care, we understand that every client is an individual, and we ensure that the treatment package we offer is tailored to your individual needs. This is what will help you to be successful in your endeavors, helping you return to the community as a productive member of society, with a far lower risk of relapse.

With some people, rehabilitation can take as long as a year. Contingency management therapy is a type of therapy that is promising to be very rewarding in dealing with oxycodone withdrawal. This is a system whereby a recovering addict is able to earn rewards for not returning to the drug, which can be exchanged for certain items focusing on healthy lifestyles. One of the reasons why this is such a successful type of therapy is because oxycodone damages the reward system in the brain, which can be restored through contingency management therapy.

Another type of therapy frequently used in the treatment of oxycodone detox is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This can be used alongside other types of therapy. With CBT, a client is given the psychological tools they need to enable them to deal with the stresses that previously made them turn to oxycodone. This helps to prevent relapse.

At Creative Care, we understand that the success of oxycodone withdrawal is dependent on three main factors: the initial detoxification process, the rehabilitation that follows the detox and the willpower of the client. Unfortunately, relapse is very common with oxycodone abuse and we ensure our treatment programs focus on preventing this from happening. Please contact us today if you or one of your loved ones has a problem with oxycodone. We are here to help you overcome this issue.

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