Oxycodone is a narcotic type of medication. As an opioid, it is prescribed for people who have mild to severe pain, often of a chronic nature. This includes burns, cancer, bone pain and so on. Unfortunately, the drug has a very high risk of abuse. On a molecular level, it is almost the same as heroin, which demonstrates just how dangerous it can be. Taking oxycodone is dangerous even without the addictive properties, as it can lead to respiratory problems (even at low dosages) and other complications that can be fatal.
How Oxycodone Works
Oxycodone works with a time release mechanism. This means that, when taking it according to the prescription, pain relief is provided in a slow manner. Those who abuse this drug, however, have found a number of innovative ways to bypass this, creating a far more potent high. One way to achieve this is by crushing and snorting the tablets. Others chew it rather than swallowing it whole and others still inject it. Abusing this drug can have devastating effects on lives and communities and often leads to death.
A lot of people believe that as the drug is available on prescription, it must be safe. Unfortunately, this is about as far from the truth as you can get. Many people who use the drug according to their prescription will tell you that the negative side effects almost outweigh the positives. Furthermore, the consequences of using it outside of the prescribed way can be incredibly serious.
Signs and Symptoms of an Addiction
It is very important to identify whether or not you actually have an oxycodone addiction before you seek an oxycodone detox or treatment. However, as every person is an individual, with unique DNA, the way they respond to the drug can vary as well. This can make it difficult to recognize whether or not you have an addiction. There are a number of signs and symptoms that are very common, so looking out for those is a good place to start. In terms of:
- Mood – depression, euphoria, mood swings, anxiety
- Behavior – getting multiple prescriptions, for instance by visiting multiple doctors; disorganization, obsession with the drug, lack of interest in other activities, using the drug in secret, stealing (prescriptions or money to pay for them), hording and hiding the drug.
- Physiologically – Restlessness, phantom pains when you are due to take more, sedation, agitation, drowsiness, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms.
- Psychologically – numbing, impaired decision making, poor mental health and worsening of mental health problems (dual diagnosis), confusion, memory problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Withdrawal
If you do have an addiction or dependency on oxycodone, it is important that you seek immediate help. This drug has the potential to ruin lives, including your own, but you can get help. Unfortunately, as the drug is so similar to heroin, addiction treatment is long and difficult. However, it is something that can be done under the supervision of our team of professionals at Creative Care. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have trained staff present during detox and rehabilitation, not in the least because many people have a dual diagnosis, which means they also suffer from some sort of mental health issue.
As every person is different, they not only experience their addiction in a unique way, but also their withdrawal. Hence, the signs and symptoms of oxycodone detox and withdrawal can be very wide-ranging and their severity varies as well. You can expect, however, to experience sedation, lightheadedness, rashes, headaches, dizziness, constipation, sweating, nausea and vomiting, seizures and dry mouth. These symptoms are incredibly uncomfortable and the knowledge that a single hit of oxycodone can resolve them is why so many people relapse on this drug.
You can get help if you have a dependency on oxycodone. Please contact our team at Creative Care today and we will help you get started on the road to recovery. This will include a period of detox followed by rehabilitation for oxycodone and all substances that are being abused, where we will identify the types of therapy most appropriate for your personal needs. This includes alternative therapies such as acupuncture and meditation. Our goal is to ensure you can regain control over your own life and rebuild relationships with your community. We will be there every step of the way, helping you to avoid relapse.