Oxycodone, a very powerful painkiller, is part of the opiate family. Because of this, if the drug is prescribed, it is quite common for people to experience the symptoms of withdrawal when they no longer have to take it. The drug tends to be prescribed to those in mild to severe pain, or those who have chronic pain. Oxycodone is a type of extended-relief medication. This means that the chemicals are released into the bloodstream very slowly, which allows for long-lasting relief. Once this happens, the patient will experience pleasurable feelings, in part due to the relief from pain and in part due to the chemicals within the drug itself. It is for this reason that some patients become addicted to oxycodone and why it is a heavily abused prescription drug.
Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction
If you fear you or a loved one is struggling with an oxycodone addiction, help is available. However, it is important to first find out whether the problem is actually there. There are a number of common signs and symptoms commonly associated with oxycodone abuse. It is important to recognize, however, that you do not need to exhibit each of these symptoms in order to have a problem. A lot of factors will influence your experiences of the drug, including your physiology and whether or not you also have any history of mental illnesses or psychological disorders, which is known as a dual diagnosis. Some of the common signs and symptoms include:
- Finding ways to get multiple oxycodone prescriptions
- Always thinking about taking the drug
- Feeling or acting restless
- Having phantom pains whenever you are unable to take the drug
- Using the drug secretively
- Stealing or lying in order to obtain more drugs or prescriptions
- Hiding oxycodone around your property
Effects of Oxycodone Addiction
There are a number of effects associated with using oxycodone. This includes dizziness, nausea, a dry mouth and loss of appetite. Furthermore, some people experience difficulty breathing, mood swings and headaches. If oxycodone is taken for long periods of time, these effects can become notably worse. Furthermore, taking it in high dosages or for extended periods of time can lead to tolerance, meaning the drug no longer has an effect.
Tolerance can develop whenever a dependency to a drug appears. The body will require increasingly high dosages in order for the effects to be noticed. Tolerance frequently leads to dependence, which escalates to an addiction. One of the ingredients in oxycodone is acetaminophen, and this can cause liver damage. This demonstrates how important it is to seek help if you are struggling with coming off the drug.
It is not uncommon for people to experience withdrawal symptoms when the stop taking the drug. These effects can be very unpleasant and, in extreme cases, life threatening. It is a process that should only be undertaken in a drug and alcohol rehab, under medical supervision, thereby ensuring that help is at hand should something go wrong. At Creative Care, we offer a range of detox methods that are fully supported, thereby minimizing the ill effects and maximizing your chances of leading a drug-free life.
Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction
If you or a loved one have problems with oxycodone, then our staff at Creative Care are there to help you on the road to recovery. We provide tailored packages to suit your individual needs and circumstances, rather than delivering a one size fits all packaged. We also provide you with treatment from start to finish, meaning that once you have detoxed and recovered from your addiction, you are not left to reintegrate into your regular community on your own. As we also have a strong focus on dual diagnosis for those who have mental health problems, further support is also offered in terms of coping with that.
Statistics on Oxycodone
In a recent study by Medline Plus 9% of people in this country will abuse opiates at some point in their lives. Oxycodone is classed as an opiate. This percentage includes those who developed an addiction while receiving the drug on a valid prescription, as well as those who purchase their drugs through the black market on the street. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Justice has released the following statistics pertaining specifically to oxycodone abuse:
- 13 million people in this country currently abuse oxycodone
- Some 500,000 emergency room visits per year are relating to abuse of prescription painkillers like oxycodone
- Prescriptions for oxycodone have a very high street value, being of between $6,000 and $18,000 for 180 30mg tablets.
A lot of people do not realize just how serious the problem of oxycodone abuse actually is. These statistics shed some light on that, however, and clarify that this really is a significant issue. If you are in a situation where you believe oxycodone to be a problem for you, you must seek help as soon as possible.
Oxycodone Abuse in Teens
One particularly worrying fact is that oxycodone abuse is becoming more and more prevalent in teens and children. The facts provided by the U.S. Department of Justice also mention that children aged just 12 years old have been experimenting with the drug. Indeed, just three years ago, a Newtown, PA middle school student was arrested after distributing oxycodone to friends and other pupis at his schools. If you have a child and you have noticed any of the signs and symptoms described above, it is incredibly important that you seek help for them straight away.
If you or a loved one are experiencing problems with oxycodone, our Creative Care team is there to provide help. We will come up with a plan to help you get your life back on track, a life that is free from addiction and pain. We provide non-judgmental treatment, which means we will not think less of you for the choices you have made that lead to you having problems with oxycodone. Rather, we provide holistic care packages that will support you in terms of coming off the drug, but also in terms of regaining control over your life in general. Please contact us today to get started on the road to recovery.