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OxyContin Treatment, Addiction and Rehab
Oxycontin treatment in non addictive use
Oxycontin is a member of the oxycodone family, which are opioids. Opioids, specifically Oxycontin are medically prescribed painkillers designed to change the way a person’s body senses pain. Oxycontin, sometimes referred to as Oxy, Cotton or Blue, attaches itself to the opioid receptors along the spinal cord, the gastrointestinal system and in the brain. These receptors, block the sensation of pain and generally induce a sense of euphoria.
The side effects of Oxycontin abuse
Side effect of taking Oxycontin can be drowsiness and constipation. It can even depress breathing to a dangerous low, depending on the amount taken. Long-term effects of Oxycontin abuse typically lead to physical dependence and can have a damaging effect on the Central Nervous System. When taken in doses that are higher than a doctor recommended amount, Oxycontin can cause anxiety, high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat, paranoia and seizures.
Oxycontin addiction and abuse
Street use of the prescription drug is varied, with some users simply taking more pills than medically necessary, however, for users that have developed a tolerance for the drug, the pills are crushed into a powder and snorted or injected. Oxycontin is designed to be a time release of a high dosage of oxycodone, so when the pill is crushed, the user experiences the full effect of the drug immediately. The full dose of Oxycontin can depress a user’s respiration to the point where they simply stop breathing. This is a frequent cause of death among Oxycontin abusers. .
A 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 15.2 million Americans over the age of 12 have taken prescription drugs under non-medical circumstances. Teenagers frequently experiment with Oxycontin and the NIDA “Monitoring the Future” survey showed that 4.7% of 12th graders have abused Oxycontin for recreational purposes. The danger of prescription drug abuse is that the drug is available from many sources that can obtain the drug legally.
According to a 2009 SAMHSA survey, 56% of people that use pain relievers non-medically in the last year say they got their drugs for free from a friend or relative. Eighteen percent report they were able to get the drug from one doctor. Because of the method of gaining access to Oxycontin, users, especially teens and young adults may believe that using Oxycontin recreationally is safer than using illegal drugs, such as heroin, when, in fact, there is little difference between the prescription opioid, Oxycontin and the illegal drug, heroin. In fact, it is often referred to on the street as “Hillbilly Heroin.”
Oxycontin rehab treatment
Oxycontin addiction treatment
In an absence of pain medication management, abuse of Oxycontin or other prescription pain relievers can lead to a physical dependence just as powerful as any illicit drug and withdrawal symptoms from Oxycontin nearly mirror those of heroin. They include muscle and bone pain, restlessness, diarrhea, cold flashes with goose bumps, insomnia and legs and arm spasms. If a user is severely addicted to Oxycontin, it may be necessary for them to take a substitute medication to replace the drug in the body.
Frequently, methadone is used to help the body readjust to life without opioids in the users system. Methadone attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the body, but the effects of euphoria and the side effects are not the same as they are with Oxycontin. Methadone does not cause the user to become drowsy, nor does it impair their judgment, so recovering addicts can perform everyday tasks.
Recovery from OxyContin addiction
Challenges is a nationally recognized center for the treatment of substance abuse, addictions, dual diagnoses and relapse prevention. Our treatment programs are specifically designed with the needs of the individual patient in mind. We specialize in OxyContin Addiction rehab, the detox process and relapse prevention for a long healthy life free of abuse from the drug oxycontin.
If detox from Oxycontin is needed, we can meets the needs of our client. The Challenges staff is highly trained and compassionate. We are one of the oldest addiction treatment and relapse prevention centers, not only in the State of Florida, but also in the United States. If you or someone you love has a Oxycontin addiction, we can help.
We tell our clients that “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide support and assistance necessary to back that up. Our goal is to provide people with the tools they need to help them identify their own warning signs and trigger mechanisms. We also help them prepare a concrete plan for success as they move out of the program.
We have a wide variety of treatment programs available, including neurofeedback, massage, yoga, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing alumni services and technology-enhanced aftercare to ensure continued recovery and support.