OxyContin is a semisynthetic opioid analgesic prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It contains oxycodone, the active compound found in Percocet, Roxicodone and Tylox. OxyContin contains 10-180 milligrams of oxycodone in a timed-release tablet. Regardless of the dosage, OxyContin poses a threat of toxic poisoning and it is highly addictive. Street names for OxyContin include “Oxy,” “OC” and “hillbilly heroin.”
The drug, a member of the opiate family, binds to receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. As a central nervous system depressant, it produces a sense of ease and helps change the perception of pain. As an individual continues to take the drug, the body becomes accustomed to the levels of oxycodone and needs more to maintain its sense of ease, causing a dependence on the drug. With every stage of leveling, the body requires higher and more frequent dosages.
OxyContin addiction has a negative impact on an addict’s physical and psychological health. It causes great distress in social, occupational and relational functioning. The addict becomes consumed with obtaining and using OxyContin. Euphoria produced by OxyContin becomes shorter-lasting and the addict ends up needing to continue use to avoid the sickness of withdrawal.
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An addict has the best chance of completing OxyContin withdrawal in a licensed drug detox program that will manage the body’s response in the absence of OxyContin. Psychological rebound effects that accompany OxyContin withdrawal are also managed better when the patient is under constant monitoring in a therapeutic environment.
By using a number of medically prescribed drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and Suboxone, OxyContin withdrawal symptoms can be eased. Administration of these controlled substances should occur within a licensed medical detoxification facility. Doctors and nurses specializing in substance abuse and withdrawal are keenly aware of the symptoms surrounding OxyContin withdrawal and are able to respond rapidly to crises as they arise.
At Lakeview Health Systems, our medical staff monitors detox and dispenses medications to decrease symptoms of opiate withdrawal, helping the addict detox comfortably. Detox alone will not break the abuse cycle. Without follow-up treatment, it is highly unlikely that an addict will be able to maintain long-term sobriety.
Once drugs leave the body, a patient has the ability to learn about the nature of addiction, what triggers a desire to use, how to overcome such triggers and more. These tools give a patient the ability to make positive, life-affirming choices. Putting down drugs and alcohol is just the first step in recovery. Self-examination, changing thought patterns and learning new emotional responses to everyday stressors are the keys to staying sober.
If you are physically ill from OxyContin use, and are tired of being in the bondage of drug addiction and want to live a life filled with potential rather than depression, anxiety and pain, then Lakeview Health Systems is ready to help you.