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Oxycodone is a strong, semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Opioid prescriptions given to patients nearly tripled in the years between 1991 and 2013.

Opioids change how your brain experiences and responds to discomfort. When taking oxycodone, there is a high risk for addiction. This drug will not only alleviate much of your pain, but it may also provide you with a high that can lead to abuse and consequent addiction.

You can develop a tolerance for the drug, even if you’ve been taking the opioid as prescribed. You may find that you need to take more of it in order to achieve the same analgesic effects, leading to dependence and addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction

The following symptoms can indicate that someone has become addicted to oxycodone:

  • Nodding off or exhibiting lethargy and drowsiness
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Itchiness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Shallow breathing
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Constricted pupils

When someone is abusing this opioid, whether it’s because they’ve built up a tolerance or whether they are taking more in order to get high, the signs are similar.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has determined that the prescription drug OxyContin, a painkiller containing only oxycodone, may have been implicated in over 450 overdose-related deaths over two years’ time.

A person with an addiction will do whatever they need to do in order to obtain the drug they crave. They may steal, purchase it illegally, doctor-shop or go to more extensive means of obtaining the drug.

Treatment Options

Once you or a loved one have come to terms with the reality of oxycodone abuse and addiction, you can seek out treatment options available to regain your sobriety. Luckily, there are many paths to overcoming opioid addiction.

Inpatient Programs

Residential treatment centers involve living in a facility for a certain amount of time to overcome oxycodone addiction. Patients take part in counseling sessions and group therapy, and medical detox may be included in the treatment. Inpatient rehab facility stays can vary in length, with the average lasting between 30 and 90 days. Patients will learn ways to cope with the triggers and stressors that led to opioid abuse.

Outpatient Treatment

The goals and treatments are similar to those for inpatient therapy, but you do not need to live in a facility. You can attend treatment sessions and then go home for the evening.

12-Step Programs

Using the principles from the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, these programs offer mutual support, recognition of your powerlessness over opioids and making amends to those you’ve hurt during your period of addiction.

Dual Diagnosis Programs

These treatment options take into account both your opioid addiction and mental health issues. If you suffer from depression, anxiety or a trauma-induced state, your addiction may be able to be traced back to a psychiatric condition. Or, you may be mentally troubled because of your oxycodone abuse. Dual diagnosis treats both conditions simultaneously.

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Opioids and Opiates: Oxycodone
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