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As helpful as Oxycodone can be when taken as prescribed, it can also be quite dangerous. Many patients develop an addiction while getting treated with a prescription to Oxycodone. In the following article, we will explore the dangers of misusing Oxycodone and explore the signs and symptoms caused by an existing Oxycodone addiction.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a prescription opioid that belongs to the class of narcotic analgesics. It is commonly prescribed to help relieve moderate to more severe pain, alone or in combination with other pain relievers.
It works as a depressant, thus slowing down the pain signals that are traveling to the brain from different parts of our body. In addition, Oxycodone, like any other opioid, also alters the way that our body and brain respond to the pain itself, causing the pain to decline.
However, since Oxycodone is an opioid drug, it can be very addictive. Any misuse of this powerful opioid can easily lead to deadly consequences. Oxycodone addiction causes serious psychological, physical, and behavioral signs and symptoms, and can even lead to death.
Common Oxycodone Addiction Signs:
- Inability to stop using Oxycodone;
- Possessing multiple prescription bottles from different doctors;
- Poor performance at school/work, etc.
- Frequent Constipation;
- Loss of appetite;
- Lack of personal hygiene
The main reason why Oxycodone is misused is the fact that it triggers a dopamine rush in the brain, thus resulting in a euphoric high. It is this characteristic euphoric high that most users are craving, and it is the reason as to why they continue misusing Oxycodone.
It does not help the situation the fact that most users develop a tolerance against Oxycodone, or their prescribed dosage, to be more precise, after only as little as two weeks. To achieve that euphoric high, the person craves a higher and higher dose over time, eventually resulting in addiction.
Unfortunately, Oxycodone addiction is not uncommon at all. In fact, according to the United States Department for Justice, more than 13 million Americans have abused Oxycodone. And what is even more unfortunate, children often fall into the hands of Oxycodone addiction as well, with many of them being as young as 12 years old.
Symptoms of Oxycodone withdrawal
Oxycodone withdrawal and detox can be extremely painful if not overseen in a medical facility by doctors. Trying to detox from Oxycodone by yourself or at home is not recommended because of the severity and complications that can occur. If you need help with Oxycodone withdrawal, please give us a call 24/7 to learn how medication-assisted treatment like Suboxone treatment can help ease the overall pain associated with Oxycodone withdrawal. The following withdrawal symptoms are expected to happen due to discontinued use of Oxycodone in a person that has developed an addiction to it:
- Muscle aches;
- Sweating and/or chills;
- Anxiety, etc.
Oxycodone Withdrawal Timeline
Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can develop as early as 4 to 6 hours after the last dose. It is within the first 12 to 24 hours that most addicts report experiencing the first withdrawal symptoms. Typically, it takes up to one week for the withdrawal symptoms to stop. However, for some people, the withdrawal symptoms can last up to two weeks and even a month, depending on different factors such as their age, the dosage that has been used, the length of time in which Oxycodone has been misused, etc.
What Oxycodone Detox is Like at Bridges To Life Detox
Detoxing from Oxycodone is a difficult and uncomfortable experience but we at Bridges to Life try to make it as comfortable as possible for you.
For anyone who is trying to detox from Oxycodone or any other drug, really, the best way to do it is by asking for proper medical help. We have been successfully helping people just like you recover from Oxycodone and Opioid addiction for years.
After admitting you, we will develop a custom detox plan specifically for you and your needs. Then we typically suggest a short taper off ox Oxycodone using medication-assisted treatment to ease the overall withdrawal symptoms. This process can typically take 7-10 days.
Treatment For Oxycodone addiction
Any case of addiction requires specific and unique attention. Key components of any addiction treatment are cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and medication-based treatment. As a part of the CBT, individual and group therapy takes place. During the therapy sessions, the therapist and the addicts focus on determining what the exact triggers are and how to avoid them, what to do when drug cravings occur in the future, etc.
The patients are also focusing on how to avoid relapses, which is a very important part of the treatment itself. But the treatment centers also offer motivational interviewing and development of techniques that are meant to help the patients to go back to living a normal, healthy life as they were before they ever encountered Oxycodone or any other drug.
While Oxycodone addiction treatment can typically be an expensive out of pocket cost, most insurance policaies through your work or under your parents typically cover all or most of your treatment! You can verify your insurance here, call us 24/7 or live chat now to start your recovery journey today.