Oxycontin Drug Rehab and Detox Facilities for Addiction

In recent years, a prescription drug abuse problem has taken the United States by storm. Millions of people throughout the country are abusing prescription and have become addicted to prescription pain relievers.

Of the many prescription pain medications that are a part of this epidemic, OxyContin is among one of the most widely used. If you or a loved one is abusing or is addicted to OxyContin, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Read on to learn more about OxyContin addiction and to find out how you can get help.

OxyContin Explained

OxyContin is the brand name for Oxycodone, a prescription opiod pain reliever. It is a powerful analgesic (pain reliever), and it is used to help ease moderate to severe pain. Patients who are suffering from arthritis, cancer, back problems, and those who have undergone surgery, are often prescribed OxyContin to treat their pain.

The Effects of OxyContin

While OxyContin is highly effective for easing pain, it also causes other effects. Many patients that take this  medication say that they feel a sense of euphoria and just feel happier when they take it. For that reason, many people take more than the amount they are prescribed. Likewise, a great many people take OxyContin recreationally, meaning that they only take it to feel the euphoric effects that it offers.

The more a person takes OxyContin, the higher their tolerance becomes. This further compounds the addictive qualities of this drug, as well as the dangers that are associated it. In order to feel the effects, an individual will take more of the drug, which increases the dangerous side effects, and further enhances the cycle of abuse and addiction.

The negative effects of OxyContin can include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Itchy skin
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Profuse sweating
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing

Depending on the amount that a person has taken, the effects can become so severe that a heart attack, stroke, or even death can occur.

If you or someone you know is using OxyContin and experience any of the above symptoms, seeking immediate medical treatment is imperative.

Treatment for OxyContin Abuse and Addiction

Given the steady increase in OxyContin abuse and addiction in the United States, many drug rehabilitation programs now offer treatment programs that specifically aim to help patients combat this problem. There are various treatment options available. Inpatient rehab is highly recommended for those who are suffering from a severe addiction. With this type of treatment, patients can undergo medically supervised detox, therapy, and counseling at a residential facility. For individuals who are just starting to show the signs of addiction, an outpatient treatment approach, or a 12-step program, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can be effective.

No matter how severe your addiction to OxyContin may be, take comfort in knowing that there is help available for you. Our highly trained counselors can connect you to a rehab that will meet your unique needs so that you can take your life back from addiction and get onto the road to recovery.

Contact us today and let us be your first step on the journey to sobriety.