What is Oxycodone?
OxyContin is one of the many brand-name versions of the drug oxycodone, a strong prescription narcotic used for pain relief. Oxycodone is often used to treat moderate to severe pain from surgery, cancer, injuries, arthritis, and other ailments and conditions.
It was first approved for use by the FDA in 1995, and since that time, it has become the most commonly abused painkiller on the market. As opioid-like morphine and heroin, oxycodone is a powerful painkiller, but it’s also highly addictive and may require the user to seek oxycodone addiction treatment. Call today at 877-284-0353 to have your opiate rehab questions answered confidentially by an addiction expert.
In general, there are four ways a person can become addicted to oxycodone, and they are prescription drug use that turns into abuse, recreational use, self-medication, and withdrawal avoidance. Many people who enter OxyContin rehab are introduced to the drug through a legitimate need for painkillers that progress into a full-blown opioid addiction.
Others become addicted to oxycodone because they began using it recreationally or wanted to numb the physical or emotional pain they’ve experienced from trauma, abuse, or mental health disorders. And finally, some people must enter an oxycodone detox after becoming addicted to the drug because of long-term use, which can occur when a legitimate user wants to avoid the negative symptoms of withdrawal.
However, not all patients who are prescribed oxycodone end up addicted, and those who are at the most risk are people who have already suffered some form of drug or alcohol dependence.
Symptoms & Effects
Oxycodone Related Dangers
One of the major dangers of oxycodone abuse is the potential for overdose, especially in addicts who override the pill’s built-in time-release mechanism by crushing the tablet and snorting, ingesting, or injecting the powder. Because oxycodone can depress respiration and lower blood pressure, an overdose can cause seizures, coma, or cardiac arrest.
Furthermore, many oxycodone addicts will attempt to prolong their high by mixing the drug with alcohol, stimulants, or depressants. These combinations drastically increase the risk of respiratory failure, heart attack, and stroke.
Offering Counseling for Individuals and Families
Your addiction doesn’t just affect your life but also takes a toll on your parents, siblings, romantic partners, children, friends, and loved ones. Even with the help of oxycodone addiction treatment and a detox and rehab program, your addiction will still have a lasting impact on your family unless you all address the consequences of your behavior.
At Beachway, we understand that family counseling is good for you, that it’s an essential step for the healing of your family and the individual members, and that it’s necessary to prevent stress and problems that could lead to a relapse. We also recognize that your family and loved ones will play an integral role in your recovery, which is why we offer family counseling services for our clients on top of the individual and group therapy that you’ll attend. Following your OxyContin detox, you’ll have access to family therapy, where your loved ones can come together to:
- Learn how to deal with your addiction effectively
- Find out how to participate in your recovery without enabling you
- Address family problems and dynamics that may have led to your drug use and addiction
- Learn about healthy relationships, boundaries, and supportive behaviors
- Explore how to deal with stress and promote a healthy family dynamic
- Understand the emotional consequences of your addiction and the impact it’s had on the family and its members
- Set goals for a healthy and sober future