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OxyContin Addiction Treatment

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin is an extended-release version for the narcotic drug oxycodone, a narcotic derived from processing opium. Oxycontin is used to treat moderate to chronic pain.

OxyContin is a highly addictive opioid, meaning that it comes from the opium found in poppies. The opioid class of drugs includes prescription painkillers, such as Percocet, morphine, Vicodin, codeine, and fentanyl. There are various forms of oxycodone available that affect how the drug affects the central nervous system and the period of time it’s available in the system.

OxyContin abuse and addiction are relatively common. Its classification as a Schedule II drug proves it has a high potential for misuse and abuse.


OxyContin Addiction Treatment Programs

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat OxyContin addiction by helping patients to develop relapse prevention skills alongside therapy targeted at processing and resolving core issues of their substance abuse disorder. Individuals must begin developing positive relationships and understanding how to deal with negative emotions appropriately.

Medical Detox

Unfortunately, millions of Americans are familiar with OxyContin addiction. Even though OxyContin has extreme potential for addiction, many patients receive long-term prescriptions for the drug. When these medications are taken as prescribed, this can still lead to addiction due to physical dependence.

In some cases, people who suffer from OxyContin addiction begin using illicit drugs like heroin when they cannot access prescription pills. OxyContin dependence leads to painful, unpleasant withdrawal when the individual stops using the substance. Withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin include extreme cravings, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweats, insomnia, agitation, depression, restless legs, and body aches.

The intense desire to avoid these feelings leads many people to continue using OxyContin addictively. These individuals will have to enter a medical detox program and be given a medication taper to get off the OxyContin. This medication taper consists of drugs like Suboxone, Methadone, and Ativan.

Inpatient Treatment

After completing medical detox, patients recovering from OxyContin addiction begin drug treatment as the next level of care. During this course of drug rehab, individuals live at the treatment center and engage in thorough therapy.

Outpatient Treatment

Recovery from OxyContin addiction is an ongoing process. We continue to support patients who complete inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab by providing continuing services to patients who transition to sober homes or independent living.

Dual Diagnosis Program

For individuals who have mental health disorders, health issues, poly-substance dependence (addiction to multiple substances), and OxyContin addiction, we offer Dual Diagnosis treatment programming to provide comprehensive services to address all of the acute needs co-occurring.

Learn More About OxyContin Addiction

Our philosophy is to treat the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. We offer comprehensive care that includes medical and psychiatric services to ensure that every barrier to long-term recovery is addressed. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have developed a dependence on OxyContin, call us today to begin walking the path to freedom from addiction.

Identifying OxyContin Addiction

Long-term OxyContin use can contribute to social, emotional, and medical consequences. Many individuals dependent on OxyContin struggle financially due to the need to fund their dependence, and many find themselves unable to maintain employment. The rollercoaster of euphoria and withdrawal can create or worsen depression and anxiety. As the addiction develops, users may lose relationships with friends, family, and partners due to the pursuit of OxyContin becoming the number one priority.

As someone’s tolerance, the amount of the substance they need to feel the desired effect, rises, they may turn to high-risk options, such as using higher amounts of the drug or injecting the drug. These habits can lead to a host of severe effects, such as overdoses, contraction of infectious diseases, and even fatality.

Signs that someone may have an OxyContin addiction or OxyContin dependence include using more than the prescribed dose (in individuals who have a prescription), purchasing OxyContin from street dealers, and financial problems from the use of the medication.

Additionally, other signs include selling treasured possessions, changes in mood and daily habits, withdrawal symptoms, track marks from injecting (small needle wounds or scars, typically on the arms), or visiting multiple doctors for the same condition to acquire more prescriptions.

Effects of OxyContin Use

Like many other opioids, OxyContin has potent pain-relieving properties since these drugs work by attaching to the receptors in the brain that regulate pain. These drugs also produce dopamine and serotonin, the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals. In the short term, OxyContin use can cause drowsiness, slowed respiratory function, euphoria, and pain relief.

Unfortunately, short-term OxyContin use can cause a fatal overdose by shutting down the respiratory system. An overdose can also lead to brain damage and coma, even when the overdose victim survives.

Long-term OxyContin use leads to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. In addition to these effects, OxyContin can cause sleep problems, constipation, nausea, and lower pain tolerance.

Treating OxyContin Dependence

Since OxyContin is addictive and produces intense physical withdrawal symptoms, medical detox is necessary for people who decide to stop using. Withdrawal from OxyContin can lead to dehydration, extreme physical discomfort, acute mental distress, and suicidal ideation.

Medical detox allows for the process to be as comfortable and safe as possible. It’s also imperative to monitor the medical detox process because many addicts attempt to wean themselves off OxyContin by using other substances, such as benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium.

The outcome of mixing these drugs is hazardous, as the combination can result in slowing down or stopping the respiratory system and cause death. Combining OxyContin with many substances, such as alcohol, cocaine, and other prescription pills vastly increases the chance of suffering an overdose. 

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


Our OxyContin Rehab Center

OxyContin addiction treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute consists of individual and group therapy, recovery support group participation, gym access, recovery-oriented activities, community integration, case management, life skills development, and much more.

Depending on their individual needs and goals, patients can participate in various therapeutic modalities ranging from trauma resolution to medication management and psychiatric appointments. We build your treatment program around what it is that you need, not the other way around. Individualized care and attention are the qualities that make our alcohol and drug treatment center first in class and help you overcome your drug and alcohol addiction.

Will Insurance Cover OxyContin Addiction Treatment?

Many insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost of OxyContin rehab programs. Individual insurance companies have different policies and benefits. We are happy to help you explore insurance or self-pay options that work for you. If you or a loved one is trying to find out which OxyContin addiction treatment center is best for you or want to find out what your insurance might cover towards detox, please call our trained and compassionate staff today.

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We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.