OxyContin Addiction Treatment
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What is OxyContin?
In 1996, OxyContin entered the pain management scene. The American Journal of Public Health reports that within four years of its launch, sales from OxyContin in the United States numbered over one billion dollars. Marketed as a pain management drug, OxyContin soon grew famous for treating a wide range of conditions, from chronic back pain to surgical recovery. Unfortunately, what we know today is that OxyContin is one of the most highly addictive substances known to man.
OxyContin is an opioid, meaning that it is derived from the opium found in poppies. The opioid class of drugs includes OxyContin and many other prescription painkillers, such as Percocet, morphine, Vicodin, codeine, and fentanyl. Heroin is also an opiate. Opioids can be found in natural substances, like opium, or can be semi-synthetic- like OxyContin, or entirely synthetic. Opiates have similar effects on the brain, the body, and on long-term health. However, while OxyContin is highly addictive and dangerous, there is effective drug treatment available for OxyContin addiction.
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. It is crucial that individuals begin developing positive relationships and understanding how to deal with negative emotions appropriately.
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.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
For individuals who have mental health disorders, health issues, poly-substance dependence (addiction to multiple substances) as well as OxyContin addiction we offer Dual Diagnosis treatment programming to provide comprehensive services to address all of the acute needs that are co-occurring.
Learn More About Opiate Drug Rehab
Most families feel overwhelmed when trying to find the ideal drug rehab for a loved one. It is hard to know which is the best drug rehab to choose that will best meet their specific needs. Finding an addiction treatment center that stands up to the test clinically, ethically, and financially can be like looking for a needle in a haystack and making a wrong decision can be a costly mistake. Many individuals struggle for years before they enter an inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab program, and squandering the opportunity by attending a program that is not the right fit is decision many families could avoid with proper education. For more information concerning how to identify quality addiction treatment facilities and what families should know before choosing the drug program to send their loved one too, speak to one of our addiction counselors who can educate and empower you through the process. Our primary goal is to ensure that you find the ideal alcohol facility or drug facility for you and your family. We want to see you embark upon a long road of recovery from addiction.
Effects of OxyContin Use
OxyContin, like many other opioids, has strong 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 even a single 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.
OxyContin Withdrawal and 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 lead still to addiction due to physical dependence. In some cases, people who suffer from OxyContin addiction begin using illicit drugs like heroin when they are unable to 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 will usually be given a medication taper to get off of the OxyContin. This medication taper consists of such drugs like Suboxone, Methadone, and Ativan.
Signs & Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction
Long-term OxyContin use can contribute other to social, emotional, and medical consequences. Many individuals who are 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 communicable 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 resulting from the use of the medication.
Additionally, other signs include selling treasured possessions, changes in mood and daily habits, symptoms of withdrawal, 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.
Treating OxyContin Withdrawal and Dependence
Since OxyContin is so 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, and 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 of OxyContin by using other substances, such as benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium.
The outcome of mixing these drugs is extremely dangerous, 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 increase the chance of suffering an overdose. Treating OxyContin addiction is most effective when it begins with a supervised detox, followed by comprehensive services at an OxyContin Treatment Center.
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 a range of 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. The individualized care and attention are the qualities that make our drug treatment center first in class and help you to 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 varying 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, inpatient treatment or outpatient drug rehab, then please call our trained and compassionate staff today.