OxyContin Addiction Treatment and Therapy
As long term abuse leads to addiction, stopping Oxycontin use brings withdrawal. Any treatment program begins with detoxification, followed by long-term inpatient rehabilitation. Gradual tapering off of the drug is the preferred method of detoxification (under medical supervision) and a therapeutic community structure for rehabilitation provides the most successful treatment. The patient should also be examined for co-occurring disorders in order to be sure that rehabilitation is successful. Strong support systems must also be available after inpatient treatment has been concluded in order to prevent a relapse.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for Oxycontin addiction, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.
OxyContin is the brand name for the opioid analgesic Oxycodone, which is a semi-synthetic narcotic derived from opium. It’s a Schedule II drug available by prescription only, and is used to treat moderate pain. When Oxycodone is combined with nonnarcotic analgesics, it’s sold under the brand names Percocet (acetominopen) and Percodan (aspirin). OxyContin is the controlled-release variant of Oxycodone, and is used to treat pain when an around-the-clock analgesic is needed over an extended period of time.
OxyContin is often referred to as OC, OX, Oxy, or Oxycotton, and is available in capsule, liquid and tablet form. Because it’s available only through prescription, abusers employ a number of different tactics to acquire it, including “doctor-shopping,” forging prescriptions and robbing pharmacies or nursing homes. Oxycodone (and OxyContin) use and abuse is prevalent across all demographic groups.
Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction
Among the physical signs of Oxycodone abuse:
- Respiratory impairment
- Loss of appetite
- Low blood pressure
- Low heart rate
Psychological effects include:
- Decreased motivation
Taken orally, Oxycodone’s effects last up to five hours and Oxycontin’s effects last eight to twelve hours. Taken unsupervised and its abuse can lead to tolerance for the drug, requiring increasingly larger dosage to achieve the desired effect, as well as physical dependence and addiction.
Because Oxycontin affects the central nervous system (as does Oxycodone, Percodan and Percocet) this drug is especially life-threatening if combined with alcohol or benzodiapines such as Xanax and Valium.