Oxycontin is the brand name for Oxycodone. It is a highly addictive and powerful synthetic narcotic painkiller. Oxycontin is typically prescribed to those suffering from chronic pain and cancer patients. It is one of the most effective pain relievers medically available to date.
In high doses Oxycotin does not only releive pain but can also produce strong euphoric effects. Non-medical use of Oxycontin often results in a physical and psychological addiction that is difficult to overcome without the assistance of a treatment program. Those misusing Oxycontin often crush the tablets to counteract the time-release coating on the tablets so upon ingesting the drug it produces an immediate sense of euphoria. Oxycontin can also be crushed into a fine powder and snorted or dissolved in water and then injected.
The Effects of Oxycontin
Oxycontin was designed for the treatment of severe chronic pain, it has powerful and long lasting pain relieving effects. Oxycontin not only effects the body but it has direct effects on the mind as well. It produces pleasurable feelings for the user. This often attracts recreational drug users that abuse the drug for the euphoric feelings, comfort, and sense of well-being.
Adverse Effects of Oxycontin
Oxycontin can have very serious adverse effects on the users health. Oxycontin can cause respiratory depression which slows the users breathing and making it shallow, and limiting oxygen to the body’s vital organs, causing very serious damage. Oxycontin often causes the user to feel dizzy and confused. The drug has sedative effects and can make the user feel drowsy. They may experience shortness of breath, constipation, sweating, dry mouth, and headache. Those using Oxycontin recreationally take the drug in ways it was not prescribed for a quicker, more intense high. This can often result in the user overdosing, which can be fatal.
Developing an Addiction to Oxycontin
All effects of Oxycontin are not desirable. Often those using the drug over an extended period of time find themselves having developed a tolerance, requiring larger dose to achieve the desired effects. Regular Oxycontin use often results in a physical dependence on the drug. The user will experience withdrawal symptoms similar to heroin withdrawal as well as extreme drug cravings. The user becomes compulsive and uses Oxycontin regardless of the negative effects it has on their life and the lives of those around them. Those who become addicted to Oxycontin typically can not stop using with out the help of a treatment facility. The treatment facility will help them get on the right track to recovery and regain control of their life.
Oxycontin Addiction Treatment
Abruptly stopping the use of Oxycontin can cause dangerous effects to ones health, as well as pain and discomfort. These symptoms caused by Oxycontin withdrawal often cause the addict to go back to the drug for ease. This is why contacting an Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Facility is the safest most successful way to stop abusing Oxycontin.
Here you will be weened off Oxycontin gradually. During this process you will be given a prescription medication, such as Methadone, that will help control any withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings you may experience. You body will be detoxified, cleansing it of any chemicals and toxins related to drug abuse. Behavioral modification therapy will help you change your life around to begin living a sober lifestyle. You will learn key tools that will help you deal with daily stress without using drugs to hide and also help you work through any unresolved personal issues.
Your friends and family will be strongly encouraged to take part in your recovery process. They will be a key tool in your recovery and helping you maintain your sobriety when leaving the facility. They will be a great support system for you in your new healthy sober lifestyle.