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What Is Oxycontin?
Oxycontin, also known by its generic name Oxycodone, is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic drug and is considered to be a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States. Oxycontin is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
This drug produces a number of effects including pain relief, cough suppression, a slowing of the digestive tract and physical dependence. Oxycontin is a highly addictive and very commonly abused drug. In the United States Oxycontin addition is at an all-time high. The drug can be very easily obtained on the black market as well as from street dealers.
Oxycontin is abused mainly for its euphoric, mental relaxation effects and general feelings of well-being. Misuse of this drug in high doses may cause extreme euphoria and hallucinations along with a" heroin like" high. Over time abusers and addicts will develop a physical dependence to this drug. They will also develop a tolerance to it and will need more and more of it to get the same initial effects. Once an abuser becomes dependent to Oxycontin, they will have a very hard time discontinuing its use because of the sever withdrawal symptoms they will experience. This is why so many Oxycontin abusers never overcome their addiction.
Once they start to feel withdrawal, they will just use another pill to get rid of the uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal. An individual who is legitimately prescribed Oxycontin may use it for only a short period of time for their pain relief. These individuals are not addicted and will not experience severe withdrawal symptoms when coming off of this drug. However, if a person who abused Oxyontin in large amounts, over long periods of time, abruptly discontinues its use they will get sick and experience severe withdrawal because their body is already used to the effects of the drug. This is why when an addict wishes to discontinue use of this drug it is highly recommended that they go through medical detox.
Detoxification done at a hospital or rehabilitation facility will alleviate withdrawal symptoms and make a person feel more comfortable. Withdrawal symptoms may be severe depending on the degree of addiction so medically supervised detox is extremely important in case any dangers arise.
Oxycontin Detox Information
Once the effects of Oxycontin start to go away, the body can go through a period of shock from withdrawal of the drug.
Detoxification is offered in hospitals and at in-patient or outpatient rehabilitation facilities as the first step to recovery. At rehab, withdrawal from the drug Oxycontin will be done while under 24/7 medical supervision. It is very important that the individual follows the proper steps needed for a safe detoxification because detoxing from the drug Oxycontin will in fact cause a person to get sick. The abrupt cessation of this drug in particular will lead to severe withdrawal symptoms and that is why it is best to seek professional help when detoxing.
Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms
Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on how much and how long a person has taken the drug. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin six to 30 hours after last use of the drug and can last up to 2 weeks after. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include:
- Increased Anxiety
- Muscular Aches and Pains
- Flu Like Symptoms such as A Runny Nose
- Chills and Fever
- Excessive Yawning
- Dilated Pupils
- Increased Tearing
- Goose Bumps
It is not easy to go through withdrawal alone. Medical detox done at an in-patient rehabilitation center will help to alleviate the severe withdrawal symptoms a person will experience.
Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Options
An addition to Oxycontin is a serious matter and treatment for the detoxification Oxycontin should be administered at a reliable drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation facility. An in-patient or outpatient rehabilitation treatment facility is the best option. There, the patient can go through the withdrawal from Oxycontin safety. The detoxification process from Oxycontin will be done under the 24 hour supervision of doctors and a professionally trained medical staff.
At rehab, a person will not only detox safely from Oxycontin but will also learn how to lead a clean and sober lifestyle. This is done through the psychological counseling and therapy provided at rehab. An inpatient rehab has been proven to be the most effective form of treatment known for this type of addiction. There they will not only detox safely but also be taught they tools they need to maintain sobriety and lessen the chance of relapse.