3 Reasons to Not Waste Time before Getting Sober

3 Reasons to Not Waste Time before Getting Sober

By avoiding treatment, the addict is placing both his health and those he loves at risk

Oxycodone is a narcotic, highly addictive medication, which helps reduce an individual’s pain from injuries, arthritis, cancer, and other miscellaneous conditions. Oxycodone is similar to morphine due to the side effects it produces. OxyContin, which is a time-released formula of oxycodone, is extremely popular for addicts. Those who abuse the drug often crush the tablet and swallow, snort, or dilute it in water to inject it. By diluting it, users destroy the time-release mechanism so that they are able to feel its full effects. Users and addicts have compared the high from OxyContin to the euphoria they also often experience with heroin.  [1]

Some drugs and medications require medical intervention for an individual to be able to quit using them.  This is because the effects of abruptly stopping specific drugs or medications can cause the body to go into shock, cause seizures, or even lead to death.  The longer an individual goes using and abusing these substances the more they risk severe health complications, increased probability of long term mental issues, as well as legal consequences.

Warning Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

Symptoms of oxycodone addiction will vary greatly between users.  Addiction warning signs will be dependent upon the length of the individual’s use, the frequency of use, and the amount that was used.  Users could also use the same amount of oxycodone or OxyContin and experience different side effects.  Included in the following are some examples of common oxycodone abuse warning signs:

  • Mood swings
  • Hiding when using
  • Lying to others
  • Stealing
  • Forging prescriptions

Researchers have been unable to pinpoint one single factor that leads to the development of addiction. It is assumed that addiction is rather the result of numerous factors working together to create or increase one’s addiction potential. These causes typically include an individual’s genetics, brain chemistry, environment, and psychological factors. Although when singled out, it is not likely that one of these above causes independently leads an individual to become an addict, it is believed that when numerous factors from several different possible causes are combined, they create the ideal conditions for addiction to develop.

Why Not To Wait Before Getting Sober

Like any life changing event, taking the leap of seeking treatment for one’s addiction can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time. The unknown factors of what the addict will experience mixed with the changes that will need to be made to support this new lifestyle can be overwhelming and cause an addict to keep delaying treatment.  Included in the following are some examples on why an addict should not wait to get sober:

  • Health consequences
  • Legal issues
  • Worsening addiction

It is a well known fact that addiction causes health issues, both mentally and physically.  These conditions can be masked by the addiction, causing them to worsen as the addiction worsens.  If left untreated, the addict’s health can decline significantly leading to long-term effects or even life threatening consequences.  If the addict were to seek professional help for addiction, the would be able to halt any further damage and start to repair some of the damage the addiction has caused.

Many addicts will come up with excuses for why they should delay treatment or skip it all together. These excuses could be anything from wanting to quit their own to not wanting to be away from friends and family.  Luckily, there are thousands of treatment options for addicts making it possible to find the treatment options that best fit their needs.

If the addict is unable to leave his current environment to seek treatment, he can call a rehab facility to see what treatment options are available for him within driving distance.  Some facilities are even equipped to help house loved ones, such as small children who need to be with their parents. Some programs also offer home assistance, where the counselors come to the addict’s residence giving her the opportunity to still live an independent lifestyle. Because addiction impacts each addict differently, each addict will respond to various treatment options better than others.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone and keeps delaying treatment, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment to fit your needs.  Call us today to take back control of your life!


[1] http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/oxycontin-pain-relief-vs-abuse, OxyContin: Pain Relief vs. Abuse, WebMD, 11/29/2015, 6/19/2007.