Can Anyone Tell I’m Using Oxycodone?

Can Anyone Tell I’m Using Oxycodone?Oxycodone is a powerful prescription pain reliever that is highly addictive when abused. The drug acts as a central nervous system depressant, numbing symptoms of pain while producing euphoric feelings for its user. These gratifying side effects make the drug a popular choice for misuse by both medicinal and recreational users. While a drug habit may appear to be under control at first, oxycodone use will worsen over time. The desire for the drug intensifies, and the body becomes dependent on the drug to provide feelings of pleasure.

Changes Resulting from Oxycodone Abuse and Addiction

Oxycodone addiction can evolve quickly, and a user will undoubtedly change, although he or she may be unable or unwilling to notice the difference. Oxycodone will affect a user’s appearance, behavior and performance. The longer the drug is used the more obvious these changes become. While the user may believe his or her drug habit is invisible to others, friends, family and even strangers are able to tell that something is not right. To prevent an oxycodone habit from spiraling out of control the user must find professional recovery help as soon as possible. Drug addiction is aggressive, and without treatment a person has no hope at keeping an oxycodone abuse habit concealed.

Physical Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

Physical symptoms result from the use of oxycodone as well as from its discontinuance. People that are close to the user (friends, family, roommates and coworkers) will be aware of physical signs of addiction such as the following:

  • Side effects from the drug including headache, nausea, sweating, dizziness and slowed breathing
  • Appearing “high,” euphoric and overly confident
  • Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweats, stomach pain, twitching, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, insomnia and diarrhea
  • Loss of energy, lethargy and excessive sleep habits
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

How Oxycodone Abuse Affects Behavior

Oxycodone users experience many behavioral changes that will interfere with their performance level and their ability to interact with others. Behavioral changes include the following:

  • High emotions, extreme mood swings, irritability and restlessness
  • Intense anxiety, fear and paranoia of stopping use or being out of oxycodone
  • Stealing, lying or other dishonest behavior
  • “Doctor shopping” or prescription distortion
  • Seeming lazy or unmotivated
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  • Isolation from others
  • Lack of respect or empathy for others
  • Signs of pain or discomfort when not using
  • Unable to get along with others
  • Continued oxycodone use despite altercations, emotional outbursts, legal trouble and other negative consequences
  • Forgetfulness, absenteeism and lack or responsibility leading to poor performance at work, school and home

Get Professional Help for Oxycodone Use

If you feel like you are in danger of losing your identity to your oxycodone habit, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today to talk with one of our expert recovery counselors. We can provide you with information on the best treatment programs for you so that you can be confident that you are making the right choices for your recovery. Your call is free and confidential, and our counselors are available to talk 24 hours a day. Please call now.