Finding Accountability to End Oxycodone Use

Finding Accountability to End Oxycodone UseBeing accountable for how actions affect an individual and those around him may be an important part of a healthy and happy life. Without accountability, oxycodone abuse may develop into addiction and may be difficult to treat. Taking responsibility for how oxycodone abuse harms health, finances, and relationships may be necessary to quit using oxycodone and staying sober long-term.

How Oxycodone Abuse May Prevent Accountability

Oxycodone may be effective as a painkiller when taken as prescribed, but when used to avoid relationship problems or to have a good time it can have negative effects on an individual’s physical and mental health. Abusing oxycodone may prevent individuals from accounting for issues in their lives. Taking oxycodone to avoid family problems may make it more difficult to cope with family conflict. Using oxycodone to have a good time may prevent accountability for social anxiety issues, preventing personal growth and worsening anxiety in the long run.

The negative effects of avoiding accountability may increase due to the effects of oxycodone abuse and addiction. When an individual abuses oxycodone, tolerance begins to develop. Eventually the same dose may not provide the enjoyable high or relief from anxiety and higher doses may be taken. After repeated use an individual may begin to experience withdrawal effects. Oxycodone abuse and withdrawal symptoms may cause fluctuations in brain chemistry and lead to mood swings, and time spent acquiring and using oxycodone may take time away from loved ones and the pursuit of life goals. Individuals abusing oxycodone may be avoiding family and friends in an attempt to hide oxycodone use. They may miss work due to the after-effects of abusing the drug.

Oxycodone addiction changes brain chemistry, altering the perception of what is important. Individuals may begin to justify their oxycodone use through self-deception. Individuals using oxycodone may become isolated from others, and may tell themselves that their oxycodone use does not affect other people.

How Personal Accountability Benefits Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

The old cliché “The first step is admitting you have a problem” rings true, as individuals may not benefit from treatment until they are honest with themselves about all aspects of their oxycodone addiction. Recognizing how oxycodone is harming their own lives as well as those of loved ones and friends may motivate individuals to seek treatment.

Accountability may be necessary for treatment to be effective. Oxycodone addiction may stem from underlying anxiety or depression, or may be a way to avoid thinking about past trauma or family problems. When parents set a precedent of drug use, individuals may not know how to cope with problems without resorting to drug use themselves. Oxycodone addiction may make an individual feel out of control of their situation, as if they can only solve problems with drugs. By finding accountability an individual may feel more in control of their life and drug use, making treatment more effective.

How Accountability May Assist with Long-Term Recovery

In early recovery individuals may benefit from regular drug testing and group therapy with others in recovery to keep them accountable to staying sober. Working towards treatment goals may provide the boost to self-esteem that motivates individuals to find personal accountability as they move forward in recovery. Self-confidence and honesty may help patients stay sober on their own during and after treatment.

Many 12-step programs and other addiction treatment may include facing people that have been hurt by an individual’s drug use. An individual using oxycodone to avoid family problems may have complicated issues at home, or may have prolonged a problem that could have been solved if faced openly. This individual can become accountable for his actions by admitting that their oxycodone use added to family problems, and talking to their family openly about how they avoided conflict by using oxycodone. They may discuss how oxycodone abuse kept them from treating their anxiety or depression. Speaking openly about internal and external conflicts and concerns may help individuals become accountable for their actions in the future, which may help prevent relapse.

Need Help Finding Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction?

If you are abusing oxycodone, treatment can help you quit. Accepting help is the first step to personal accountability. Call our toll-free 24 hour helpline to learn more about treatment options.