How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Oxycodone?

How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Oxycodone?Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug, it is approved for medical use, but has a very high risk of abuse.

If you need to confirm your boyfriend’s use of oxycodone, look for warning signs including the following:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Small pupils
  • Reduced vision

The most serious effect is respiratory depression (slow breathing), which can be caused by taking a large dose of an opioid and can lead to death.

How Can I Help My Boyfriend Overcome Oxycodone Addiction?

The short answer is that no one can get an addict to stop using drugs other than the addict. However there are several things you can do to help yourself and your boyfriend.

Learn the facts about alcoholism and drug addiction.

The more you know, the better able you are to understand the insidious dynamics of addiction. Knowledge enables you to understand that your boyfriend has a progressive disease that causes him to behave in ways that are not acceptable. You can start focusing on the disease rather than attacking the addict. You can also let go of shame or guilt because you will learn that you did not cause this disease and, more importantly, you cannot single handedly stop it.

You can get a great deal of information by researching online and you can also attend open Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings. These meetings not only provide factual information, but also give you insight into what other people are struggling with and how they are coping.

Do not rescue the addict.

Most people do not choose addiction treatment until they believe they have “hit bottom” and have no other choice. For your boyfriend to reach that place in his life he needs to suffer from the consequences of his choices and actions; in fact, he may have to suffer repeatedly.

Do not lend money to an addict.

If the addict does not have money to buy drugs, it makes it more difficult for him to do so. Therefore, you should not provide financial support of any kind. If he does not have gas in his car or food in his refrigerator, it is his responsibility to get those things, not yours. Just remember that every dollar you provide in direct or indirect financial support is another dollar that your boyfriend is using to get drugs. If there is no money, then there may be no drugs, which may, in turn, cause withdrawal symptoms. This suffering may be the impetus to get your boyfriend into treatment.

Manage your emotional and physical health.

What your boyfriend eventually does with his addiction is his decision. You do not want to make yourself physically or emotionally ill by joining his roller coaster existence. Keep in mind that his focus is on getting and using drugs and nothing more. Therefore, your focus has to be taking care of yourself. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and get help if you need to speak to someone about your feelings.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

If your loved one is addicted to oxycodone and needs help, call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction treatment.