How Does Oxycodone Addiction Denial End?

How does oxycodone addiction denial end?Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug oxycodone is approved for medical use but does have a very high risk of abuse. While physicians write over six million prescriptions each year for oxycodone, it is not recommended for long-term use as it can cause both physical and psychological dependence.

About Oxycodone Addiction Denial

Denial involves avoiding or rejecting an uncomfortable concept. Oxycodone users and their friends and family often do not want to admit to the existence of a substance abuse problem. Many people don’t realize how powerful and distracting denial can be. When a person in your life is struggling with substance abuse and experiencing problems at work, school or financially, you may will provide an excuse for the behavior and give the person “space” to work things out. Oxycodone addiction has many underlying causes and so does denial. People continue to practice denial up to the point where the issue escalates to such a severe level that excuses no longer apply. Some of the underlying feelings associated with addiction and denial include the following:

  • Guilt – taking blame that somehow you are responsible for the person’s addiction
  • Embarrassment – being concerned about how others may feel about you in light of your relationship with an oxycodone user
  • Justification – saying or thinking such things as, “The person is just going through a rough time” or, “Someone with that type of job and great home environment simply cannot be abusing drugs,” as a way of ignoring obvious signs of addiction

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

Signs of oxycodone addiction can overcome denial and make all parties involved aware of the problem. These signs may include the following:

  • Reduced sense of pain
  • Sedation
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Slowed breathing
  • Needle marks (if injecting drugs)

How Does Oxycodone Addiction Denial End?

If you or the oxycodone user has allowed denial to interfere with getting help, you may want to consider an intervention as a means of ending denial and raising awareness of the problems oxycodone use has caused. By breaking through the wall of denial, you can help oxycodone users understand how reckless and harmful addiction behavior is to both themselves and the people in their life. You may want to seek assistance from a trained professional to help determine the proper strategy and timing for your intervention.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

The first step in oxycodone addiction recovery is to end denial and get a person into treatment. If you or someone you know is addicted to oxycodone, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.