Oxycodone is used with great success for the purposes of pain management. This prescription medication works by stimulating opioid receptors in the brain and can reach its full effect in as little as one hour. Stimulating opioid receptors blocks sensations of pain and generally relaxes the user. Despite its effectiveness, oxycodone is controversial because of its relatively high potential for abuse and dependency. Additionally, oxycodone is one of the most readily available and popular illicit substances among recreational users of prescription medications.
Any time a patient or recreational drug user ingests oxycodone for periods of time longer than two weeks the put themselves at a significant risk for tolerance, dependency and addiction. The first warning sign that an individual is becoming addicted to oxycodone is tolerance. Tolerance is evidenced by the fact that the longer someone uses oxycodone, the less effective the drug becomes. This occurs over varying amounts of time, and the process is sped up when oxycodone is used in greater than prescribed doses, used more often than recommended or used without a prescription. The body and brains begin to counteract the effects of oxycodone, and the user will begin to notice that a consistent dose of the drug has a diminished effect. If the response to this scenario is to take more oxycodone until the desired effect is produced, dependency and addiction will develop.
Dependency is often a precursor for addiction and occurs when a user begins to physically and psychologically believe that she or he needs consistent doses of the drug in order to maintain daily function. Dependency makes a person believe that they “need” oxycodone to feel normal. If dependency is allowed to continue, it will lead to addiction and the associated health and overdose risks.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day to provide you with answers to your questions and point you toward quality rehab facilities that can meet your specific needs. The call is always free and confidential. Please call us today and break free from oxycodone.