How Oxycodone Abuse Affects Families

How Oxycodone abuse affects familiesThere are millions of people struggling with a dependency on prescription pain-killers that had no idea addiction would ever be a part of their life. Many responsible adults with good character and healthy morals have found themselves in a very dark place and are ashamed or afraid to get help. It is crucial, however, for the sake of their health and for the well-being of those they love, that oxycodone abusers get the help they need.

The Dangers of Oxycodone Addiction

Marketed under the name OxyContin since the mid 90’s, the narcotic pain-killer oxycodone has ensnared many people. It may be the most addictive pain-killer on the market today. Directly related to opiates like heroin, morphine and opium, oxycodone re-wires the brain, blocking pain signals and creating a euphoric rush that is extremely addictive. It displaces naturally occurring “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, rendering the user dependent on it to feel “normal.” Tolerance develops quickly, causing the user to require increased quantities or frequency of doses in order to achieve the original euphoric effect. If use continues, dependence will become a full-blown physical and psychological addiction that will require extensive therapy to beat.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

There are times when strong pain medications are needed, such as following surgical procedures or after injury. It is important that anyone with a history of substance abuse or dependency share this information with their health care provider to avoid triggering an opiate addiction. While it is unlikely that a person with no history of addiction will become addicted to oxycodone if they follow their doctor’s instructions diligently, it is still possible. Signs of oxycodone addiction include the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety over stopping use of or being out of oxycodone
  • Dishonesty about use, including “doctor shopping” or prescription manipulation
  • Euphoria or overly confident feelings
  • Fear of withdrawal symptoms
  • Pain or other physical discomfort when not on the drug
  • Emotional or mood swings
  • Marked change in activity levels (laziness, extreme restlessness, over-activity)
  • Continued use despite negative side-effects

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

If a dependency is allowed to continue and build into a full addiction it will be much harder to quit, and the withdrawal symptoms will be more extreme. Continued use can lead to brain damage, accidental overdose or suicide. When an oxycodone addict quits taking the drug they will experience potentially extreme withdrawal symptoms including the following:

  • Intense anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical cravings
  • Pain
  • Flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and chills
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue

How Oxycodone Addiction Affects Relationships

There are a host of emotional and relational consequences that attend opiate addiction as well. Families have been driven apart and marriages destroyed by the lack of trust, fear of emotional or abusive outbursts, financial ruin and legal consequences. There is also a mounting body of evidence that suggests that children of addicts are more likely to become addicts themselves. It is important for young people to see their parents confront their problems, seek help when needed and find recovery.

Need Help Finding Treatment Centers for Oxycodone Addiction?

If you, or someone you love, are caught in the grip of an oxycodone addiction, we can help. Our specially trained staff is available any time of day or night to answer your questions and help you take the first steps to freedom. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. Whether for you, or a family member, it’s time to turn the tide on addiction. Make the call. We’re ready for you.