How to Assess Oxycodone Recovery Needs

How to Assess Oxycodone Recovery NeedsOxycodone is an opioid narcotic that treats moderate to severe pain, but it is habit forming: people can become addicted to this drug if they take it in higher doses or for longer than prescribed. However, oxycodone addicts can recover with the right help. Get help from an admissions counselor at a rehab facility to choose the right treatment program for your unique needs.

How Oxycodone Addiction Works

Because oxycodone is so addictive, people put themselves at great risk for addiction if they take the next dose before it is due, or if they increase the amount they use without consulting a doctor. This is because oxycodone works by changing how the brain perceives pain. Tolerance to the drug develops over time, so the patient may feel pain symptoms even while taking the drug, because the same amount of medicine eventually causes less relief. Once tolerance develops, dependence and addiction are not far behind—the body begins to need the drug to function normally, because the brain stops working as it is supposed to.

If you or a loved one uses oxycodone to control pain, then look for the following symptoms to determine if an addiction is developing:

  • Needing more of the drug to achieve the same relief, especially before another dose is scheduled
  • Preoccupation with getting and using the drug
  • Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
  • Spending money you do not have to get the drug
  • Doctor shopping for additional prescriptions
  • Engaging in dangerous or illegal behaviors, like stealing, to get the drug

If you or a loved one uses oxycodone and you notice any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.

How Rehab Admissions Counselors Help Addicts Choose Treatment

Talking to an admissions counselor at a rehab facility may be the first step to treating addiction. Admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day to take your information about your addiction, answer your questions about treatment and to give you the best advice for rehab. Admissions counselors also help you understand your insurance policy and what benefits are available to you for addiction treatment. Most insurance policies cover some level of treatment, and your admissions counselor will help you learn about your options. They can give drug addicts the answers they need to begin recovering right away, because they will assess your addiction, talk about your personal and family history of drug abuse and empower you to take the next steps toward healing.

Help Finding Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone can treat pain management, but it can cause addiction when used in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. If you or a loved one struggles with oxycodone abuse, we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator; we are ready to help you recover.