How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Oxycodone Addiction

How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One's Oxycodone AddictionWhen suspicion arises that a loved one may be abusing oxycodone, the easiest response is often to ignore the signs and move on, trying to convince yourself that you must be mistaken. Don’t let fear trap you in inaction. Being allowed to continue in unchecked drug abuse may cost an oxycodone addicted friend or relative his or her life.

Oxycodone Addiction Signs

Being aware of the signs of oxycodone addiction can help ensure that you are not jumping to conclusions about your loved one’s drug use. The following are some signs of oxycodone addiction:

  • Possessing unusually high amounts of prescription drugs containing oxycodone, including OxyContin, Oxyfast, Roxicodone, Percocet and Combunox
  • Exhibiting strange shifts in behavior, such as being intensely focused and chatty one minute then sluggish and unengaged the next
  • Withdrawing from the company of previously close loved ones
  • Visiting multiple doctors for a renewal of one or more oxycodone prescriptions
  • Experiencing financial problems and constantly requesting money
  • Displaying secretiveness about new habits or schedules
  • Growing increasingly agitated and/or dissatisfied until consuming more oxycodone

If one or more of these signs surface in your loved one’s life with increasing regularity, do not be afraid to investigate further. The possibility of addiction is serious and should be taken seriously.

Oxycodone Addiction Intervention

If your loved one’s oxycodone addiction has become obvious to everyone within a small, trusted circle of friends, it is time to introduce professional help. A trained interventionist can provide the necessary guidance to an addict’s loved ones concerning when to approach the user about the drug abuse and how many people should be involved, as well as what parameters to set and abide by in further dealings with the addict. The discussion should be arranged for a time when everyone is free to meet and has had time to prepare individually. For the addict, however, it must be a complete surprise; otherwise, the addict may have time to hide any evidence of drug use and deny the suspicions that he or she is addicted to oxycodone. The intervention should be conducted in an atmosphere of love and concern. Loved ones should never suggest that the user is a bad person for having lost control of his or her oxycodone use, rather that the user may need outside help to regain his or her self-control and former healthy lifestyle. Whether or not the user admits to excessive oxycodone use and agrees to enter treatment is solely the user’s choice, but the user’s loved ones must determine to do what is best for the user.

More Information about Oxycodone Addiction Recovery

If you suspect the presence of oxycodone abuse in your loved one’s life and are not sure how to proceed, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find a qualified interventionist and establish a plan to overcome the effects of addiction on your family.