How to Reduce the Risk of Oxycodone Addiction

How to Reduce the Risk of Oxycodone AddictionOxycodone is a commonly prescribed opioid drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. Though it is a prescription medication, it carries a high risk of addiction, because it is used to treat long-term pain. However a prescription for oxycodone isn’t necessarily a ticket to addiction. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming addicted to oxycodone.

Be Aware of Oxycodone Addiction Risks

One way that you can protect yourself from becoming addicted to oxycodone is to know about the cycles and stages of addiction. Prescription drug abuse begins innocently. A misconception about drug abuse is that drug addicts are people who take prescription drugs with the intent to abuse them. This is not always the case. Many prescription drug addicts are patients who begin to take oxycodone as directed by their doctors. The cycle of addiction begins when a patient becomes used to the effects of oxycodone. The body naturally adjusts to the presence of the drug and no longer reacts to the drug in its current dosage. When this happens, the patient must increase his or her dosage in order to feel the effects of oxycodone. If left unchecked, this cycle continues until the patient develops an oxycodone addiction.

Recognizing the signs of addiction can reduce your risk of becoming dependent. The physical symptoms of Oxycodone addiction include the following:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Becoming increasingly concerned about getting oxycodone
  • Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your life
  • Isolation

If you notice any of these behaviors or symptoms in yourself talk to your doctor. Be honest about your symptoms. Early detection is an essential part of stopping addiction before it starts.

Causes of Oxycodone Addiction

Some people are at a higher risk of oxycodone addiction than others. While there is no one cause of addiction, some common causes include the following:

  • Emotional trauma. This can include a past history of physical abuse, the death of a family member or a breakup.
  • Family history of drug use. Some people are genetically wired to be more prone to addiction. If there are one or more members of your immediate family who struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may have a higher addiction risk.
  • Mental health issues, Individuals who suffer from anxiety or mental health disorders have a greater risk of developing a prescription drug addiction. Some individuals rely on oxycodone to relieve emotional trauma or anxiety instead of physical pain.

Evaluate your reasons for wanting to take the drug. Is it because you need it to manage your pain, or do you feel that you need it to deal with your life? The only acceptable reason to take oxycodone is for pain management as prescribed by a doctor.

Reduce Your Risk of Oxycodone Addiction

If you would like more information about reducing addiction risk or ending oxycodone abuse or addiction, call our toll-free helpline. We can answer your questions, explore causes of and contributors to addiction and help you decide what to do if you fear you are developing an oxycodone addiction. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.