How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Oxycodone Use

How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Oxycodone UseAddressing an addiction problem with a loved one can be a difficult task. The bonds existing in a relationship are so strong and emotionally rewarding that just the thought of losing that person may prove frightening. But there are good reasons to take action if your girlfriend is abusing oxycodone.

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, a type of analgesic used for relief of moderate, severe, or chronic pain. The non-controlled or hazardous use of this generic drug has a high risk of developing into addiction.

Why Oxycodone Abuse Should be a Concern

Oxycodone is not intended for recreational use and it is highly addictive, even when the person taking it was originally prescribed this medicine by a physician. When oxycodone dependence has developed, the side effects of its use should be a serious consideration. A few of the common side effects of oxycodone abuse are:

  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal pain

However, overdoses of oxycodone can cause more serious problems, such as:

  • Apnea
  • Shallow breathing
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Death

Even when the decision to stop the use of this drug is made, the withdrawal symptoms may be considerable. This is why it’s so important for your girlfriend to understand the seriousness of the situation. And you can help her.

How to Recognize an Oxycodone Addiction

You need to pay attention to recognize any of the signs that would indicate a substance abuse issue. Here are some warning behaviors of oxycodone abuse to be aware of:

  • Lying and hiding the use
  • Finding excuses for filling the prescription sooner than expected
  • Continued use of oxycodone, even when the original symptoms for which it was prescribed have long ago disappeared
  • Preoccupation by the next dose and how it will be obtained
  • Using someone else’s prescription
  • Resorting to illegal means to get it
  • Shallow breathing
  • In some cases, the desire of being alone; isolating

As you can see, oxycodone abuse is not always difficult to detect, especially with someone with whom you have a close relationship. As soon as you discover the problem, help her to take the necessary steps to find healing.

Supporting an Addicted Loved One

Being in a relationship means being honest with one another, showing trust and wishing the best for your significant other. If your girlfriend has a drug abuse problem, be there for her. First of all, tell her that you care, that you want the best for her and that you want her to be healthy. It’s important not to “talk down” to someone in the midst of an addiction. In a tactful yet firm way, show her your concern; maybe talking about the serious risks of abusing drugs and how it can affect not only her life, but the lives of those she cares about.

Often, you do not have many opportunities to engage in such a serious conversation with a significant other. Many people choose to enlist the help, counsel, or support of an experienced interventionist. An interventionist can help you in a number of ways, from simply providing information, all the way to personally helping you conduct a family intervention.

We have information on rehab, detox, and intervention processes and will be pleased to help. Our toll-free substance abuse helpline can help you or your loved one find the treatment and support necessary to achieve a full recovery. We are available 24 hours a day and will be glad to receive your call. Remember, life is beautiful just as it is, especially when we share it with someone we love. So don’t be afraid of taking the first step to happiness and call now.