Insomnia and Oxycodone Abuse

Insomnia and Oxycodone AbuseOxycodone is the opiate-based ingredient used in popular pain medications like OxyContin, Percocet, and Roxicodone. While it is not a sleep medication, oxycodone has euphoric and calming effects that appeal to people with insomnia. When a person struggles to sleep, it can affect decision-making skills, elevate stress levels, and initiate mental health issues. Using a narcotic pain reliever to treat the sleep disorder will only complicate the problem. Nevertheless, drug abuse and insomnia are commonly linked for a variety of reasons.

How Insomnia Can Lead to Drug Abuse

Insomnia can be caused by several different factors, including the following:

  • Constantly racing mind
  • High levels of stress and anxiety
  • Diet pills, energy drinks, coffee, tea
  • Use of stimulant drugs

Though not designed for this purpose, opiate-based pain medication can help suppress the conditions that cause the insomnia. Oxycodone can help a person relax and fall asleep by providing the following:

  • Calming the mind and body
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Creating a sense of euphoria

Narcotic painkillers often relax the user in the early stages of use, but this is not the same as treating the sleep disorder. Rather, this type of drug use merely suppresses the symptoms, and extended oxycodone use results in a physical and psychological addiction that ultimately makes the insomnia worse.

How Addiction Can Cause Sleep Disorders

Individuals might take oxycodone to sleep at night, but once an addiction takes hold, the insomnia will worsen. Oxycodone abuse can cause the following:

  • Initiate or accelerate a mood disorder like anxiety, panic attacks, mania, and depression
  • Cause problems with finances, employment, and loved ones
  • Create legal risks and consequences, including jail time, fines, and lawyer fees
  • An obsession with trying to acquire more oxycodone pills
  • An onset of painful withdrawal symptoms if drug-dependency levels are unmet
  • Health risks that can include organ damage or a potentially fatal overdose

All of these factors contribute to insomnia, and people with a preexisting sleep disorder will experience even greater difficulties with their condition.

Integrated Treatment for Drug Addiction and Insomnia

Insomnia can stem from a stand-alone sleep disorder, or it might originate in a mental-health issue like anxiety or mania. Either way, an integrated approach identifies and treats all the conditions at once. Proper integrated treatment begins with a medically supervised detox, but then it utilizes the tools that empower a recovery, which can include the following:

  • Mental health screenings to identify any mental health issues or mood disorders
  • An evaluation of what lifestyle habits or health issues might cause the insomnia
  • Behavioral therapies to eliminate unhealthy acts and instill a positive new lifestyle
  • Examine what factors led to the original drug use and its escalation
  • Assess the patient’s personal drug-use triggers and develop a plan to avoid them
  • Holistic methods to relax the mind and induce sleep
  • Group support and aftercare counseling to assist in struggles and setbacks

Insomnia can add considerable stress to a person’s life, but it is nothing compared to a drug addiction. Thankfully, proper treatment can be the answer for both.

Drug Abuse And Insomnia Help

Is drug abuse keeping you up at night? Let us help. Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer questions on our toll-free helpline. We can discuss warning signs, rehab options, and even health insurance coverage for treatment. Substance abuse and insomnia are both treatable conditions, but it starts with getting help. Call today.