Men and Oxycodone Abuse

Men and Oxycodone AbuseOxycodone is an opioid-based narcotic used as pain medication. Its analgesic properties have been widely used as treatment for moderate to chronic pain. The International Narcotics Control Board states that in 2007, the United States reported a consumption of 82% of the worldwide production of oxycodone.

(More data can be found in, http://www.incb.org/documents/Narcotic-Drugs/Technical-Publications/2008/Narcotics_drugs_publication2008.pdf.)

Oxycodone abuse and addiction among men can be due to many specific factors when we consider its tranquilizing and analgesic effects. Some causes are:

  • Pain due to strong physical labor
  • Abuse after using it as treatment for job related injuries
  • As a coping mechanism for stress
  • To be relaxed when struggling with family problems
  • To keep the same level of performance in a demanding career

When a man falls into an opioid addiction of this kind, it is necessary for him to consider the possible consequences that it might bring to him and his family – family that he might be supporting and keeping together. Common side effects of oxycodone abuse are:

  • Sweating
  • Abdominal pain and constipation
  • Restlessness and increased anxiety
  • Regurgitation
  • Mood swings
  • Memory lapses
  • Impaired driving or ability to care for children

But the effects of an overdose are much more severe. These include:

  • Low heart rate
  • Shallow breathing
  • Constriction of the pupils
  • Kidney failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Coma and death

There is an option for recovery that has helped many men to gain their lives back and to win their fight against addiction.

Rehabilitation Programs for Men

When we talk about rehab for men, we might think only of a same-sex rehab program. But nowadays the options are widening, as there are now coed rehabilitation centers with men’s units and men’s support groups. Many rehabs offer male counselors who specialize in the needs of this population to impart the necessary help.

The family of an addicted person always plays an important role. That is why family counseling within an addiction recovery programs is also a good idea when a man is trying to overcome his oxycodone addiction. The support of the entire household might be what he needs to see the importance of not giving up on his recovery

Sometimes an intervention by the family members might be necessary to help a reluctant father recognize his problem and the need for further help. This will make him see the concerns of others around him and could make him think about his own well-being.

Need Support to Stop an Oxycodone Abuse?

Personalized attention to solve your doubts along with free information on the different options for recovery is what you will receive when you call our substance abuse helpline. There is no cost for calling and you can do it at any time of day. We can help you learn more about medically-supervised detox programs, intervention services, transport to and from rehab, family counseling, and even verification of health insurance coverage. Don’t delay your full recovery from addiction and call today.