Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone AddictionMost people who use oxycodone were prescribed the drug according to their program for controlling pain. However, oxycodone is an opiate narcotic by nature and is easily abused because of the sense of euphoria and well-being. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to detect someone that is addicted to oxycodone, as a pill in a prescription bottle can be most anything.

According to the DEA, it is probably the most abused prescription drug out on the market today. The use and addiction rate of oxycodone has increased at an alarming rate of over 300 percent the past 12 years. As a result, emergency room visits that are related to an oxycodone problem have increased over 500 percent.

It is understandable that a person undergoing surgery, cancer treatments or trauma related damage would want and need a high caliber painkiller such as oxycodone. However, it should be noted that anyone prescribed the drug for use over a long period of time, such as chronic back pain, should be aware of their treatment as the body will build a tolerance over time, making the drug less effective. As a result, the user will increase their intake of oxycodone to treat their pain, consequentially wreaking more havoc in their organs, especially liver and kidneys that can lead to death.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

There are many physical and emotional signs of oxycodone addiction. Oxycodone addiction can be characterized by someone who continues to abuse the drug again and again even after knowing the negative effects it is having on their life. They will be consumed with thoughts of getting more of the drug and may become disconnected from other areas of their lives. There confidence will be placed in OxyContin and they will feel like they can’t function without it.

Below are signs of someone who may be addicted to oxycodone:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Apathy
  • Confusion
  • Small pupils
  • Shallow breathing
  • Tired, nodding off or passing out
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Social and/or financial problems
  • Criminal activity

Some of the signs of oxycodone abuse can be confused with a person being drunk. If you suspect someone that might be using oxycodone but are having trouble distinguishing between pills or alcohol, err on the side of oxycodone abuse and do not let the person pass out or “sleep it off.” If they have consumed enough pills to pass out, they may not wake up.

Withdrawal and Treatment of Oxycodone Addiction

When addicted to oxycodone, withdrawal can be very difficult both psychologically and physically. Here are some of the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain
  • Sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach cramping
  • Muscle twitching
  • Vomiting

Because of the intense “need” to get more pills, abusers will often engage in criminal acts from calling in false prescriptions in pharmacies, to breaking in and stealing. Manufacturers are now beginning to change their labels, making it confusing as to what they are actually stealing or asking for.

Prevention of Oxycodone Addiction

The next time you or someone you know is prescribed this powerful narcotic tell someone. You may think that it’s silly or ridiculous because, “it’s a prescription,” but addiction can happen inadvertently.

Remember, most people who have become addicted started out as any other patient, innocently seeking pain treatment. It is easy to conceal and easy to become addicted, so don’t set yourself up for failure. Let someone know.

Furthermore, only take oxycodone at the dose that your healthcare provider has prescribed. If you feel your dosage should be increased, speak with your healthcare provider before taking any extra pills. Under no circumstances should you give the drug to anybody else. If you sell or give oxycodone to anyone else, you will be responsible for the possible, addiction, health problems and even death that could occur. Keep track of the number of pills left in your bottle to ensure that no one else in your household is taking them.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone is one of the most widespread, addictive, and readily available drugs today. Regular use results in physical and psychological damage and dependence.

There are thousands of people that have used, gone through treatment, and now live normal, healthy lives. If you or someone you know is an oxycodone user, i.e. Oxycotton, Killers and OC, most likely they are already an addict or are quickly becoming one.

Attending a residential treatment center can be the most effective way to recover from oxycodone addiction and in some cases the only way. Treatment centers provide a safe and structured environment for drug abusers where they will be surrounded by a knowledgeable staff.

There is hope… Please call our toll free number today at (888) 371-5715. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.