Oxycodone Intervention

Oxycodone interventionOxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medication is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. An addiction to oxycodone can have very hazardous short-term and long-term effects. If someone you love is addicted to oxycodone, it may be necessary to have an intervention to encourage him or her to receive treatment.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction

The major concern with the use of oxycodone is tolerance and physical dependence, which can occur after several weeks to months of use. Oxycodone has similar effects as morphine, and thus it appeals to the same community who abuse morphine and heroin. The most obvious sign of a physical addiction is withdrawal upon cessation of use.

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms vary with the individual, yet often include:

  • Abnormal skin sensations
  • Aches and pains
  • Anxiety
  • Cold- or flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Goose bumps
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rigid muscles
  • Runny nose
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • Shivering or tremors
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Sneezing
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting

Oxycodone Overdose Symptoms

As a concerned friend or family member, you may need to be on the watch for overdose symptoms of oxycodone. Severe side effects of oxycodone overdose include:

  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Low pulse, heart rate
  • Shallow, short, slowed or stopped breathing
  • Stupor

The most severe side effects of oxycodone overdose, which may be lethal, include:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Circulatory depression
  • Coma
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Respiratory depression
  • Shock

Intervention Tips

The goal of a well-planned, strategic intervention is to help the addict stop the denial associated with addiction and persuade him or her to seek professional help. Even if you feel unprepared and unqualified to intervene, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Be Positive – Your goal in confronting an addict is to convince that person to seek help. A confrontation should not be aggressive or angry, but rather positive and supportive. You can be clear and firm in your discussion without condemnation, especially if you keep in mind that your purpose is to help the addict truthfully address the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pick Supportive People – Typically, the appropriate people to ask for help in a drug intervention include family members, friends or a trained interventionist. Regarding family and friends, you want to make sure that the people involved in the intervention have personally experienced that addict’s behaviors. Many people may not want to participate in an intervention for a variety of reasons, including feeling that they are not qualified, but a caring and honest participant can greatly add to an intervention.
  • Say It Well – The tone of your voice is as important as what you actually say. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that all people participating in the intervention do not have a hidden agenda. If anyone is feeling judgmental or disgusted, their tone of voice will reflect that and outweigh any words of concern. If a person participating in the intervention can not put aside their personal negative feelings, they should not participate. Your goal is to provide a clear message that says that you are supportive, but you do not condone a life on drugs.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

It is good to have some treatment options in mind when going into an intervention so that you can inform the addicted individual about solutions for recovery. As you research, here are some kinds of treatment to consider:

  • Inpatient –a limited-term residential option that gives users secure place to live so they can focus entirely on their recovery.
  • Outpatient –a flexible treatment option during the day that allows a person to return home in the evening.
  • Holistic –focuses on the connection between the body, mind, and spirit in the rehabilitation process.
  • Specialized –programs that focus on a particular drug addiction, have a certain area of expertise, or are designed specifically for a certain demographic such as teens, adolescents, or women.

Oxycodone Intervention Help

Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll free number today at (888) 372-5715. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction, treatment, and intervention. Call today.