Oxycodone Relapse

Oxycodone relapseOxycodone is a very powerful opiate pain killer that is highly addictive. Most people are familiar with oxycodone by its many different brand names: OxyIR, Roxicodone, Oxydose, Intensol and OxyContin.

Oxycodone can also be found in these combination drugs: Tylox, Percodan, Roxicet, Percocet, Roxiprin, Endodan, Combunox, and Endocet. With so many brands and combinations, it is no wonder that more people are addicted oxycodone than any other prescription drug in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that over 1.9 million Americans have taken oxycodone against its prescribed uses.

Why is oxycodone so addictive? The answers are many and complicated. Each addicted person has his or her own story. Many people become addicted to oxycodone after a doctor prescribes it for legitimate medical pain. Others pick up oxycodone as one would any other drug. Because the reasons behind oxycodone use vary, the treatment for each addiction should be tailored to the individual.

How to Avoid Oxycodone Relapse

Even though some people receive treatment for oxycodone addiction, there is always a chance for relapse. Some studies show that up to 90% of treated individuals relapse at some point and return to oxycodone.

Although the statistics are daunting, they don’t explore each relapse episode. Some people relapse one time and immediately seek help. Others may feel shame after relapsing and then attempt to treat themselves or simply give in to the relapse. Most individuals who relapse are able to get help and get right back on track, living life as usual.

Those who have suffered from the strong addiction of oxycodone are familiar with the incredible temptation to return to old ways. Whether it is unmanaged pain, life stress, return to old friends or ways, the lure of oxycodone is always around the corner. So how do you ward off those feelings and return to life as usual? Consider these ways to avoid an oxycodone relapse:

  • Explore underlying issues. If you are tempted to use, ask yourself why. Don’t be afraid to experience emotions related to use with a trusted sober friend or trained counselor.
  • Reach out to those who understand. Call our free helpline if you would like to speak with someone trained and experienced. All calls are confidential.
  • Consider a “brush-up” course of treatment. One weekend or a few weeks may cost you some vacation time, but it may save your life in the long run.

Experiencing Oxycodone Relapse

If you are experiencing an oxycodone relapse, go easy on yourself. It’s easy to blame yourself, but the truth is that oxycodone is a very powerful drug. Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a strong person to reach out for help.

The best thing to do is call a medical doctor immediately. Did you know that oxycodone builds up a resistance in your body? The longer you take oxycodone, the more you will need to take over time to achieve the same results. If you have been free from oxycodone for some time and go back to taking your last known dose, you can very easily overdose. This can lead to death, so call a doctor now!

Oxycodone Relapse Help

Sometimes it is very hard to admit a relapse to friends or family. We offer a toll-free 24 hour helpline that can put you in touch with a trained counselor right now. Our counselors understand relapse very well and some of them have been through recovery themselves! You are not alone. Take the first step and call today.