Oxycodone Tolerance and Abuse

Oxycodone Tolerance and AbusePrescription painkiller abuse and addiction are growing problems in the US and around the world. Drugs like the extremely popular and addictive opiate oxycodone bring almost immediate pain relief to people following injury or surgery. As it blocks the pain it also gives the user a euphoric rush that they may want to repeat. The body develops a tolerance to the drug very quickly, however. This is called a tolerance and it means the user will need to increase the dosage in order to feel the buzz. If users do this, they are at serious risk of developing an addiction very quickly.

How Oxycodone Works

As with all opiates, oxycodone binds to opiate receptors in the brain, blocking not only pain signals but any negative emotions like stress or anxiety. The euphoria associated with early use fades relatively quickly as tolerance builds. The pain-managing efficacy will also reduce as tolerance builds which is why oxycodone is not often used for long-term or chronic pain. If users take the drug for longer than prescribed, or in higher doses, it is likely that they are becoming addicted. Unlike drugs like heroin or marijuana, oxycodone addiction frequently happens to grandparents, athletes, ministers and even addiction counselors.

Getting Clean From Oxycodone

As with all opiates, oxycodone replaces naturally occurring pain-managing chemicals in the brain, ultimately leaving the person dependent on it to feel normal. Until the body can re-establish its own supply of those natural chemicals, a user will remain dependent. Depending on the intensity of the use of the drug, and the length of time it has been used, this process of withdrawal can take from several days to around one week. This aspect of oxycodone addiction is called physical dependency.

Oxycodone also creates a strong psychological addiction profile. The euphoria it provides works in the same part of the brain that is responsible for reinforcing behaviors, impulse control, managing emotions, motivation and memory. The brain will crave that euphoria and will use all psychological tools to get the drug. Often these emotional urges and compulsions will function on a deeper level than rational thoughts and plans. Even users who intend to quit taking the drug are likely to find that they are unable to control their cravings.

Oxycodone addicts will need caring, experienced, professional help to rehabilitate their minds from this complex and powerful disease. The most experienced treatment facilities create customized therapeutic approaches for each individual addict. Rehab centers help oxycodone users quit through a wide array of options including the following:

  • Private one-on-one counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • 12-step programs
  • New and innovative coping and relaxation skills
  • Healthy new lifestyle choices

Get Help for Oxycodone Abuse Today

If you are afraid that you are developing a tolerance to oxycodone, or if you know that you are already fully addicted, call our 24 hour, helpline now. Our specially trained counselors are standing by any time of day or night to answer your questions and help you find the treatment you may need. The call is free and anonymous. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Let us help you make oxycodone abuse a part of your past and not your present or future. We are ready to help when you’re ready to call.