Oxycodone Treatment FAQ

Oxycodone treatment FAQOxycodone is one of the most frequently prescribed painkillers in the U.S. It is also one of the most addictive. It is an opiate in the same family as heroin and is nearly as addictive. Although it has been refined and manufactured to optimize its pain blocking effects, it works in the brain in much the same way as heroin. Users experience a euphoric high followed by a period of feeling good about everything. Anxiety, stress, fear and nervousness are blocked along with the pain. As a result a powerful psychological addiction can develop. Physical dependency is also caused by the drug, as it suppresses the physiological production of natural pain-blocking and “feel-good” chemicals in the body. Since most people first come into contact with oxycodone through a legitimate prescription, they can be confused or surprised by their dependency or addiction. They may have questions about oxycodone addiction and recovery.

Q: If I follow my doctor’s instructions, is there still a risk that I may become addicted to oxycodone?

A: Yes, but the odds are low. People with no history of substance abuse or addiction and who follow dosing instructions exactly as prescribed are unlikely to have a problem with oxycodone. However, addiction is still possible. Some people have undiagnosed mental health issues that may predispose them to addiction. Some may be biologically predisposed to substance abuse. Other causes of addiction are less clear. Regardless of the cause, addiction begins when the user develops a tolerance to the drug and requires a stronger dose to achieve the original effects. If users take more oxycodone or take it more frequently than they should, they greatly increase their odds of developing an addiction.

Q: Is the physical addiction to oxycodone the hardest part to get past?

A: No. The physical addiction is powerful, as oxycodone causes the body to stop producing certain natural chemicals. When the drug leaves the body, there is nothing there to stabilize pain sensations and or create feelings of wellness. The result is a round of potentially severe withdrawal symptoms, as the body readjusts and begins producing its own supply again. As strong as the physical addiction often is, it is the psychological oxycodone addiction formed through the super-stimulation of the pleasure center of the brain that is the hardest to beat. Oxycodone rewires certain sections of the brain, reducing impulse control and making addiction recovery much more than a matter of willpower. Longer forms of residential rehabilitation are much more successful that short-term or outpatient addiction treatment, because they provide time for the user to change thoughts and behaviors connected to drug use.

Q: Is oxycodone recovery treatment a one-size-fits-all scenario?

A: No. The best and most effective treatment facilities do significant analysis of each individual patient. These facilities will check for co-occurring disorders that may be contributing to addiction and will develop customized treatment plans. The following are certain treatment techniques that tend to work well across a wide range of patients and are often part of a custom oxycodone addiction treatment plan:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • 12-step programs
  • Empowering education
  • Healthy diversions and activities
  • Alternative approaches including massage and acupuncture
  • Spiritual care

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