Plastic Surgery and Oxycodone Addiction

Plastic Surgery and Oxycodone AddictionOxycodone is a prescription narcotic used in popular pain medications like OxyContin and Percocet. Hydrocodone-based medications like Vicodin were given a Schedule III classification by the government, but oxycodone is in the more restrictive Schedule II due to its potency and propensity for causing addiction. As a frame of reference, other drugs in this class include cocaine, opium and morphine. Many cosmetic surgeries are followed by a short period of pain, and doctors often prescribe a drug like oxycodone to provide relief. If this is the person’s first exposure to oxycodone, the opioid high might motivate recreational use in the future and result in an addiction. While this is a possibility, several other risks are also involved when mixing opioid drugs and cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery and Drug Use

Citing statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an online Fox News article in 2010 estimated that doctors performed 12.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2008, and the number is expected to reach 55 million procedures by 2015. For cosmetic surgery patients, drug-use motivation can involve several factors, including the following:

  • Poor aesthetic result creates a panicky need to sedate racing emotions
  • Large breast augmentation on a smaller frame can cause chronic back pain
  • Cosmetic surgery is more common among people who embrace a party lifestyle
  • Both drug abuse and elective surgery can be attempts to cope with a poor self-image
  • Issues like emotional pain, insecurity and social anxiety can inspire unhealthy behavior
  • Desire for surgical enhancement can make recovering addicts more willing to risk relapse
  • Botched surgeries and mistakes sometimes lead to extended bouts of pain

Many people believe that plastic surgery addiction is a real condition, and if it is, such an addict is likely predisposed to drug abuse as well. Likewise, a repetition of surgeries can keep a person on opioid painkillers for a risky amount of time.

Oxycodone Abuse Treatment

Oxycodone is a powerful opioid drug, and addicts can experience severe side effects and life-threatening overdoses. If an addiction develops, professional rehabilitation is the most effective path to recovery. Treatment centers can provide several potential services, including the following:

  • Detoxification in a comfortable setting under medical supervision
  • Possible options for a tapered withdrawal that gradually reduces opioid levels
  • Screenings, diagnosis and integrated treatment for potential mental health disorders
  • Holistic therapies that improve emotional moods and promote physical health

To foster a lasting recovery, treatment centers also use a number of special therapies, and many of them can also help people obsessed with surgical enhancements, including the following:

  • Examination of what factors motivate the drug use and cosmetic surgeries
  • Therapies to improve areas of mental activity that influence behavior
  • Counseling to identify triggers that compel drug use and additional procedures
  • Psychodynamic counseling to uncover unconscious conflicts and trauma
  • Group therapies that instill healthier coping mechanisms and support
  • Strategies to develop a more positive self-image and value system

Rehabilitation centers can also provide integrated care for surgery-related health issues and non-narcotic pain management.

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