Suburban Oxycodone Use

Suburban Oxycodone UseOxycodone is a drug in the class of opioids, which includes morphine, codeine, fentanyl and hydrocodone. Oxycodone is found in a number of prescription drugs, including Percocet, Percodan and Tylox. It is used to control pain. It elevates levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is linked with pleasurable experiences. People abuse oxycodone to experience a euphoric high.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 1.8 million people in the U.S. were admitted for substance abuse treatment in 2010. Opioids like oxycodone comprised 23 percent of those admitted, second only to alcohol addiction at 41 percent. According to USA Today, opioid pain relievers, the category that includes oxycodone, caused over 14,000 deaths in 2008 alone, and the death toll is continuing to rise. According to USA Today, the roots of oxycodone abuse come from two unique parts of the country—Appalachia and affluent suburbs.

Reasons for increased suburban oxycodone abuse include the following:

  • More money: Suburban areas typically have more disposable income by which to obtain oxycodone, either legally or on the street. This increases the likelihood of abuse and addiction.
  • Better insurance: With better insurance, those in suburban areas can gain access to oxycodone at a reduced price or without cost.
  • Greater access to physicians: Physicians often set up their practices in affluent suburban areas where they are likely to see patients with insurance or who are able to pay their bills. With the accessibility of many doctors, a person can see several physicians and obtain multiple prescriptions for oxycodone.
  • Increased pressure to please patients: Physicians face the pressure to please their patients and get higher ratings on feedback. To please their patients, many doctors will write a prescription for pain management rather than work with patients on alternative, drug-free options.
  • The myth of a “safe” drug: Some people mistakenly think taking oxycodone is a safer option because it is a prescription drug rather than an illicit drug like cocaine or heroin. In reality, any person can become addicted to any drug, whether the drug is prescribed or not.

Regardless of the reasons, oxycodone addiction is a serious problem that requires professional treatment for recovery.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

The first step in overcoming an addiction is detox, which is simply the process of removing oxycodone from the body. Once detox is complete, you can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30-day, 60-day or 90-day treatment plans for drug addiction. Many offer even longer options, up to 12 months of either inpatient or outpatient treatment and rehab.

During rehab, you will identify and seek to break the habits that you developed as an addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues you have that could have triggered the addiction, as well as those that might trigger a relapse once you leave treatment. You will also work on building the skills necessary to re-enter your life drug free.

Getting Help for Oxycodone Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with an oxycodone addiction, seek help immediately. You can call our toll-free number to talk with one of our addiction recovery specialists. We can provide information about the addiction treatment options available to you or your loved one. You don’t have to journey through this alone. We are available 24 hours a day, so call us today.