The Progression of Oxycodone Addiction

The progression of Oxycodone addictionOxycodone is a narcotic pain-reliever, perhaps most commonly known by the brand name OxyContin. OxyContin is an extended-release form of oxycodone, intended for round-the-clock treatment of pain. According to the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States had the highest total consumption of oxycodone in 2007, accounting for 82% of the 51.6 tons consumed worldwide in that year. It is no surprise then, that oxycodone, and in particular OxyContin, is among the most commonly abused pain-relievers. In 2010, Purdue Pharma – the company that produces OxyContin – reformulated the drug in an attempt to curtail misuse and abuse.

Recreational Use of Oxycodone

Over the last decade, oxycodone abuse in the form of recreational use has increased steadily. OxyContin, often called “hillbilly heroin,” is the most commonly abused form of oxycodone. The Government Accountability Office conducted a study in 2003 that found, among other factors contributing to addiction, that OxyContin contains a larger amount of oxycodone than other comparable drugs. As with other narcotics, oxycodone can be highly addictive.

Many recreational users don’t imagine themselves becoming addicts. Though from the outside this may seem like the obvious end result, few addicts see themselves that way. Recreational users are focused on the high they feel from using and, some may even feel in control of their use for a while. Initially, many view oxycodone use in the same way that millions of Americans view social drinking.

Unfortunately, casual use can lead to crippling addiction. In fact, even individuals who are using oxycodone as prescribed, not recreationally, can end up addicted. Accidental addiction to prescription drugs like oxycodone is common. Unfortunately, addiction makes no distinction between those who end up there as a result of reckless abuse and those who are simply treating pain.

Accidental Addiction to Oxycodone

Although the numbers are fewer than those who become addicted as a result of recreational use, there are those who find themselves addicted to oxycodone after using it legitimately. Tolerance can occur after regular use lasting even a few weeks. Once the body becomes accustomed to the effects of oxycodone, it requires a higher dosage to achieve the same effect – in these cases pain relief. If the patient is still experiencing pain, they are likely to increase their dosage, whether directed to do so by a doctor or not. This leads to dependence and addiction.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

Fortunately, if you find yourself addicted to oxycodone, regardless of the circumstances that led you there, help is available. There are a variety of treatment strategies that can lead to your successful recovery. Many addicts are either unaware of how to get help or to ashamed to do so. Help is here and there is no shame in accepting it.

Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to speak with a representative who can assist you in finding the treatment that’s right for you. There is no shame in getting help. Help is here. Call today.