Three Unexpected Positives of Rehab from Oxycodone

Three Unexpected Positives of Rehab from Oxycodone

Treatment offers improved control over moods and emotions that previously limited their potential

While all opioid painkillers are synthesized from opium poppy plants, oxycodone uses a less-abundant yet more potent alkaloid called thebaine. The strength and stimulatory effects of thebaine make oxycodone products like OxyContin and Percocet among the most sought after drugs for recreational use. In fact, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) says OxyContin lead all prescription drug abuse in 2013. With extended use, oxycodone causes key receptor sites in the central nervous system to shrink, desensitize and crave more of the substance. As addiction and dependence set in, oxycodone abusers experience changes in behavior, thought process, motivation, decision-making, perception and mental health. Rehabilitation centers provide the most effective treatments for oxycodone addiction, and they produce better outcomes because they treat the whole person, including the undesirable changes the addiction causes. For this reason, unexpected positives typically emerge during the treatment process. Below are three common examples.

  1. Improved Emotional Management

Oxycodone addiction cripples people emotionally, but in many cases, issues with mood and emotions actually preceded the substance abuse. Opioid medications certainly address physical pain issues, but many illicit users covet the drug to suppress emotional pain. Addicts commonly have co-occurring mental health disorders, and the emotional pain might stem from an undiagnosed issue like depression, anxiety, mania or bipolar. If left untreated, these issues will likely become triggers that ignite opioid cravings and increase the risk of relapse.

In order to affect a lasting recovery, rehab centers address emotional health, mood management, cognitive function and any mental health disorders. Several different therapies are typically applied, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which targets maladaptive thought patterns and beliefs and empowers patients to manage emotions more effectively. Anger, stress, unresolved trauma and social anxiety are among the many issues explored and treated as needed. For patients, an unexpected positive is often improved control over moods and emotions that previously limited their potential.

  1. Expanded Set of Life Tools

Rehab is about health – physical, mental, emotional and social – but another way to improve health is through an expanded set of life tools. When people think of a toolbox, they typically envision various items used to improve something or fix a problem. In the same way, the tools taught in rehab are skills that help patients continue to improve their lives and fix potential problems. The skills might be interpersonal like conflict resolution, or they might be vocational like writing resumes and employment searches. The patient’s needs typically dictate the skillset taught, but the goal is for recovering addicts to complete rehab with tools that improve their quality of life.

  1. Stronger Social Networks

Most patients expect rehab to help them restore relationships with loved ones, but what they might not expect is the increased depth and breadth of their social circles. Social support networks are fundamental to recoveries, and they involve adding positive friends and connecting with a mature recovery sponsor. Likewise, recovering addicts often learn to connect on a deeper level as they share their stories, admit their faults and both receive and offer help. Social health is important for addiction recovery, and rehab centers can help guide patients to local support groups and programs that can play a valuable role in people’s recoveries.

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