Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Treatment for oxycodone addiction and mental health issuesOxycodone is a narcotic pain-reliever, most commonly known by its brand name OxyContin. 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. Not surprisingly, oxycodone is also one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs.

Drugs like oxycodone are often linked with mental health issues. There are addicts who develop a mental health issue as a result of their addiction; and there are those who turn to drug abuse to treat their mental health. In either case, adding a second disorder to one as damaging as either of these creates a uniquely dangerous situation.

Oxycodone Addiction and Mental Health

Individuals with mental health disorders are often drawn to drug use for the relief, or at least apparent relief, it can bring to them. Oxycodone can bring a sense of calm to the user, even if it is artificial and temporary. Sadly, the cost of this short-term relief is often an exaggeration of the existing disorder, be it a mental health issue or an addiction. Co-occurring disorders, the term used for such a scenario, requires treatment known as integrated treatment.

What Is Integrated Treatment?

Integrated treatment is treatment specifically designed for those dealing with co-occurring disorders such as mental health disorders and drug addiction. Such programs provide combined treatment that accounts for the unique struggles associated with mental health. Simply treating the addiction will leave the mental health issue unaddressed and most likely lead to relapse. On the other hand, when someone treat his mental health disorder without giving proper attention to the accompanying addiction, it is likely that the mental health disorder could resurface as a result of continued drug abuse. Good integrated treatment plans will include the following aspects:

  • Education for patients about alcohol and other drugs and how they interact with mental illness.
  • Counseling, either individual or group, specifically designed for dual disorders.
  • Examining the role of drugs in the patient’s life and why dependency and addiction have occurred.
  • Teaching life skills that will equip the patient to solve problems without using drugs.
  • Relapse prevention training.

Get Help for Co-occurring Disorders

If you are struggling from a mental health disorder, oxycodone addiction or both, we want to help. In cases of co-occurring disorders, integrated treatment programs can provide the type of specialized attention that is necessary to ensure true recovery. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a representative who can help you find the integrated treatment program that is best for you. Call now and start the process of recovery of today.