What Happens When Oxycodone Addicts Don’t Get Treatment

What Happens When Oxycodone Addicts Don’t Get TreatmentOxycodone is a popular generic substance commonly prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain. Present in many prescription pain medications, oxycodone is effective primarily because it is an opiate drug. Opiate pain relievers work by stimulating opiate receptors in a user’s brain and spinal cord. This blocks the reception and transmission of pain signals. Additionally, opiate substances trigger reward centers in the brain leading to a general sense of well-being and relaxation. While these qualities make oxycodone especially effective in the world of prescription medication, it also makes the drug a candidate for abuse and dependency. Opiate pain medications are some of the most popular illicit substances. The popularity of oxycodone combined with its high potential for abuse and dependency make it one of the most dangerous substances on the market. An individual can become addicted to the substance through a variety of circumstances, but the process of addiction is similar in all scenarios.

Warning Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

The first warning sign of oxycodone addiction is tolerance. Tolerance is the situation in which the longer someone uses oxycodone the less effective the drug becomes. The body and brain gradually begin to counteract the effects of the substance in an effort of self preservation. The user will begin to notice that a consistent dose of the drug has a diminished effect. If their response to this scenario is to simply take more oxycodone until the desired effect is produced, they usually become candidates for dependency. Dependency is often a precursor for addiction and is evidenced when an individual begins to physically and psychologically need consistent doses of the drug to maintain daily function. Dependency can make a person believe that they “need” oxycodone to be normal.

If an addiction to oxycodone is allowed to go unchecked, tolerance will continue to increase, and users’ risk of overdose increases. An overdose on oxycodone can result in stroke, coma or death. Negative side effects increase in severity with use, and impacts to personal life become greater when addiction help is not sought.

Resources for Oxycodone Rehabilitation

If you find that you have become addicted to oxycodone, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions, walk you through the rehabilitation process and provide you with quality treatment options. The call is free, and we can verify insurance benefits for treatment. Please call us today.