What Makes Oxycodone So Addictive?

What Makes Oxycodone So Addictive?There are a number of factors that affect whether or not a person will become addicted to a particular drug such as oxycodone. Social factors, individual traits and the specific characteristics and mechanisms of action of the drug itself play a role in the development of addiction.

Social Reasons Why Oxycodone Addiction Develops

There are many reasons why so many people become addicted to oxycodone. Social factors impacting the addiction level of oxycodone include the following:

  • Oxycodone is a widely prescribed drug which is easy to procure. People who first begin experimenting with mood-altering substances often begin with what is easiest for them to obtain.
  • People may become addicted to oxycodone after using the drug for prescribed medical reasons.
  • Users may not understand the drug’s potency and dangers. Many people believe that prescription drugs are less addictive than street drugs, although this is not the case.
  • The use of prescription drugs has fewer stigmas attached than does the use of street drugs. Although oxycodone is an opioid drug which is chemically similar to drugs derived from the opium poppy like heroin, friends and family are less likely to be concerned about a loved one abusing oxycodone and less likely to intervene.

Personal Reasons Why Oxycodone Is So Addictive

Personal or individual traits that affect the formation of oxycodone addiction include the following:

  • Those with a family history of addiction are more likely to become addicted.
  • Early life experiences may make people more likely to become addicted to oxycodone. Early life stress is associated with changes in the brain which may predispose people to drug abuse and addiction later.
  • People addicted to alcohol or a specific drug are more likely to develop an addiction to another drug like oxycodone.
  • Addiction often co-occurs with a mental health condition like anxiety, depression or posttraumatic stress disorder. People may become addicted to oxycodone because they are subconsciously trying to self-medicate a mental health issue.

Chemical Reasons Why People Become Addicted to Oxycodone

The specific characteristics of drugs such as oxycodone influence addiction development in the following ways:

  • Oxycodone affects neurotransmitter levels. When a drug causes neurotransmitter levels to rise, the body generally reacts by lowering the amount it produces or processes. Eventually the body adapts to the degree that it considers the presence of the drug normal and is only biochemically in balance when the drug is used.
  • Oxycodone increases the amount of dopamine in the body. Dopamine is associated with the body’s reward system, so using the drug is self-reinforcing.

A Way out from Oxycodone Abuse or Addiction

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