What to Do If You’re Addicted to Oxycodone

What to do if you're addicted to OxycodoneClassified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug, oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. While oxycodone is approved for medical use, it does have a very high risk of addiction.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

Signs of oxycodone use and dependence can include the following:

  • A reduced sense of pain
  • Sedation
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Slowed breathing
  • Needle marks (if injecting drugs)

What to Do If You’re Addicted to Oxycodone

One of the most successful options for treating drug addiction is participating in an inpatient treatment program. When it comes to making one of the most important decisions of your life, you may ask, “What’s in it for me?” The following are some benefits of inpatient therapy:

  • Remove denial — you may think that since you decided to go for drug addiction treatment, that you are no longer in denial; however, that is not always the case. You may need assistance in breaking through any barriers you have placed around yourself that prevent you from looking closely at your addiction. Counselors can help you work to identify these barriers and take responsibility for the behaviors and actions that got you to this place in your life.
  • Abstinence — the short and long term goal of rehab is to abstain from using drugs. Research has proven that as long as the drug or the residues of the toxins of the drug are in your bloodstream, you are still being negatively impacted even if you are currently not ingesting. Inpatient rehab offers detox which allows you to safely clean your system and clear your mind.
  • Strength in numbers — a common ramification of drug addiction is that the addict’s personal relationships deteriorate and the addict becomes isolated and lonely which can lead to depression. At rehab, you are in an environment with people who have shared similar experiences to yours and who can serve as a foundation for the new support system you need to get and stay healthy.
  • Out with the old — there were many parts of your life that contributed to your addiction. In addition, your addictive life was focused on acquiring and using drugs, not on maintaining a productive and healthy life. All of these experiences, negative patterns, and inappropriate behaviors have to be replaced with positive and life-enhancing skills. Within the residential setting, you are provided with educational classes, lectures and interactive sessions that will help you begin to replace old ideas with new ones, designed towards achieving and maintaining a long term recovery.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

With proper medical supervision and support, there is a high rate of success in withdrawal from oxycodone. If you or someone you know is addicted to oxycodone, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.