What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

Knowing the warning signs of oxycodone use can help save an individual’s life

OxyContin is the brand name for a time released formula of oxycodone, which is a narcotic analgesic or a medication that reduces pain. Oxycodone is primarily used to relieve pain from injuries, arthritis, cancer and other miscellaneous conditions. Its affects are often similar to that of morphine’s and is found in a number of prescription medications such as Percodan, Percocet and OxyContin. Due to its high content of oxycodone, OxyContin is popularly abused on the street. Those who abuse the medication typically crush the tablet and either swallow, snort, or dilute it in water and inject it. By doing this, it destroys the time release mechanism so that the user can feel it’s full effects quickly, which has been compared to the euphoria of heroin. Even those who use the prescription medication as prescribed can find themselves experiencing side effects or withdrawal pains with one skipped dose. [1]

Addiction can occur either intentionally or accidentally and whichever way it occurs, the side effects can be just as deadly and life-threatening. Knowing the warning signs and when oxycodone use has crossed the line and turned into addiction can help save an individual’s life as well has help minimize any damage the addiction may have caused.

Oxycodone Addiction Warning Signs

Addiction can affect each addict differently, just like how each medication has different side effects for each user. Some medications, such as oxycodone can be highly addictive, and despite an individual’s best intentions she can find herself on the verge of addiction, even though she used the medication as prescribed. Included in the following are some examples of the warning signs of oxycodone addiction:

  • Drastic mood swings
  • Becoming obsessed with the medication
  • Relationship struggles due to drug use
  • Social withdrawal due to drug use
  • Tolerance
  • Impaired judgement and cloudy thinking

Both abuse and addiction to oxycodone can cause numerous detrimental effects. These effects can vary from person to person due to numerous factors such as genetic makeup, length of abuse and frequency of abuse. Many individuals believe that because their medication was prescribed by a physician that it is safe to use. However, for some medications the doctor’s prescription does not adequately negate the medication’s addictive qualities.

Where to go for Help

Similar to how each individual’s addiction is different than another’s, so is how well an addict will respond to any particular treatment. Some addicts may require more intense forms of treatment while other addicts may respond to treatment that is less invasive. Included in the following are some treatment options for addicts struggling with oxycodone addiction:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Outpatient treatment

Inpatient treatment typically lasts no longer than 30 days and the primary goal of this form of treatment is to help the addict withdrawal while under medical supervision and uncover the reasons behind the addict’s use. During this phase of recovery, addicts likely go to counseling sessions and classes to help them work through their issues as well as learn new skills to help them cope with stress and anxiety without resorting to drug abuse.

For those who have co-occurring addiction and mental health conditions, residential treatment may be their best option. Many inpatient facilities are only equipped to treat one condition at a time and then require the individual to move to another facility to treat any other co-occurring conditions. Unfortunately for many, this defeats the process and they find themselves in full relapse just days to weeks after treatment. Typically, most residential facilities have the ability to treat both conditions under the same roof. This gives addicts the best opportunity to receive treatment simultaneously for their conditions and gives them the best chance at succeeding with their sobriety.

Outpatient treatment allows those seeking treatment to receive it while maintaining an independent lifestyle. This gives them the opportunity to receive treatment while maintaining their obligations to their loved ones and jobs. This form of treatment is suggested for those who have sought one of the above forms of treatment and need just a little added support with their addiction recovery, or an individual whose addiction is not severe or life-threatening.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know and love is struggling to control their oxycodone use and is unsure if they are in fact addicted to it, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available for your condition. One call can change your life forever, so call us today!


[1] http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/oxycontin-pain-relief-vs-abuse?page=5, Oxycontin: Relief vs. Abuse, 12/20/15, 06/19/2007.