When Does Oxycodone Use Become an Abuse Problem?

When does Oxycodone use become an abuse problem?Oxycodone is one of the most widely prescribed painkillers in the world. It is the key ingredient in drugs such as Percodan, Percocet and OxyContin. People with no history of drug abuse or addiction, and who follow their doctor’s instructions diligently, are not likely to develop a problem with oxycodone. But many will take it longer than prescribed, or in higher doses. Many will not stop taking the drug as soon as possible. These people run a great risk to develop a dependency or full blown addiction to this powerful narcotic.

What Is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is an opiate. It binds to certain receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals in the nervous system and giving the user a euphoric rush or high. It replaces naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that regulate mood and pain management and suppresses their production. This leaves the user dependent on opiates to feel normal or to function. If the brain’s supply of opiates is cut off, the user will experience a range of potentially severe side effects from withdrawal. They will also experience strong a psychological compulsion to take more pills. If left unchecked this disease will intensify until the user’s life is completely rearranged around finding and taking oxycodone. Oxycodone addiction is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to beat without help.

How Oxycodone Addiction Happens

Most people who develop an oxycodone problem never saw it coming. They were not looking for a recreational high or searching for a thrill. The majority were first exposed to the drug when they were given a legitimate prescription for moderate to severe pain. Tolerance for the drug develops quickly and means the pain-blocking effects and euphoria will be harder to come by without increased quantities or frequency of dosing. If they succumb to the temptation the cycle of dependency, addiction begins. Signs of oxycodone addiction include the following symptoms:

  • Dishonesty about use, including “doctor shopping” or prescription manipulation
  • Anxiety regarding quitting
  • Persistent euphoria or unrealistically confident feelings
  • Fear of withdrawal
  • Pain when not on the drug
  • Moodiness
  • Continued use despite negative physical, relational, emotional or legal side-effects

Oxycodone Addiction Recovery

Because oxycodone creates both a physical and emotional or psychological addiction a holistic approach to recovery is required. Many people will try to quit on their own and will fail. They may give up, believing that their addictions are unbeatable. With the right help, however, they can find the freedom they need. The most successful facilities will address the physical addiction by medically assisting the user through the detox phase, and then will take the necessary time and effort to help them recover from their psychological addiction through holistic and comprehensive rehab. Counseling, education, spiritual support and the cultivation of healthy relationships and habits are all a part of the process.

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