Why Oxycodone Addiction Leads to Compulsive Behavior

Why Oxycodone Addiction Leads to Compulsive BehaviorWhile the human brain is infinitely complex, basic behavior control comes down to experiences of pleasure and pain. When an action stimulates the reward center, the brain sends out signals to repeat that action. These signals are basic and simple. They are not related to further thought processes that consider long-term consequences or the feelings or experiences of others. Oxycodone and other opiate drugs produce pleasurable feelings that are more powerful than those experienced through natural stimulation, and this leads to compulsive drug use.

Negative Behaviors Related to Oxycodone Use

When oxycodone use becomes a compulsive behavior, addicts experience other changes in actions and thoughts. As the National Institutes of Health shares in its Addiction and the Criminal Justice System fact sheet, “chronic drug abuse causes long-lasting brain changes that contribute to an addicted person’s compulsion to seek and use drugs despite catastrophic consequences.” Getting and using oxycodone becomes the priority in an addict’s life, and he or she will not hesitate to steal or forge prescriptions to get more of the drug. Prescription drugs are expensive, but long-term financial considerations do not come into play once a behavior has become compulsive.

Ending Compulsive Oxycodone Use

Compulsive drug use will not end on its own. Ignoring addiction does not make it go away, as it is a chronic disease. Individuals are not able to consider the damage they are doing to their lives and the lives of those who love them until negative and painful experiences outweigh the pleasure of use. This is often referred to as hitting rock bottom, and reaching it can require extreme consequences. Rock bottom will be different for every addict, as what is too much pain is different for every individual. Oxycodone addicts do not have to hit this point before they can recover, but they may not be willing to seek addiction help on their own before then. This is when families and friends can come together for an intervention or series of family mediation meetings that will help an oxycodone user see past the compulsion to use and realize the consequences of his or her addiction.

Oxycodone Addiction Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with compulsive drug use, please call our toll-free helpline. We are here 24 hours a day to connect you to the best resources for long-term oxycodone addiction recovery. Our admissions coordinators will help you find the right treatment program or intervention professional and can verify insurance coverage and make travel arrangements, if you wish. All calls are confidential, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone today.