Seeking Remedy For An Oxycontin Addiction

Mid adult woman in bed, drugs in foreground

Dr. Purushothaman
January 12, 2014


One of the most troubling health concerns facing our Nation today is the abuse of prescription drugs. Millions of people are suffering from devastating addictions to prescription pain medications. One of the most addictive and dangerous drugs that has many people addicted is called Oxycontin. Oxycontin addiction is a relatively new phenomenon. Many times, medical professionals prescribe Oxycontin to individuals who need help with managing pain. However, often times these people continue to take the drug after their original pain is gone. This leads them to develop an addiction in a very short amount of time. The only way to overcome an addiction to Oxycontin, or any other type of prescription drug, is to undergo an oxy drug detox.
Oxycontin is a brand name for the pain medication known as Oxycodone. Oxycodone is prescribed by doctors for a number of different reasons. The main reason that people receive prescriptions for Oxycodone is to deal with pain problems. However, many individuals continue taking the drug, even after their initial ailment is cured. They develop addictions to the pleasurable effects that Oxycodone has on the brain. If a person develops an addiction to Oxycodone, and takes them for a long enough period of time, it will be necessary for them to undergo a medical detox in order to overcome the physical part of their addiction.
Warning Signs
There are many signs that someone is addicted to Oxycontin. There are many physical signs such inability to sleep, the sweats, chronic nausea, twitching, vomiting, as well as muscle pain and diarrhea. However, in addition to the physical signs there are other symptoms to look for. Its important to notice whether or not the drug is being taken as prescribed by a doctor. Often times those who have fallen into addictive behavior will self medicate. The behavior will be compulsive and will consist of the repeated use of the drug even though there are negative effects. Other signs include sluggishness, irritability, and loss of appetite.
Negative Social Effects
Often addicts will withdraw from society and their loved ones, they may also be experiencing difficulties at work or school, which can lead to further depression and keep the cycle of addiction going.In addition to the physical signs and symptoms there are also changes that occur within social settings. If an individual loses interest in those activities that they normally found joy in, its a big indication that there might be a problem.
How To Seek Help
Addiction is dangerous and treatment is very necessary, however, if an individual is not ready to cooperate the efforts can be in vain. Suggest they speak with their physician, their doctor may better be able to gauge whether or not and addiction has been garnered and how to treat it. There are many options when it comes to treatment. From counseling to inpatient hospitalization including detox rehabilitation, it depends on the duration of the addiction as to which treatment is best.

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