Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone AddictionOxycodone is a powerful prescription drug that gives much needed relief to many suffering from painful short term and chronic conditions. The downside is this prescription painkiller can be very dangerous as it can be quickly habit forming and addictive.

Oxycodone, also known under the brand names of Oxycontin and Percocet, is one of the most abused prescription drugs in the country. Just because a drug is legal and prescribed does not mean that it is safe to use for everyone. With oxycodone the body can quickly develop a tolerance to the drug. This means that the dosage taken after a period of time does not give the desired effect that it did at the beginning. A higher dosage is required to get the same effect.

Abuse begins when a person is taking the drug at a higher dosage than prescribed or without a prescription. If a physician feels that it is time to be taken off the drug, unfortunately patients may resort to illicit means to get more of the drug. Or perhaps a person initially got the drug from a friend, relative, or off the street to just try without ever having a prescription. Regardless the situation of the initial use, a person may quickly find the drug is needed to feel normal. As dependence gets stronger, a person may chew it, crush it, snort it, or inject it to get a quicker and a more intense “high”.  It is very important this drug is never misused because the outcome can be deadly.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

Small doses of stress in life is normal and typically nothing to worry about. However, when the stress continues and is ongoing, chronic stress can turn into something very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when it becomes unbearable, previous drug addicts may turn to drugs

Reasons for Stress

Oxycodone abuse can be hard to detect because it can easily be hidden with the act of just swallowing a pill(s). There are physical and psychological signs of oxycodone addiction that may be recognized. Some common signs:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Lack of motivation
  • Drowsiness
  • Short attention span
  • Poor coordination
  • Slurred speech

School or career obligations and relationships may start to suffer because getting and using the drug become priority one.  The person may have tried to cut back or completely quit using the drug, but have had not success.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

When the body is addicted or dependent on oxycodone, it is very difficult to stop using the drug because the withdrawal symptoms are hard to endure. These include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating or chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Uncontrolled shaking
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment 

Oxycodone addiction destroys lives so it needs to be taken seriously. Seeking treatment is the best way to effectively treat oxycodone addiction rather than trying to quit on your own. Know that you are not alone and help is available. AMC offers medication-assisted treatment that will drastically help with the withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Our comprehensive approach of counseling, compassionate support, and individualized recovery plans is most helpful in your recovery. Call AMC and take your life back today.

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