Oxycodone related overdoses and deaths have spiked dramatically over the past decade and a half. An addiction recovery and drug rehab program can begin to heal what has become a devastating scourge of prescription overdose death and addictions. Like the opioid hydrocodone, oxycodone is an opiate derived substance found in many brand name prescription medicines.

Often prescribed for pain relief, people may tend to overuse; seeking greater doses for the euphoric and short term relief effect the medication provides. Medical professionals, aware of the tendency for an opioid type drug to create dependency, have been more cautious in their prescriptions of oxycodone. Nevertheless, the risk exists to become addicted and dependent upon oxycodone and drug medications like it, including hydrocodone.

All addictions, including the addiction to oxycodone, are treatable and this page details some of the dangers and ways to receive treatment. The Action Recovery Group’s rehab center for alcohol and drug addictions is ready to help you and your loved one struggling with the insidious addiction to oxycodone and other drugs.

Call 1 (801) 475-4673 to begin the process of freedom from drug dependency today!

Understanding Addiction with Oxycodone

In the classification of drugs called “opiates,” oxycodone is classed as a level 2 narcotic by the federal government agencies enforcing drug statutes. Oxycodone is prescribed in medicines primarily as a pain relief and cough suppressing medication.  It comes in varying strengths as prescribed by a physician and is meant for short term use and as directed. It is sometimes substituted for other analgesics known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which most commonly are found in the form of over-the-counter brands of aspirin and ibuprofen.

Opiate derived pain killers like oxycodone is often prescribed over aspirin or ibuprofen and other NSAIDS especially when the risk of bleeding ulcers is severe with chronic pain sufferers. NSAIDS can actually cause stomach bleeding which has resulted in thousands of sudden internal bleeding deaths annually.

Other prescribed uses for oxycodone include persistent cough, head, back, and neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and injury pain, and for after-surgery pain relief.

As an opiate, oxycodone also falls into the classification for drugs made of codeine and thebaine. US government and pharmaceutical regulations prohibit oxycodone to be dispensed in its pure component form. Thus, there may be literally thousands of medications where oxycodone is a constituent drug including as processed with the very common over-the-counter pain relief medication, acetaminophen. Also processed with aspirin, oxycodone becomes an almost common medication in prescription form use today. This makes the prescribed drug sometimes an insidious form of unintended addiction.

Some of the prescription brand names for highly concentrated forms of oxycodone as the main ingredient include these:

  • Oxycontin
  • Percocet
  • Percodan
  • Perloxx
  • Roxicodone
  • Tylox

The website DrugAbuse.Gov offers an explanation about how opiates and opioid derived substances, like oxycodone, work in the brain and central nervous system.

“Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs in the body. When these drugs attach to their receptors, they reduce the perception of pain. Opioids can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion, nausea, constipation, and, depending upon the amount of drug taken, can depress respiration. Some people experience a euphoric response to opioid medications, since these drugs also affect the brain regions involved in reward. Those who abuse opioids may seek to intensify their experience by taking the drug in ways other than those prescribed. For example, OxyContin is an oral medication used to treat moderate to severe pain through a slow, steady release of the opioid. People who abuse OxyContin may snort or inject it thereby increasing their risk for serious medical complications, including overdose.”

Read more: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/how-do-opioids-affect-brain-body

Dangers, Tolerance, and Dependence

Oxycontin is a form of prescribed oxycodone medication considered to be highly addictive. When short term prescribed use is achieved, it can be highly effective for the relief it may offer. Oxycodone addiction occurs most often with OxyContin if it becomes abused for its temporary but euphoric effect, or when substituted for milder analgesics, and if prescribed in higher doses to achieve the same prior effect over a prolonged time.

Dependency and addiction occurs with oxycodone medications when high doses build up in the body and the body then builds a tolerance to the drug.  Overdose and death have been attributed in thousands of cases annually when oxycodone medications are combined with other central nervous system drugs, including alcohol. Using the medication according to a medical practitioner’s directions lessens the chance of oxycodone addiction and dependency.

With addiction, a professional drug rehab program, counseling, and compassionate therapy supply the regime needed to be free again. The Action Recovery Group provides critical assistance in overcoming oxycodone addiction.

Long Term Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxycodone Abuse

Depressants such as oxycodone slow down the body’s functions in the brain and vital internal organs. Too much of a suppression in any organ can cause dependency and even death. The main long term effect of oxycodone use is the addiction both physiologically and emotionally.

Living with pain causes a behavior all of its own. It is understandable that pain limits us, destroys our peace of mind, affects relationships, and works against us in our employment. Most people will do anything to avoid pain and to simply function normally again. This is why oxycodone may create an subtle addiction without the user ever planning to become trapped in the addiction cycle. The Action Recovery Group of Ogden is sympathetic to oxycodone addiction; as one of the most common addictions treated by us.

Some of the unintended consequences of taking oxycodone medications include damage to the internal organs, dependency, and severe withdrawal symptoms prompting the user to crave more. These symptoms and possible long-term health effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Liver and Kidney Damage
  • Tolerance build-up
  • Dependence and addiction
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Death

Becoming addicted to any drug is a mentally depressing situation to be in. Freeing the mind and body of substance addictions requires strong professional drug and alcohol type treatment rehab and programs.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

The Action Recovery Group personalized treatment options can help you or a loved one with oxycodone addiction. At the Action Recovery Group Drug Addiction Treatment Center, this is done through developing an individualized treatment plan. An individualized treatment plan is based on each person’s addiction issues and needs as determined by a careful professional staff assessment.

Action Recovery Group incorporates individual, group, and community based programs in order to achieve the best of all treatment worlds. To give balance and variety to each treatment day, we provide a variety of activities including meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other exercise and group interaction activities—all designed to enhance engagement in addiction treatment, and to provide those recovering from prescription drug addiction with important spiritual experiences to help spark their own internal changes.

This is just a part of the overall recovery experience at the Action Recovery Group Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center.  We provide the most effective drug rehab program in the State of Utah for withdrawal and freedom from oxycodone over-use.

We offer the hope that comes from dealing effectively with the issues underlying the overuse and abuse of oxycodone. Call us at 801-475-HOPE today!