OxyContin (often called oxy, OC, or oxycotton) is an extremely powerful and effective pain reliever that is often prescribed to cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain. Relieving physical pain is the primary purpose of this particular substance. Since oxycodone is the active ingredient, the users may have a sense of feeling of euphoria, pleasure, comfort, and well-being after usage – similar effect to heroin, methadone, and morphine.
OxyContin contains a time-release mechanism that allows part of oxycodone to be release slowly into your body once ingested. Therefore, users may receive pain relief for up to 8-12 hours after taking it. When it is taken properly, it is a safe and effective drug to use; however, chronic use of OxyContin can result in tolerance for the drugs which may cause users to take higher dosage to achieve the same initial effects. That is the reason why the risks of overdose and addiction are extremely high with this particular substance.
Signs and Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction
There are many emotional and physical signs of OxyContin addiction that you can look for:
- Physical symptoms of OxyContin addiction may include: confusion, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, nausea, apathy, and more
- Abuser/addict begins to develop high tolerance for the drugs and demand to take more than what they are supposed to take
- When user misses a dose of OxyContin, he/she begins to develop or to feel physical withdrawal symptoms
- Feeling irritable, anxiety, or nervous when he/she doesn’t have OxyContin available to them
- Financial issues – money will be no object to them as long as the drugs are available to them
OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms
OxyContin withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 6 hours since the last pill was taken. Symptoms may include anxiety, tremors, aching muscles, dehydration, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, nausea, seizures, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and etc. Many abusers/addicts may have failed to quit using OxyContin because abrupt withdrawal may cause the abusers to experience severe withdrawal symptoms which forced them to lose focus and motivation. It is recommended for users to seek professional treatment so he/she can take the proper first step to the recovery process.
OxyContin addiction is a serious condition that requires professional help which Ocean Hills Recovery can offer. We provide 30-60, and 90 days inpatient drug treatment programs to you as an individual. We use a unique approach to ensure your mind and body will be properly detoxed from the addiction. To realize you or your loved one may have an addiction is an important and necessary step to take, Ocean Hills Recovery is here to help you or your loved one through the rest of the journey to recovery. Contact us today and ask us about the oxycontin addiction treatment we provide.share