Oxycodone abuse is one of the fastest growing problems among Americans. Opiates are commonly prescribed to help with moderate to severe pain, but due to their highly addictive nature, they put individuals at risk for addiction and dependency. If you have developed a dependency to an opioid medication like oxycodone, you already know how difficult it is to stop using. Fortunately, you can take control over your oxycodone addiction with a quality drug addiction treatment program.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a pain-relieving opioid that physicians commonly prescribe to treat moderate to severe pain. It’s intended to offer short-term relief, and due to its addictive properties, individuals shouldn’t take the medication for a long period of time. Even those who take the drug in small doses as prescribed can develop a dependency if use continues longer than recommended.
Oxycodone is found alone and in combination with other pain reliever medications in tablet form. It’s available under several brand names, including:
- OxyContin: solely oxycodone, available in both immediate release and controlled release forms
- OxyIR and OxyFAST: immediate-release version of oxycodone
- Percodan: a combination of oxycodone and aspirin
- Percocet: a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen
Effects of Oxycodone
When taken as prescribed, oxycodone offers effective pain relief. Some of the drug’s desirable effects include improved perception of pain, feelings of euphoria (joy and happiness), relaxed muscular tension, and mental calmness and/or relaxation.
Although oxycodone can effectively relieve pain, it can also bring about negative side effects. Some individuals who use oxycodone experience unpleasant symptoms like slow or labored breathing, constipation, nausea and vomiting, confusion, and intermittent periods of sleep and consciousness.
Opiate medications like oxycodone activate “feel good” sensors in the brain. As dopamine levels increase, the user experiences relaxation and euphoria. If usage continues for an extended period of time, the brain begins to believe that it needs the substance in order to function correctly. Once this dependency develops, quitting can become increasingly more difficult. Withdrawal symptoms are also likely to appear if the user attempts to quit using.
Some common symptoms related to opiate withdrawal include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While these symptoms usually aren’t life threatening, they can be quite uncomfortable for the user. To safely get through this ordeal and effectively conquer an oxycodone addiction, professional rehab is recommended.
Help for Overcoming Oxycodone Addiction
At Driftwood Recovery in Driftwood, Texas, we work with our guests on an individual basis to help them achieve total and lasting recovery. We don’t want our clients to have to go through multiple rehab attempts and relapses before finally reaching the results they desire. We take a 12 Step focused approach to rehabilitation that addresses each guest as a unique individual.
Some of the drug addiction treatment programs we offer include:
- Residential treatment program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Family program
- Extended care program
We also provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy several recreational therapies at our 85-acre ranch land property.
Make the Courageous Decision to Seek Help for Oxycodone Addiction Today
Recovery doesn’t have to be a miserable or uncomfortable experience. While you’re at our facility, you can receive the compassionate care that you need and deserve. If you’re ready to venture into the exciting world of total and lasting sobriety, call Driftwood Recovery today at 866-426-4694.