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Oxycodone Abuse and Addiction

Oxycodone, an opioid and relative of both morphine and heroin, produces an intense sense of euphoria — a very desirable effect that users will often seek to repeat. The effectiveness of the drug in this regard can quickly lead to an addiction pattern. In fact, the US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies it as a Schedule II drug, one that has “recognized medical uses” and also “a high potential for abuse.”

Nearly two million Americans either abused or claimed dependency on one type of prescription opioid according to a recent study, and as many as 25 percent of Americans who have used a doctor-prescribed opioid may exhibit addictive-use behaviors. The highly addictive nature of oxycodone, coupled with its wide availability either through prescription or illegal channels, create the perfect conditions for an enduring addiction problem.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone, besides its ability to produce powerful pain-killing and euphoric effects, has many serious and even life-threatening side effects when abused.

Symptoms of oxycodone abuse include:

  • slowed, impaired or difficulty breathing
  • constipation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion or disorientation
  • irritability and frustration
  • restlessness and agitation
  • negative impacts on sleep patterns, including periods of mixed sleep and consciousness

Long-term Consequences of Oxycodone Abuse

Beyond the immediate threats to your health outlined above, long-term abuse poses even more serious risks.

If you continue to use oxycodone, you may face:

  • circulatory problems including low blood pressure
  • liver damage
  • mood swings
  • dramatic changes in your personality and interests
  • isolation, including abandonment of family, friends and hobbies in order to use
  • sexual dysfunction and reduced libido
  • unethical behavior to maintain your drug supply
  • erratic behaviors which may threaten your personal and work relationships and financial life

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Oxycodone

Symptoms of withdrawal from oxycodone include extreme discomfort, trauma and many serious medical conditions including:

  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • anxiety
  • diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea and cramping
  • muscle weakness
  • shakiness or tremors
  • fever
  • excessive perspiration
  • flu-like symptoms such as chills and shivering
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • restlessness, agitation and sleeplessness
  • seizures
  • suicidal ideations

Why You Need a Supervised Oxycodone Detox

As a highly-addictive substance with critical and dangerous withdrawal symptoms, if you use or abuse oxycodone, you will require a supervised detox to ensure your success. Since oxycodone directly binds to opioid receptors in your central nervous system, you will likely find that simply “deciding to quit” will not work. If you attempt to detox on your own, you may quickly return to using due to the painful and serious symptoms of withdrawal. You may feel even more depressed after this cycle which could lead to a deepened dependency.

You may have gone from prescription to addiction without ever having decided to use. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center knows you want to get better and we understand the fierce grip of addiction and the pain it causes. Our staff of kind, professional and trained counselors have a single goal — to give you back control of your life. Our compassionate and judgment-free environment understands that and provides not only quality, comprehensive medical supervision, but end-to-end psychological counseling to help you recognize the path to addiction and stay on the road to sustained sobriety.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center’s Integrated Approach to Oxycodone Detox

Whether you became addicted through prescriptions or other means, you will need many things to break your oxycodone dependency and continue to stay drug-free. The enormous physical challenges and risks you face during withdrawal make on-going, supervised medical care a necessity.

Yet addressing only the physical manifestations of your dependency means — even if you have the strong intent not to continue using — you may not have the behavioral tools, situational skills and practice to avoid a relapse.

To get sober and stay sober, you will need a multi-tiered support system, a comprehensive set of psychological and behavioral tools and supportive, compassionate and trained professionals who can give you the support you need when you need it.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center appreciates the daily pain your addiction causes and how much you want to a healthier, drug-free lifestyle — not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones. For that reason, we don’t focus on a single aspect of your recovery, but instead treat you holistically.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center doesn’t see you as an addict or as a patient, but as a human being making the right choices in difficult circumstances. You’ve already made an affirmative choice to get healthy. Let Serenity Oaks Wellness Center help you see it through. Contact us today at 844-828-1050.

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