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Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

It’s ironic that a pain reliever created in the early 1900s intended not to be addictive like its cousins, heroin and morphine, has now become part of its own tragic epidemic. In the CDC’s report on overdose deaths from prescription opioids, oxycodone is contributing to the rapidly rising rates of drug abuse and fatalities. The strength at which oxycodone works to combat serious pain can unfortunately spiral into dependency and addiction. However, there are several methods and programs available that treat oxycodone addiction, address the root causes of the cravings, and teach coping mechanisms to prevent future relapse.


Understanding Oxycodone Addiction

Although legally permissible with a prescription, Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug, which means that it is considered strongly at risk for misuse. Whether taken at scheduled times or for extended-release (OxyContin), it increases dopamine levels, the chemical sensation in the brain that equates certain acts or items with pleasure. In much the same way that bliss becomes associated with a special someone or favorite foods, the resulting pain relief can translate into dependency, even after it’s no longer medically needed. Despite potential side effects of physical discomfort, nausea, and weakness, the user then focuses on continuously getting that “high”.


Family history of substance abuse and societal factors (like social introductions to non-prescription drug use, also known as “peer pressure”) may also raise the potential for addiction.


Recognizing Oxycodone Dependency

The following are warning signs that an oxycodone prescription (which also applies to other opioids containing oxycodone such as Percocet, Xolox, Roxicet, and Percodan) may have developed into an addiction:

  • Refill(s) when the healing period is over
  • Refill(s) from different doctors
  • Seemingly not being able to function without taking a dose
  • Crushed pills or tablets that may be used to snort or inject for a quicker, stronger high
  • Breathing problems, skin rashes and irritations, and heart palpitations
  • Theft from friends, family, and/or employment
  • Missing prescriptions or doses
  • Forged prescriptions
  • Compulsive behavior and mood swings
  • Other narcotic use


Oxycodone Addiction Treatment Options

Withdrawal from oxycodone is a demanding, draining process. Depending upon the addiction’s severity, withdrawal attacks the body with migraines, insomnia, diarrhea, fever, tremors, and flu-like ailments.


As with battling any addiction, quitting oxycodone cold turkey isn’t always practical, and can even be dangerous for some. Trained professionals need to diagnose and treat the physical, mental, and psychological dynamics, then determine the best rehab program. Once decided on inpatient or outpatient care, the next step is to then either ease withdrawal through tapering off, or go through detox.


Some recovery plans utilize medication-assisted therapy, which substitutes another drug to relieve the body’s reliance on oxycodone. Common medications include methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. However, there is a risk of later becoming addicted to methadone or medications like these, which is why detox and a strong aftercare program are often more successful in the long-term.


Therapies for Oxycodone Addiction

Instead of medications, more effective addiction treatment may involve:

  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy – evaluates why the addiction developed, and why treatment is necessary
  • Individual Counseling – also invites loved ones to join, to create open communication and strengthen support systems
  • Group Therapy – provides accountability and a network of peers to provide support
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – explores healthy responses and positive coping mechanisms for stress and situations that may have contributed to relying on oxycodone
  • Dual Diagnosis Therapy – for people also needing help for mental illness or other addictions
  • Holistic Therapy – teaches how to redirect energies towards meditation, yoga, art therapy, and practicing mindfulness techniques.
  • Wilderness Therapy: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine an estimated 122,000 teenagers are addicted to prescription drugs. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, wilderness therapy helps boost self-esteem and shows young adults how they can thrive and succeed without narcotics.


Learn more about the addiction treatment options available to combat the emotional and physical dependency upon opioids. If you or a loved one are suffering from oxycodone addiction, contact us today.

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Northeast Addictions Treatment Center is a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center in Quincy, Massachusetts. Our team has been helping individuals with Drug or Alcohol Addiction live a life of Recovery since 2016.