OxyContin, also known as hillbilly heroin, is a painkiller that gives a euphoric high that intensifies when taken in crushed form. OxyContin causes an increase of tolerance, shifts in the chemistry of the brain, and psychological issues, making it one of the most demanding prescription drugs to treat. However, there are OxyContin rehab centers throughout the country that have been successful with OxyContin addiction treatment programs.
OxyContin addiction can happen as soon as taking one pill. There are several OxyContin side effects and signs of abuse and addiction, including:
- Doctor shopping or fraudulent prescriptions
- Mood swings/personality changes
- Respiratory difficulties
- Chronic headaches
- Increased tolerance and dosages
- Constipation and digestive issues
- Faking illnesses or injuries to be prescribed more of the drug
The Risk of Untreated Addiction
When OxyContin addiction is left untreated, the person runs the risk of overdose. Individuals often overdose on OxyContin when the tolerance for the drug increases and take more to achieve the same high or effect. Additionally, OxyContin is a time-released painkiller, which means it can take several hours for the drug to take full effect. This is why many users crush tablets to achieve an OxyContin high faster. Overdose can cause a dangerous slowing of the central nervous system, coma, and even death.
OxyContin Rehab Benefits
Without professional help, it is unlikely that users can overcome their OxyContin addiction. Inpatient rehab facilities offer the medical care, guidance, and support needed for individuals to recover. The benefits of entering rehabilitation for OxyContin addiction include:
- Individualized therapy: Many treatment programs will provide one-on-one therapy sessions for those recovering from drug addiction. Recovering addicts can receive psychological analysis and insight into what could have contributed and caused their drug addiction. There are several therapies available such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, music therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and art therapy.
- Cravings management: Individuals often experience cravings for OxyContin or other painkillers as they move through their treatment program. Physical and psychological cravings can be managed through emotional and psychological support, or medical procedures can be used to help with the cravings.
- Peer support: Patients can benefit from the support of their peers, both from group therapy and 12-step meetings. Peer support provides encouragement and inspiration during the recovery process. Patients can connect with others who have gone through similar experiences and felt more part of a community.
- Aftercare support: Recovery from OxyContin is an ongoing process and doesn’t stop once one’s treatment program is complete. Aftercare support allows patients to identify obstacles and triggers that they may encounter once they return home, along with providing follow-up calls for further support.
OxyContin Addiction Recovery at Serenity
OxyContin is a complicated and dangerous addiction that affects everyone in the user’s life. We understand how OxyContin addiction has affected society in a negative way, which is why we want to do everything we can to get as many people as possible clean and sober. We want to make sure our patients are doing well during their program and after. We have the knowledge and tools needed to help our patients get off drugs safely.
At Serenity Point Rehabilitation, we know that one treatment program won’t work for all people, which is why we have done years of research on the subjects of detoxification, addiction, and rehabilitation to create a program that works for several different types of addictions. If you or a loved one are struggling with OxyContin addiction, call us at our toll-free number to speak with one of our advisors.