And the pain of coming off it can stop most people from trying…
If you’re having a problem with OxyContin addiction, you’re not alone.
Oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, is nothing new. Drugs like Percodan and Percocet, which contain Oxycodone, have been available — and abused – for 30 years.
OxyContin came on the market in the mid ’90’s and took the U.S. by storm. Within just a few years of its release, more prescriptions were being written for OxyContin than all other opiate painkillers combined and OxyContin addiction and abuse soon became the number one reason for admissions into many drug treatment centers. Hospital emergency room visits climbed to more than 30,000, and the death toll quadrupled. OxyContin addiction is not something to be taken lightly, and getting off the drug requires a supervised medical detox.
See the reason behind OxyContin Addiction below.
Words from one of our patients: “The people here showed me that there is light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel that I thought I would never make it out of…..”
The Reason Behind OxyContin Addiction, and the Necessity for Medically-Supervised Detox
You have probably heard of endorphins — the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. What you may not know is that heroin, morphine, and oxycodone increase the production of endorphins, . When a person experiences more pain than the body’s production of natural endorphins can alleviate, doctors often prescribe painkillers. OxyContin is usually prescribed to reduce the pain stemming from injuries, bursitis, dislocations, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back problems, and the pain associated with cancer.
After you’ve taken OxyContin for a while – supplying the body with an external source for stimulating endorphin production – the body tends to produce fewer and fewer endorphins on its own and, consequently, becomes physically dependent on the drug for the production of endorphins. As many of the conditions for which it is prescribed are chronic, taking OxyContin for a long time is not unusual.
When you then try to stop using OxyContin, there are few endorphins produced and the body undergoes severe trauma that can be very painful. Although physical dependence is not the only factor in addiction and, for some, OxyContin addiction can happen with even short term use, this dependency, and the pain experienced when you stop taking the drug, opens the door to addiction.
Although OxyContin dependence/addiction often begins with a legitimate prescription from a doctor, it is also widely available on the street. Once the word got out that OxyContin produces a high similar to heroin, illegal use of OxyContin caught on like wildfire. On the street, users crush OxyContin pills and ingest, snort or inject it for faster absorption.
Another very dangerous factor in OxyContin addiction and dependency is the risk of overdose — and, believe us, that is one risk you definitely do not want to take. OxyContin overdose can have serious effects – skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, coma, severe respiratory distress, and even death.
Overdose can occur with long-term use, as the body builds a tolerance to the drug and requires higher doses to have the same impact or, in the case of street use where the pills are crushed to destroy the time-release coating, the amount of the drug hitting your system all at once can be far too much for the body to handle.
There are legitimate reasons for taking OxyContin, but addressing and handling the cause of the pain and then getting off of this dangerous drug as soon as possible is vital. Ensuring that withdrawal doesn’t cause severe physical pain and trauma makes it safe and, for some, it’s the only real option. Read what to expect from Novus Medical Detox below.
From one of our patients: "The first thing I realized is that I’m not alone and this can happen to anybody. I also realized that I am a strong person for making the decision to get help…”
Get Help with Safer, More Comfortable OxyContin Detox
Withdrawal from OxyContin can be a very painful experience. So painful, in fact, that even if the person wants to get off the drug, the fear of withdrawal symptoms is enough to stop them from trying. For heavy users, the withdrawal symptoms can be excruciating, and the stress on the body is dangerous. That’s why those users must have a medically-supervised OxyContin detox that uses gradual withdrawal techniques to ease the pain and other withdrawal symptoms, and reduce the physical trauma.
At Novus, we know how to make you as comfortable as possible:
• From the moment you arrive and check in to your private room with all the amenities, phone, TV, Internet connection, enjoy the delicious cuisine and walk the 3.2 acres of peaceful grounds you will know that Novus is focused on your comfort.
• The knowledgeable and experienced medical staff are available to you at any time, 24 hours a day, to talk, to listen or just to keep you company if you would like. All the staff have personal experience with drug dependence and many are themselves in recovery.
• We know that everyone’s metabolism is different. Your detoxification program is designed for you individually, based on your metabolism and history….no one-size-fits-all, this is a tailor-made program where you will be treated as the unique person that you are, with staff consulting you regularly as to your progress and any needs and wants you may have.
• The medical staff’s experience with the most comfortable and natural methods of withdrawal will help bring you through this procedure with all the care and comfort possible.
• And did we mention the food? The most satisfying and healthful menus are prepared for you, which, along with natural supplements and adequate hydration, help bring you to a state of health that you may not have experienced in some time.
More words from a patient: “Thank you for giving me not only my life back, my sanity, and my strength, but my soul as well….”