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Oxycodone Detox & Addiction
Oxycodone Addiction and Detox
Oxycodone is a narcotic pain killer commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is extremely habit forming, meaning it can rapidly lead to physical dependence or an outright oxycodone addiction.
Millions of oxycodone pills are prescribed every year, but oxycodone is also the main active ingredient in a number of combination-drug prescription pain relievers, such as:
- OxyContin, Roxicodone and OxyIR—oxycodone combined with an inert binder
- Percocet, Endocet, Tylox and Roxicet—oxycodone combined with acetaminophen (sometimes called paracetamol)
- Percodan, Endodan and Roxiprin—oxycodone combined with aspirin
- Combunox—oxycodone combined with ibuprofen.
Because all these drugs contain oxycodone, they can be dangerously addictive. Many people seeking oxycodone detox, including patients at Novus Medical Detox Center, became physically dependent or addicted to oxycodone while taking one or more of the combination prescription drugs listed above.
When taken for pain, oxycodone actually increases the pain in many people. This is a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
And the dozens of oxycodone-related crimes, illnesses and sudden deaths in the news any day of the week quickly reveal the sad and shocking number of Americans who are trapped by oxycodone addiction.
Understanding the Terminology
Dependence vs. Addiction
- Oxycodone dependence means unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are experienced when you don’t get your dose of oxycodone on time:
- Oxycodone is NOT being used to “get high”.
- Oxycodone is only being sought to relieve the pain for which it was prescribed.
- Oxycodone addiction means dependence has progressed to obsession, compulsion, or what might be called excessive dependence:
- Pathological preoccupation with getting the drug
- Using it to experience intoxication or the “high” one can get from it
- Includes all the ferocious withdrawal symptoms when trying to get off it
- Drug-seeking behavior goes beyond normal bounds, even to illegal means.
Opiates vs. opioids
- Opiates are more-or-less “natural” drugs derived directly from the opium poppy.
- Opioids are partially- or fully-synthetic versions of opiates.
Oxycodone is an opioid, because it is synthesized from an opium derivative, and is not a natural opium derivative (an opiate) like morphine or heroin.
But don’t worry too much about what one or the other means. All you really need to know is that, natural or synthetic, they’re both highly addictive narcotics that should be approached with the same caution accorded rattlesnakes and poisonous scorpions.
History Of Oxycodone
Oxycodone is one of a number of opium derivatives developed in Germany early in the last century. Such drugs were intended to improve on codeine, morphine and heroin—the major existing narcotics of the time. Scientists hoped to find pain killers with less risk of dependence and addiction than morphine, heroin and codeine.
Their results were a complete failure. All the new drugs turned out to be just as addictive and destructive as the original drugs, if not more so.
However, that didn’t stop the drug companies from marketing the drugs aggressively around the world, or stop doctors from prescribing them. And the newer drugs also opened the door for drug companies to develop and market patentable brands and earn billions of dollars, a practice that still continues 100-plus years later.
How Oxycodone Addiction Usually Happens
Oxycodone addiction and dependency is frequently caused when people take more of their prescription than was called for. They take too much every day, and/or they take it for too long a period of time.
In either case, their doctors were apparently not paying attention—they didn’t make sure their patients understood how addictive oxycodone can be, and/or they renewed patients’ prescriptions without finding out how a patient was really doing.
Truth be known, there are plenty of doctors who don’t understand how easily an oxycodone dependence or addiction can occur, and there are plenty more who obviously just don’t care.
If that sounds unkind or unreal, try this little exercise:
- Search the news for “prescription drug addiction”.
- Notice that thousands of Americans are addicted to prescription drugs for which they have legitimate prescriptions. Keep in mind names like Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and Michael Jackson.
- Ask yourself: “Where were the doctors who prescribed these drugs when all this dependence and addiction occurred?”
Oxycodone Detox is the First Step in Recovery
Although an oxycodone detox is always the first step towards recovery for everyone with an oxycodone dependence or addiction, most people discover that withdrawing from oxycodone is a lot more difficult than it was developing the oxycodone dependence or addiction.
The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone detox force many people to give up their oxycodone detox and return to a life of drug dependence and addiction. Understanding what is happening when withdrawing from oxycodone is important.
At Novus Medical Detox Center, a safe and effective oxycodone detox program has been developed that really does reduce the severe withdrawal symptoms experienced by most patients going through oxycodone detox. This clearly offers the best chance for successfully completing an oxycodone detox.
As well as being more comfortable, many patients find that the Novus program takes less time than that offered by other less sophisticated detox programs. Everyone welcomes a return home sooner than expected.
At Novus, an oxycodone detox program includes:
- Each program tailored to each patient’s needs:
- Current health situation properly assessed
- Drug history and usage carefully reviewed
- A safe, peaceful and soothing environment
- A caring and experienced medical staff
- Round-the-clock medical monitoring
- Special IV’s to provide hydration and nutrients
- Special medications to aid in detox as needed
- Delicious and nutritious meals and natural supplements
- No need to take additional drugs when you go home.
To sum up, advanced medical and nutritional support delivered in a peaceful, soothing environment make oxycodone detox at Novus Medical Detox Center easier, safer and more comfortable than anywhere else.
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