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Oxycodone: Effects and Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone Effects and Addiction Treatment

Oxycodone addiction is an increasing problem in America today. With recent trends in “doctor shopping,” pharmacy theft, and falsifying prescriptions more individuals are suffering from pharmaceutical drug addictions. Due to the addictive nature of these controlled substances, the war on drugs has evolved from our streets to our medicine cabinets.

Oxycodone is a highly addictive prescription narcotic pain reliever. It is synthesized and formulated from thebaine, which is derived from opium. In a sense, Oxycodone is synthetic heroin. This drug first became popular in rural areas, thus the nickname “hillbilly heroin” is used for oxycodone today. Opiates are known for dependence, severe withdrawal symptoms and harmful consequences. Painkillers, like oxycodone can be taken orally, but many addicts remove the time release and melt the drug down. Oxys can then be smoked or injected.

Mixing Oxycodone with alcohol or other drugs can be a dangerous combination. The effects of a drug like alcohol combined with any painkiller can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of coordination and irregular heartbeat. More importantly, combining painkillers with benzodiazepines can be a lethal concoction. People are usually unaware of the real effects and health risks associated with prescription drugs. We feel that because these substances are found in our medicine cabinets, they are therefore safe and can not cause real harm. Unfortunately, this is just not the case.
The Food and Drug Administration found that, “from 1998 to 2005 the side effects and deaths related to prescription drugs almost tripled to 90,000 incidents.”


Dangerous side effects associated with oxycodone include:

  • Euphoria
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea and abdominal pains
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Muscle pains
  • Slurred speech
  • Change in pitch of voice
  • Anxiety
  • Respiratory problems

The numbing effect produced by any painkiller is very psychologically addicting. Individuals abusing opiates find it difficult to live with out them. That combined with the fact that oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful, makes it difficult to kick this habit alone. Stopping any pharmaceutical drug abruptly is never recommended. A person abusing painkillers should be gradually weaned off by a medical professional. It’s only after detoxification that an individual can then be treated for the psychological aspect of their addiction. Oxycodone rehabs provide a safe medical detox along with residential treatment programs for those struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Recovery Center Addiction Treatment Programs has successfully helped thousands of individuals suffering from Oxycodone addiction. If you suspect that someone you love is abusing Oxycodone, our detox and inpatient treatment programs at The Addiction Recovery Center can help.

We provide a safe medical detox, where you or your loved one is gradually tapered off Oxycodone and safely monitored by medical doctors and nurses. Following the detoxification process, your loved one will complete an intensive residential treatment plan to treat the psychological effects of their addiction.

During this time your loved one will see a psychiatrist, participate in group therapy, and work with a counselor who understands what Oxycodone addiction is really about. In residential treatment, your loved one will learn how to cope with feelings and emotions, they will deal with any trauma or grief issues, and they will learn how to prevent relapse.
After the inpatient portion of the Oxycodone treatment plan, your loved one will be encouraged to participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program. By this time, your loved one will be re-integrating into society, but still attending group therapy meetings in the evenings. The groups will help your loved one learn how to live a normal life free from Oxycodone addiction.

If you or someone you love needs help with Oxycodone abuse, please call The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs 24 hour Helpline: 1-888-510-2481.

For more information or to speak to our caring admissions staff, call 24 hours a day,
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Treating the Addict–Treating the Family
When in active addiction it is easy to point out the faults of the addict. Those symptoms are quite clear. What is harder is to see the problems the addicts family has developed and how they make both the addict and the family sick. The codependency, heart ache and loss of trust take a toll on everyone involved. How then do you stop the cycle?

At The Addiction Recovery Center we often refer to the addict as the identified patient, but addiction is a family disease. In order to successfully treat the addict, we must treat the family. That is why we offer a family program to restore a healthy family dynamic and begin healing codependent relationships.

The family program includes interactive sessions with a therapist via phone, in person and during our family weekend programs. During this time, families will be invited to The Addiction Recovery Center in order to receive therapy for the damage addiction has done to them and their relationships.

In addition to the education and therapy that significant others receive, they attend meetings and both group and individual therapy with the addict in treatment. We give everyone the opportunity to address issues that have developed through the family addiction process and begin the family recovery process.