Taken exactly as prescribed, Oxycontin can be used to manage pain effectively — but when it’s abused, Oxycontin can destroy lives. Oxycontin addiction leads to thousands of emergency room visits each year, with some that result in death by overdose. If you’re ready to take control of the Oxycontin addiction hurting you or your loved one, call Treatment Solutions at 877-640-1943 today.
What is Oxycontin?
Oxycontin is the brand name for oxycodone and a prescription painkiller in the opiate family, which also includes heroin. It’s available by prescription only and is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain when around-the-clock pain relief is needed.
Oxycontin, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is available in tablet form in 5 doses: 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 mg.
Street names for Oxycontin include: Killers, OC, OXY, Oxycotton, Kicker, Pills, Os and Hillbilly Heroin.
How is Oxycontin consumed?
As pain medication, Oxycontin is taken every 12 hours. The tablets contain a controlled, time-release formula. But Oxycontin abusers removed the sustained-release coating to get a rapid, more intense dose of the medication. The rush of euphoria experienced is similar to heroin, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
How widespread is Oxycontin addiction?
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 52 million Americans aged 12 or older reported non-medical use of the psychotherapeutic at some point in their lifetimes – representing an astounding 20.8% of the U.S. population. About 6.2 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use of psychotherapeutic drugs for non-medical purposes, representing 2.5% of the population.
Oxycontin’s short-term effects:
- Feelings of relaxation
- Respiratory depression
- Cough suppression
- Severe respiratory depression, leading to death
- Tolerance, requiring higher and higher doses of the drug
- Dependence, including uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms for those who try to quit.
- Skin infections
- An increased risk of Hepatitis C and other infections
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2006 there were 323,579 emergency room visits where prescription painkillers, a category that includes Oxycontin were a factor. For more information on Oxycontin, call us today at 877-640-1943.
What are the risks of Oxycontin addiction during pregnancy?
When used as directed, pregnancy risks associated with Oxycontin are minimal — according to the American Pregnancy Association, Oxycontin has shown no evidence of risk in humans during well-controlled studies of pregnant women. There is still some remote chance of harm to the fetus, however.
When Oxycontin is abused by pregnant women, however, the risks become more severe. Oxycontin addiction leads to chemical dependence, and should the expectant mother stop taking the pills, severe withdrawal symptoms could lead to miscarriage.
Why is Oxycontin addiction so hard to overcome?
Some Oxycontin abusers are originally prescribed the drug to deal with painful medical issues. Because the user has a genuine medical condition, he or she can be in denial when Oxycontin use no longer follows doctor’s instructions and has become a full-blown addiction.
In addition, the withdrawal symptoms experienced by Oxycontin addicts who try to quit pose another serious obstacle to getting off these pills. These withdrawal symptoms, according to the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Involuntary leg movements
Oxycontin addiction treatment is the answer.
Treatment Solutions works with the best Oxycontin addiction treatment programs in the country — programs that are experienced in making clients comfortable during detox. By detoxing from Oxycontin in a drug rehab setting, you or your loved one will benefit from around-the-clock medical care and medications that will ease, and in some cases even eliminate, withdrawal symptoms.
After detox is complete, our clients receive intensive individual and group counseling, sometimes from licensed counselors who themselves have recovered from addiction. With their help, and the help of support groups we’ll refer you to in your community, a clean and sober life is indeed possible. Call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find Oxycontin addiction treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury Oxycontin rehab.