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Oxycontin Addiction Treatment

What is Oxycontin?

The most infamous painkiller on the market today is the drug Oxycontin. Long recognized as the “gold standard” in pain relief, Oxycontin is synthesized from the active ingredient in the opium poppy, opioids or opiates (as they are more often referred to) and contains a powerful pain relieving property that also gives the user a profound feeling of comfort and euphoria.

Despite its obvious medical use, opiate painkillers also come with the unfortunate price of physical addiction. After a period of repeated use, the body becomes dependent on the substance, causing intense physical and emotional discomfort that often leads users into a nightmare of addiction and destructive behavior.

Most Widely Abused Pain Killer in America

Since its release in the mid 1990’s, Oxycontin has become one of the most widely abused forms of opiate painkillers in America. When used properly, Oxycontin is an extremely powerful painkiller that can be used effectively for mild to severe pain management. Due to its power and widespread availability, it didn’t take long for Oxycontin to make its way into the medicine cabinets of far too many American households. In the first 10 years following its release, cases of overdose and abuse among young people skyrocketed. Since then, it has remained one of the most sought after drugs of abuse in the country.

Effects of Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin addiction is a disease that can affect every aspect of a person’s life as well as those around them. If left untreated, it often leads the user into a cycle of destructive behavior that can result in overdose, prison, or death. Do you think someone you know may be abusing Oxycontin? Here are some signs and symptoms to look for:

  • Irrational behavior- appearing unusually sedated and sleepy; decreased motivation; slow response or delayed movement.
  • Inappropriate emotions- extreme agitation, nervousness, erratic behavior, and intense mood swings at unusual moments – often occurring when the drug is not available.
  • Physical changes- Unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, change in appearance or personal hygiene, increased sweating, small pupils, or constant itching of the face.
  • Lifestyle changes- Loss of employment, isolation, constantly needing money, sudden loss of possessions or unexplained absences.

Inpatient Rehab

These are only a few of the many signs that someone you know or love may be abusing Oxycontin. Opiate addiction is a destructive disease that destroys lives and tears families apart. Luckily, there is hope. Due to increased awareness and a change in attitude toward those suffering from addiction, new forms of treatment are gaining national attention. Inpatient rehabilitation of at least 30 days is often the best way to stop the process and help the addict begin a new life of sobriety. Don’t let addictions to Oxycontin or other drugs destroy the life of you or someone you love. Recovery is possible and with help, millions return to fulfilling lives every day. If you or someone you know has a problem with addiction educate yourself and seek help, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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