Oxycodone is a very strong pain medication that has a high potential for Oxycodone addiction and abuse. It is an opiate-based drug similar to morphine, and is usually prescribed in tablet form for oral use.
Oxycodone has beneficial effects in relieving pain, if it is used as prescribed. However, the user should be carefully monitored by their doctor. Even if Oxycodone is being taken for a good reason, it still can cause addiction. Oxycodone use will eventually lead to increased tolerance levels. If the user feels that the drug is not working well enough, they often will increase the dosage on their own. This is the leading cause of Oxycodone addiction.
Some of the behaviors an addict will display can be strong indicators of Oxycodone addiction. These bizarre behaviors include: using a prescription too quickly, going to different doctors to get prescriptions, or claiming that their prescription was lost or stolen. Other behaviors that indicate an addiction problem involve: stealing, lying, wanting to be alone, mood changes, lack of money and a new set of friends.
Regardless of how or why Oxycodone addiction develops, withdrawal from this drug can be difficult and potentially dangerous. Serious or life-threatening side effects can occur if the drug is suddenly stopped. In most cases, treatment in an inpatient rehab facility will be required in order to safely cleanse the drug from the body. This method of withdrawal, or detoxification, provides direct supervision by professionally trained addiction specialists, who monitor the withdrawal symptoms and provide a much needed support structure for the addict during this trying time.
Following detox, the individual should participate in a residential rehabilitation program. During rehab, a client will undergo counseling, behavior modification training, nutritional guidance and family support services. These programs are designed to help the addict understand the underlying reasons for the addiction and how to avoid having this happen again in the future.
We understand that you have fears or doubts about the detox and rehab process, but if you call now, we can give you all the information you need to help make the decision today to get help for your Oxycodone addiction.