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Oxycodone Addiction
Drug Rehab Center

Oxycodone Addiction Help and Treatment Medications containing the ingredient oxycodone are considered highly addictive. Even individuals who are taking them according to the prescribed method can find themselves struggling over time with abuse and with dependence. Treatment is available to help people who are addicted, but it can be a process to get someone into care. We look further oxycodone addiction on this page as well as methods to treat prescription drug abuse. For immediate help, call Cirque Lodge at 1-877-997-3422.

Understanding Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone is a schedule II level of narcotic. It is an opiate based medication used as a cough suppressant and analgesic (pain reliever). To reduce potency of oxycodone it is compounded with other ingredients like aspirin (Percodan and Roxiprin), Acetaminophen (Percocet), and Ibuprofen. Oxycontin is a form of oxycodone medication that is considered highly addictive. When used according to prescription for a short term period, oxycodone is highly effective at its prescribed use. It is what happens in addition to this short term use that develops into an oxycodone addiction.
Brand Names Containing Oxycodone
  • Oxycontin®
  • Percocet®
  • Percodan®
  • Perloxx®
  • Roxicet®
  • Roxicodone®
  • Taxadone®
  • Tylox®

As a synthetic opiate, oxycodone has some significant effects on the central nervous system. Oxycodone attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain increasing the dopamine and the sensation of euphoria. It is this euphoric sensation that leads to addiction of this medication. Over time, the initial euphoria experienced with this drug cannot be matched, due to the building up of a tolerance in the brain and the taxing impact on opioid receptors. This leads to an individual abusing much more of the drug to experience a high.

Many oxycodone based meds have a time release capsulated formula. This prolongs the effects in the body for up to twelve hours. To shorten the time it takes to feel the effects those with oxycodone addictions will crush and snort the capsules or take them intravenously with injection. Increased abuse of oxycodone can be life threatening and can have a number of adverse effects including seizures, heart and respiratory failure.

Long-Term Complications

Pain management medications are typically intended to be a short term solution for the problem. Long-term use greatly increases the risk of developing dependence to the drug and other complications. Significant changes to the brain's chemistry results in the behaviors of seeking out and using the drug in place of regular living habits. Physical effects can also develop with long term use. In men, there can be a decrease in testosterone. Some forms of oxycodone medications contain acetaminophen, which when abused can cause damage to the liver. Another common issue with abusing oxycodone is severe constipation.
*Common Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxycodone
  • Anxiety
  • Minor Aches and Pains in Muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Goose Bumps

Long term effects of oxycodone addiction and abuse can result in developing a tolerance to the drug. As the body builds up a tolerance, more and more of the drug is needed throughout each day to maintain a sense of normalcy. Increased dosages also accelerate the risk of overdosing on the drug and death. In many parts of the United States, prescription drug overdoses are the number one cause of accidental deaths, beating out traffic accidents.

Long term abusers of oxycodone have been known to continue use of the drug, not to get high, but to avoid experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal can be very difficult and uncomfortable. It is not considered life-threatening however. The threat comes from increasing doses of the drug to avoid withdrawal. This can lead to a risk of overdose. See the common symptoms of withdrawal from oxycodone*.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

There are a number of ways to treat an oxycodone addiction. A personalized approach to an addiction treatment program can be quite effective. Every addiction case is different. Treating an individual for their specific addiction needs can help to clarify the struggles and provide proper therapies in this process. At the Cirque Lodge drug rehab center, this is done through developing an individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan is based on each resident's specific needs and addiction issues. Oxycodone can stem from a number of things. Some of the underlying issues can be the purpose behind the continued abuse of the drug. Such issues like previous medical conditions or preexisting disorders can in large part bring about these addictive practices. By personalizing treatment, one can come to terms with these underlying issues in a private setting.

To provide a complete drug rehab and recovery experience, Cirque Lodge incorporates many individual, group, and community based programs. All of these programs are designed for the effective treatment of the disease of addiction. To balance out each treatment day we provide experiential therapy activities. Experiential therapy is a year-round program of indoor and outdoor activities intended to enhance engagement in addiction treatment. A focus of experiential therapy is to allow those recovering from prescription drug addiction with vital spiritual experiences to invoke the change within them. Experiential therapy is just a portion of the overall recovery experience at the Cirque Lodge drug rehab center.