Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone 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 dependence. Treatment is available to help people who are addicted, but it is a process to get oneself or a loved one into care.

What is Oxycodone?

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, it is highly effective at its prescribed use. It is what happens in addition to this short term use that develops into an oxycodone addiction.

As a synthetic opioid, oxycodone has some significant effects on the central nervous system. It 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 drugs 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 drugs to experience a high.

Some opioid 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 addicts 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 Effects of Oxycodone Addiction

Brand Names Containing Oxycodone
  • OxyContin®
  • Percocet®
  • Percodan®
  • Perloxx®
  • Roxicet®
  • Roxicodone®
  • Taxadone®
  • Tylox®
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 and there are preventative measures you can take to reduce risks. Significant changes to the brain's chemistry results in the behaviors of seeking out and using substances 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 these medications contain acetaminophen, which when abused can cause damage to the liver. Another common issue with abusing opioids is severe constipation.

Long term effects of prescription drug abuse can result in developing a tolerance to the drug. As the body builds up a tolerance, more and more 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 overdoses are the number one cause of accidental deaths, beating out traffic accidents.

Long-term oxycodone addicts have been known to continue use of the drug, not to get high, but to avoid experiencing symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal can be very difficult and uncomfortable. It is not considered life-threatening however. The threat comes from increasing doses of drugs to avoid withdrawal. This can lead to a risk of overdose. See the common symptoms of withdrawal from oxycodone*. Another danger is found in obtaining these medications. These drugs can be very expensive on the streets. Addicts have been known to turn to heroin as a cheaper alternative, which can lead to greater problems with dependence and health risks with intravenous injection.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

*Common Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxycodone
  • Anxiety
  • Minor Aches and Pains in Muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Goose Flesh
There are a number of ways to treat an oxycodone addiction. A personalized approach to a 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 Cirque Lodge rehab center, we do this through developing an individualized treatment plan. This plan is based on each resident's specific needs and concerns. The struggles of addicts 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, we incorporate many individual, group, and community based programs. All of these programs are designed for the effective treatment of substance use disorders. To balance out the addiction treatment effort, we provide experiential therapy activities. Experiential therapy is a year-round program of indoor and outdoor activities intended to enhance engagement in overcoming addiction. This effort allows those recovering from prescription drugs to invoke personal and vital spiritual experiences.