OxyContin is the time-released version of oxycodone. It is a semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat severe pain, for illnesses like cancer or to recover from critical injuries. However, the strength of the drug can lead to an individual developing a tolerance for it, especially when taken outside of a prescription.


Dangers of OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin is known for being highly addictive. Even if an individual does not get addicted to the drug, it can still cause problematic side effects. Some side effects can be:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dimness of vision
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal pain

Any or all of the above symptoms may be present in the case of an OxyContin overdose, plus hypotension and circulatory arrest. There is also the potential of death with an overdose. And the risk of overdose increases substantially among those individuals who have developed a dependency on the drug. Therefore it is imperative that an individual seeks the help of qualified professionals when they want to quit taking OxyContin.


Treatment Options

Due to the fact that it is very addictive, OxyContin can be a tough drug to quit, once the individual has developed a dependency on it. Fortunately, there are treatment facilities that focus on OxyContin addiction treatment.

As a first step, the physical withdrawal symptoms of quitting OxyContin are treated, or the individual may relapse. Withdrawal symptoms of the drug can include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Panic attacks

It is never recommended to abruptly stop taking OxyContin, since the physical withdrawal symptoms experienced by the individual will be very severe, and it will be almost impossible for them to not relapse. Because of this, most treatment facilities recommend the tapering method, which involves cutting back on the dosage of OxyContin slowly, over a period of time. The individual may also be put on different medications to lessen the effect of the withdrawal symptoms.

Additionally, individuals going through treatment for OxyContin addiction should also look into psychological counseling, since it is probable that the individual has mental health issues like depression or bipolar disorder, which is what led them to abuse the drug in the first place. Once the drug has been eliminated from the body, then the individual is better equipped to deal with the underlying mental issues.

Aftercare is also an important component of recovery, and individuals are encouraged to continue one on one therapy or group counseling. This is the best way to avoid relapsing and remain on the path to recovery.

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