Oxycontin is an analgesic (pain reliever) that serves as an oral control-release of oxycodone hydrochloride. Used for prescriptions, this drug can provide a rush of euphoria similar to heroin – when abused, individuals may take off the sustained-release portion of the medication and crushed and snorted, chewed, injected and smoked. When taken as prescribed, side effects of Oxycontin may include constipation, nausea, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, dry mouth, sweating, mood changes, loss of appetite, weakness, and more. When taken recreationally, however, things can easily get out of hand.
Irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat, tongue and more, extreme drowsiness, lightheadedness, hives, chest pain, seizures and more are all side effects that can worsen as oxycontin addiction progresses. Large doses of Oxycontin can be extremely dangerous, even leading up to severe respiratory depression – slowed breathing that could potentially lead to death. If you have a loved one who might be addiction to Oxycontin, recognize the signs:
- Depression, irritability, anxiety, euphoria and mood swings
- Lying about the amount used
- “Doctor shopping” or visiting several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions of the drug
- Track marks on the arms or legs
- Financial difficulties, borrowing or stealing money from friends or family
- Not keeping up with responsibilities
- Hiding Oxycontin from others
- Dizziness, itchiness, vomiting, constipation, headaches, sweating, dry mouth, physical tolerance, dozing “in and out”
- Paranoia, delusions, worsened emotional health, increased symptoms of mental illness
If you or a loved one are struggling with Oxycontin addiction, the first step is to seek help. Treatment may involve detoxification, a natural healing process in which the body dispels all of the toxins that it’s acquired from drug use. Non-addictive medication may be prescribed to you, and from there you can undergo treatment to help you develop the tools you need to better cope with uncomfortable emotions and life circumstances. This may involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a variety of other approaches. Recovery is possible, and you are not alone.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.