Oxycodone is a prescription pain medication, which is commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain. Available in the form of tablets in varied strengths, the medication works by changing the way an individual’s brain responds to pain. When used correctly and under medical supervision, Oxycodone can act as a powerful tool against chronic pain. However, Oxycodone – like every other opioid – is also highly addictive, resulting in an increasing need for Oxycodone detox centers and addiction treatment centers.
Merely because a drug is manufactured in a lab under strict regulations, prescribed by a medical professional and available at a pharmacist counter doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. Oxycodone is a popular drug of abuse, and has contributed significantly to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths in the United States.
Sovereign Health provides Oxycodone addiction treatment for teen and adults patients across the U.S. Our staff uses evidence-based and holistic modalities to help patients overcome their addiction. In addition, we provide comprehensive treatment in several forms for issues such as mental illnesses, trauma and eating disorders that may be contributing to the addiction.
Like other opioids, Oxycodone is abused because it can create a sense of euphoria in users. Oxycodone can also cause very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when users stop taking it after prolonged use, creating situations where people abuse the drug simply to avoid withdrawal symptoms rather than turning to Oxycodone rehab.
Oxycodone is commonly prescribed in the form of time-release pills. One of the drug’s main marketing points is its ability to release its active ingredients over a 12-hour period. For a more powerful high, some users grind the pills into a powder and inject or snort the powder. This is very dangerous, as sudden, large doses of Oxycodone can be fatal.
Some of the common symptoms of Oxycodone abuse are:
- Heart failure
- Irregular breathing or slowed breathing
- Changes in personality, hygiene and daily habits, including withdrawal from friends and family
- Continued use of Oxycodone even after a prescription has expired
- Doctor shopping – visiting multiple doctors to receive more prescriptions for the drug
- Increased usage over a period of time – like other opioids, tolerance to Oxycodone grows over time, requiring larger amounts of the drug to achieve the same effects