Do I Have an Oxycodone Addiction?
According to Healthline, Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It can be used short term or long term, depending on your condition. It is an opioid oral tablet and is better known by its other generic brand names, including Oxaydo, Roxicodone, Roxybond, and OxyContin. It is available in five forms, and since it is an opioid medication, it can be very easy to form an Oxycodone addiction. If you feel as if you may be forming an addiction to Oxycodone, make sure you are aware of the signs, symptoms and when it’s time to get help.
Oxycodone Addiction Warning Signs
Oxycodone can be a very helpful tool for many people experiencing pain. Oxycodone actually binds to opioid receptors, cutting off communication between the brain and the pain point, essentially tricking the brain into not knowing it is in pain. This brings much-needed relief to people who are in surgery recovery or have just experienced another type of painful injury.
Even when people are well-intentioned with their use of Oxycodone and are under medical supervision, an Oxycodone addiction may form. That is why it is so important to pay attention to all the warning signs and get help when you need it.
The physical symptoms of an Oxycodone addiction are similar to other opioid addictions. Some of these include:
- Slowed breathing
- Dilated pupils
- Runny nose
- Uncontrollable yawning
- Nausea and vomiting, with accompanying weight loss or gain
- Muscle aches
Ask Yourself These Questions
If you are trying to determine whether or not you are suffering from an Oxycodone addiction and might need help, ask yourself these five questions. If you answer “yes” to most or all of them, it is time to get help.
- Can I stop or control my use? One of the hallmarks of addiction is not being able to slow or control use, no matter how hard you try. Cravings grow to be too great and you end up giving in, even if you didn’t want to or promised yourself you wouldn’t.
- Do I have multiple doctors and/or multiple pharmacies? Taking more than the prescribed dosage is a sign of addiction, as is having multiple doctors and pharmacies to fill those prescriptions.
- Have I bought Oxycodone illegally? If you have found alternative ways to obtain Oxycodone other than from your doctor, chances are, you are suffering from an Oxycodone addiction.
- Is Oxycodone getting in the way of my life? If you have lost sight of your priorities, stopped caring about your responsibilities, are high at inappropriate times of the day or have other ways that Oxycodone is getting in the way of your life, you need to get help soon.
- Do I hide my use? If you are finding yourself isolating from loved ones, are hiding or denying your use, or are defending your use when confronted, it is time to listen to them and get the help you need.
Dangers of an Oxycodone Addiction
The sooner you are able to get help for your Oxycodone addiction, the better the chances you have at long-term recovery. Since Oxycodone is an opioid, it is a system depressant. Overdoses are common and likely. When too much is taken, the body becomes extremely depressed to the point where breathing is slowed to a halt. The body “forgets” how to do its simple, natural functions, such as breathing and beating the heart.
When to Get Help
When patients start taking Oxycodone, even well-intentioned and when legitimately prescribed by a doctor, they are running the risk of having an Oxycodone addiction. This is because tolerance builds once it is taken, causing the body to become dependent on it. That is why all people need to be slowly weaned off of opioid medications. However, some people become addicted at this point.
If you are reading this and relating to most or all of it, it is important that you get help as soon as possible. The sooner you get help, the sooner you are able to stop addiction in its tracks. There are many options available for treatment, including individualized treatment plans and medicated-assisted detox, so give our admissions specialists a call to find out how you can get started.
About Cliffside Malibu
Even though Oxycodone addiction can be fatal, it is a condition that can be helped. If you act swiftly, listen to concerned loved ones and watch out for the signs of addiction, you can live a life free of an Oxycodone addiction. We work with most insurance companies and are in-network with Anthem, so we can help negotiate the best care for you.
Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for each and every client. We are committed to providing the best care possible through.a continuum of care including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program includes not only evidence-based therapy but family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are designed and structured to be a supportive environment in order to maintain sobriety.
In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, to meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.
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