OxyContin is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It is generally prescribed for conditions that require long-lasting relief, such as arthritis, cancer, and injuries, according to WebMD. What distinguishes OxyContin from other prescription pain-relievers is its time-release formula that provides up to 12 hours of relief with one dosage, a highly effective form of pain management for those with chronic pain. Like other prescription painkillers, OxyContin has a high potential for addiction, though, due to its pleasant physical effects in the short-term.
Going through detox for any substance comes with its share of anxiety, including worries about physical pain and psychological cravings. As a painkiller, though, OxyContin has an especially difficult detoxification process. When you want to end your dependence on OxyContin, you must first remove the drug from your system and that requires a period of adjustment for the body. Due to the fact OxyContin effects pain levels, you should anticipate some pain during detox.
The pain during OxyContin detox does not have to run rampant, though. Under the care of qualified medical staff, the pain involved in the detox process from a prescription painkiller, such as OxyContin, can be kept well under control, which helps ensure the process is a successful one.
OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms
OxyContin, a brand name for the opioid oxycodone, has the same withdrawal symptoms as other legal and illegal opiates, according to The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. Along with the pain relief that it provides, and for which it is usually prescribed, opioid substances also have the ability to reduce a user’s anxiety and create a sense of euphoria at high dosages, which turns prescription painkillers like OxyContin into recreational drugs for some people.
Like with other painkillers, the use of OxyContin creates a tolerance in the body that makes a user need more and more of the substance over time to get the same effect. Due to the fact that it regulates pain, when users stop taking OxyContin, they may notice existing pain, which can be extreme in the absence of the drug. The amount of pain you can expect to feel depends on several factors, including the length and quantity of the drug’s use.
Early Symptoms Of OxyContin Withdrawal Include:
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal occur in two stages – early and late. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, first symptoms begin within 12 to 30 hours of last exposure to the substance.
- Muscle pain
- Anxiety and agitation
- Excess tearing
- Runny nose
- Insomnia and yawning
Late Symptoms Of OxyContin Withdrawal Include:
- Nausea,abdominal cramping and vomiting
- Goose bumps
- Dilated pupils
Detoxing On Your Own From OxyContin
OxyContin can create a physical dependence within one week, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin. With extended use, the drug has a negative effect on the body’s natural endorphins, which regulate stress, anxiety and pain. Due to this, the body becomes less effective at relieving pain during the detox process than at any other time. The threat of this pain is a main deterrent for those seeking treatment for addictions to prescription painkillers.
Physical pain should be expected during the detox process, and you should expect it to be severe. It is this level of pain that makes detoxing nearly impossible for most opioid abusers to get through on their own. Without intervention, the desire to use will be strong, since OxyContin will be one way of eliminating the pain you are experiencing.
The nausea and vomiting associated with detoxing from opioids, such as OxyContin, will also make it difficult for you to eat and drink. Even if you can force yourself to take in food, you may not be able to keep that food down, which makes the risk of dehydration high during the detoxification process. This dehydration will make you more uncomfortable, and, if it continues for too long or becomes severe, it can be a serious danger to your health, even life-threatening.
There is no rational reason to attempt detoxing from a severe OxyContin addiction on your own. It puts your wellbeing at stake, and makes you go through pain that you do not have to go through to end your addiction. Detoxing under the care of a trained staff is always the better option.
Inpatient OxyContin Detox in a Rehab Setting
At Cliffside Malibu, our number one goal with inpatient detox is to get you through the experience with as little pain as possible. We use a personalized approach to each client’s care with physicians who work with you directly to develop a program that will break your addiction to OxyContin and any other substances to which you may be addicted when you come in for treatment.
Like its fellow opioids, the abuse of OxyContin is most effectively stopped by slowly weaning off the substance. Since this method proves most successful, OxyContin may replaced by the controlled, short-term use of methadone to minimize pain and cravings. Additional medications that help control the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal, such as the stomach cramping, nausea and muscle pain, may also be used during detox to keep you comfortable and help you eat.
If your addiction is especially severe, we also have an anesthetic detox process that puts you into an unconscious state for a limited period so that you will sleep through the most severe of the detox symptoms.
Due to the almost immediate physical dependence it causes in the body, and to the fact that it provides both pain- and stress-relief, OxyContin can be particularly difficult to stop using. The sooner you recognize your addiction and start the detox process, the easier the process will be.
Our OxyContin detox process is designed to be a comfortable, effective step on your road to full recovery from addiction. By helping you eliminate your physical dependence on the prescription painkiller, we know that we are setting you on the road to successful rehabilitation and recovery, which will lead you in the direction of a drug-free life.