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Oxycontin Addiction

Addiction Oxycontin is Serious and Life-Threatening

Oxycontin is one of the drugs in the opioid class of prescription painkiller drugs. It works by preventing certain chemicals in your brain from being released. Blocking these chemicals does an effective job of relieving pain. Pain relief is not the drug’s only effect. For many people, using Oxycontin also puts your brain in a euphoric state, giving you a sense of general well-being.

Oxycontin abuse and addiction may endanger your life. The United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2011 that there was a worsening “epidemic” of overdose deaths associated with opioid (opiate) medication such as Oxycontin. Opioids were “involved in 14,800 deaths (73.8%) of 20,044 prescription drug overdoses” reported in one of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports.

Quitting by Yourself Can be Dangerous

Quitting Oxycontin on your own is difficult and may be dangerous. Detoxification (detox) is the process of eliminating Oxycontin from your system. You may have already tried to detox on your own and failed. Withdrawal symptoms include agitation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, flu-like symptoms, vomiting and nausea. But it can be even worse. Depending on the amount of time you used, how often and how much, how healthy you were before using and how much damage Oxycontin has done to your body, you may also be at risk for cardiac arrest (your heart actually stopping), psychotic episodes and seizures.

Withdrawing without professional assistance is uncomfortable at best, and dangerous at worst.  Letting our team of addiction specialists guide you through the detox and treatment process will be more comfortable, pose less danger to your health, and begin healing the damage done to your body by Oxycontin. You will finally have the tools available that you need to succeed in overcoming your addiction.

Our Team of Specialists Can Help

Our initial intake process will assess your state of health and the depth of your drug addiction (how often, how much, how long). During the first three or four days of your detox, your private physician will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. If appropriate, FDA approved medication may be used to ease your withdrawal symptoms. Another way to ease your discomfort can be through acupuncture, which has been proven to be effective during the detox process. Acupuncture treatments may continue after detox to help heal the damage Oxycontin has done to your body, help you sleep and reduce your anxiety.

As our team gets to know you, they will begin to create a personalized treatment plan and choose the psychotherapist who will work closely with you during your time at Cliffside. Your personal therapist will oversee your individualized treatment plan, pay close attention to which therapies and treatments are benefiting you most, and continually adjust your plan to meet your changing needs. Your therapist will meet with you one-on-one, almost daily, to help uncover the factors that led to your addiction and devise coping strategies you can use to maintain a drug-free life when you have completed treatment.

Cliffside Malibu’s world-class gourmet chefs prepare delicious meals using the freshest ingredients available. Our nutritionists work with the chefs to make certain the meals contain ingredients that help restore your health.

Your personalized treatment plan may also include equine-assisted therapy, yoga, therapeutic massage, exercise with a personal trainer, meditation, or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Many of our clients say that the treatment they received at Cliffside Malibu not only helped them regain their health and free them of their addiction, but helped them to live a fuller life than before they began using Oxycontin.


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