Oxycontin Addiction

oxycontin addiction

Prescription drug abuse and addiction may be more socially acceptable than addiction to hard drugs, but it is just as dangerous, if not more so. Northbound can help you detox safely and learn to live life free from addiction.

What is Oxycontin?

OxyContin is a powerful opioid pain reliever, used in the treatment of chronic and severe pain. The generic formulation is called oxycodone, though OxyContin is a longer-lasting formulation of this active ingredient. Highly controlled, OxyContin has become a popular drug for recreational use (and abuse) because of its mood altering effects.

What are the Effects of Oxycontin Addiction?

Like most opioids and narcotics—especially prescription version s—addiction may begin with tolerance to the drug. A user may need larger or more frequent doses of the drug to achieve the same effects the drug had in the beginning.  It may be hard to realize what has happened until he or she is in the grips of the addiction, thinking only of what must be done to secure more of the drug. Oxycontin addicts often withdraw from previously enjoyed activities and become secretive or antisocial. They may exhibit mood swings and begin to have difficulties at work or in school. It is also not unusual for addicts to have financial difficulties, prompting them to borrow or steal money from friends and family.

The physical signs of OxyContin abuse mirror those of addiction to opiates and narcotics. Impaired coordination, difficulty sleeping and slurred speech are associated with frequent use, including changes in eating habits and significant weight loss or gain. Prolonged use can lead to seizures, cardiac and respiratory complications, hallucinations, anxiety and memory loss. Sadly, many OxyContin addicts suffer from anhedonia, a state of depression in which it becomes  difficult to find any enjoyment in activities and sensations other than the drug-induced high.

Treatment and Recovery from Oxycontin Addiction

Withdrawal from OxyContin addiction can difficult and dangerous, and it should take place under the care of experienced medical professionals. At Northbound Treatment Services, detoxification and stabilization take place in our specialized oneEighty detox program, where clients receive round-the-clock medical supervision in a safe, comfortable setting.

We understand the complex interplay between substance abuse and co-occurring mental illnesses, and we recognize that effective treatment of one often requires concurrent treatment of the other. That’s why every individual who enters rehab at Northbound begins with a full clinical assessment. Our experienced staff then created a customized treatment plan that takes into account the needs of the client, providing the best possible path to a full and sustained recovery.

Located in beautiful coastal California, Northbound offers a full continuum of care. We attend to our clients’ physical, mental and spiritual health with a wide variety of programs and therapies, from our single-gender CORE program to our Christian LINKS program and emphasis on experiential therapy. With a fully developed transitional and aftercare program, we give our clients the life skills and network of support they need to achieve long-term sobriety.

Get Treatment for Oxycontin Addiction at Northbound

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to OxyContin, don’t wait; call Northbound, immediately. Our experienced counselors are available, day or night, to answer your questions and help you take the first step towards a healthy and sober life.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.