Warning: Oxycontin facts that could prevent addiction. Oxycontin is a synthetic analgesic drug that is similar to morphine mainly prescribed by doctors to treat chronic pain issues but is highly subject to abuse. Nowadays it seems it is easy to come by whether it come from a doctor or it comes from the streets. Many people that have it prescribed to them, simply do not know the consequences of the long time use of this drug. Some Individuals are misled by doctors to believe it is safe to take as long as you take it as prescribed. Over a period of time, your body relies upon and starts to have a physical dependency to the substance.
Oxycontin is at a high risk for abuse that results in a major addiction. If taken for long periods of time and abruptly stopped, it will take your body into withdrawal. Withdrawing is a reaction when the drugs leave your system. Other withdrawals are more dangerous and severe than others. Withdrawal symptoms can include, nausea, vomiting, constipation, sleeplessness and major headaches. A lot of cases of a person withdrawing from Oxycontin or opiates in general have shown that the individual was in their withdrawal so bad that they started to seek other drugs illegally to make the symptoms dissipate or to stop all together. Other cases have shown that Oxycontin use and abuse can escalate to other substances such as heroin, percocets, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl etc. Over time, a lot of people start using opiates with needles for the drugs to work faster and for a major “rush” sensation from injecting directly into their veins. Intravenous use of drugs can result in collapsed veins, respiratory failure, risk of hepatitis or even death.
There are many indicators of opiate abuse. The main signs are noticeable elation/ euphoria, marked sedation/drowsiness, confusion, irritation, agitation, confusion, constricted pupils and the main symptom is intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness.
Many opiates users overdose from ingesting or injecting too much at one time sometimes resulting in death or hospitalization. America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic having heroin and prescription drugs being the overall leading cause of overdoses. Overdoses from opioids, including prescription medication and heroin, have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Because of this epidemic, there are various forms of rehabilitation programs around the U.S. today, that are focusing strictly on this problem. Some of those rehab facilities include forms of treatment such as 12 step, holistic, multimodality, cognitive behavioral therapy, moral recognition therapy and drug replacement therapy, etc. There are many tools at hand for an individual that is struggling to help get their lives back together and be drug free. But be careful of drug replacement therapy such as suboxone or methadone.
The reason being that one hand, you will not experience withdrawal symptoms at first from the original opiates, but you will find you are creating a bigger dependency for yourself. You’ve essentially traded one drug for another, but this time when you decide to detox from the suboxone or methadone, you’re going to experience those withdrawal symptoms for twice as long rather that the initial opiates that were being used or abused before. A lot of times while in a methadone maintenance program or a suboxone clinic, doctors tend to up the milligram dosage over time because the drug eventually stops working for the individual that’s struggling. All in all, it’s just making it harder for the client to come off those opiates because they are on such a high dose.
The best option and most effective way to treat an opiate addiction is to go into a medical detox and be seen by medical staff to assess the problem at hand to properly bring the client off of the opiates. After a full medical detox, the healthier alternative is to go into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program (30 days or longer) to treat any underlying issues as well as start to adjust to a healthy, drug-free, lifestyle.
There are different ways that you can prevent an addiction occurring in your life or even a loved one’s life. One major tip to prevent addiction is to find healthy ways to cope with stress. Such as exercising or finding hobbies outside of school or work so that you can unwind and put your mind at ease. Another way to prevent addiction and to help deal with stress is seek counseling or therapy. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with trying to reach out and talk to a professional to help deal with problems. Theres absolutely nothing wrong with getting some therapy. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you. It’s a great way to take a load off and to help sort out things for yourself. Another is to simply try to maintain a lifestyle that makes you happy. Do things you enjoy! Surround yourself with people that love and encourage you to do the right thing daily. Try to stay away from people that are bad influences or people that are currently using drugs or alcohol. Don’t feel pressured to do something because you think it will make you look cool. It’s rare nowadays that you see someone thinking before they speak or act. Listen to your conscience and realize if you’re in a situation that might lead you down the road of addiction.
Have things in your life that you deeply care about such as family and hobbies. If there is someone in your family that is struggling with addiction, reach out and get them help. Family comes first, don’t be afraid to approach the situation. It will help them in the end and they will thank you down the road. Be aware of any family history that involves substance abuse problems. Family substance abuse issues can be very confusing and you can even feel torn between. But if they’re struggling, ask them if they want help and assist them on getting back into a healthy lifestyle. Educate yourself about drug addiction and be aware of what can happen if lead down that path. Knowledge is power.