Oxycodone (the primary active ingredient is OxyContin) was originally developed by a German pharmaceutical company as a “less euphoric” alternative to heroin. The intent was to provide a drug with many of the positive and therapeutic benefits of heroin and morphine, but less of the euphoric effects that led heroin and morphine to be widely abused. OxyContin is the highest profile and most recognizable oxycodone-based medication. It derives its name from manufacturer Purdue Pharma’s intention to create an oxycodone-based drug that would continuously release over the course of several hours. This “continuous” release was intended to prevent users from abusing the drug while maximizing its narcotic painkiller properties.
Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction
- Mood Swings – A user may be passive and withdrawn one minute and angry or hostile the next.
- Personality Changes – A normally content or well-adjusted person becomes depressed and/or uncommunicative.
- Defensiveness – Blaming or claiming to be persecuted or victimized.
- Heightened Emotions – Bouts of manic happiness and extreme depression or hostility.
- Strained Communication – Unwillingness or inability to discuss important issues or concerns.
- Withdrawal from Family Activities – Refusing to eat at family meals, participating in celebrations or holidays, or making any adjustments to family life.
- Lack of Self-Discipline – Not participating in the usual routines and activities that the addicted individual once regularly partook in.
- Anxious Behavior – Chronic jittery, jerky, or uneven movements, fearfulness, compulsiveness, and talkativeness.
OxyContin and Alcohol
The men and women who arrive here in Southern California to receive rehab treatment from us after becoming addicted to OxyContin might have only experimented with alcohol prior to their OxyContin addiction. These adults may have used alcohol responsibly for most of their lives, but the combination of alcohol and OxyContin heightens the effect and is exponentially more dangerous than using either drug alone. This is one of the reasons that accidental prescription drug deaths are on the rise.
Individualized Treatment Programs
Our addiction treatment experts know the special challenges OxyContin users bring to our drug treatment center in Newport Beach, CA. The treatment program at our drug treatment center will be personalized to the needs of the OxyContin-addicted individual. We find that the user is often in denial of the addiction and the harm that it is causing themselves and their loved ones. We have also found that the OxyContin-addicted person will benefit from a medically assisted or drug detoxification process.
Also, we have found that the 12 Step-based recovery program we utilize for alcoholic drinkers and illicit drug abusers will also benefit those who are chemically dependent on OxyContin. Many recovering oxycodone-dependent individuals will be tempted to relapse, and may suffer from depression in their early abstinence. Our treatment team is highly trained in identifying developing complications during treatment and can effectively address those complications as they arise.
Detoxification and Early Abstinence
A safe and rapid opiate detoxification process like the one offered at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Newport Beach can assist with the withdrawal and pain of detoxing from OxyContin use. Medical developments have led to our implementation of a Suboxone detox, which offers one of the most painless detoxifications from OxyContin possible. Suboxone is a brand name for an opioid receptor blocker called buprenorphine, which is also ingestable in tablet form during the first few months of oxycodone abstinence.
The acute withdrawal phase is often followed by a protracted phase of depression and insomnia that can last for months. At our treatment center here in Southern California, the recovering OxyContin user is guided supportively through the program of recovery in order to overcome their psychological addiction while simultaneously reducing their level of physical addiction.
The overarching goal for each Sober Living by the Sea center is to help clients achieve the healthy, sober lives they deserve. The Landing, The Rose, and Sunrise Recovery Ranch all supply the time-tested and proven effective care adults need to recover from an addiction to OxyContin, and each of these centers is fully committed to assisting clients in their pursuits of drug-free futures. Regardless of which center an individual chooses to begin the road to recovery, he or she will receive the individualized treatment that will enable him or her to both reach and exceed his or her goals while in our care. Additionally, these centers all provide step-down levels of care that can enhance clients’ treatment experiences, and allow them to develop the confidence and skills to successfully manage their sobriety for a lifetime.
Staff at The Landing, The Rose, and Sunrise Recovery Ranch is currently standing by to answer any questions that you or a loved one may have, and can help you determine if a Sober Living by the Sea provider is where you or a person you care about can conquer an addiction to OxyContin, another substance, and co-occurring mental health condition. Let us help you realize that recovery is possible, and that a healthier life, free from OxyContin abuse, is within your grasp.