Oxycontin is the brand name for oxycodone, a powerful opioid most often prescribed for pain relief. Derived from the naturally occurring opiate opiate, Oxycontin is a highly addictive controlled medication that causes a strong opioid high. Users experience fatigue, extreme euphoria, hunger inhibition, and relaxation. The withdrawal pains of Oxycontin may seem unbearable to the individual, often resulting in relapse without sufficient medical attention. As with other prescription painkillers, its popularity is rapidly growing, especially among teenagers and those living in rural areas.
Sometimes referred to as “hillbilly heroin,” Oxycontin is very similar to heroin in effects produced. Many users begin using Oxycontin as a result of a major injury. After a serious accident or surgery, a person may be prescribed Oxycontin by the doctor. Taken at the prescribed dose, it is not drug abuse, although the prescribed dose may cause a slightly altered state of mind. Users may begin to take a bit more than prescription with the intention of achieving a high, and this is where it turns into abuse. From this point, the user builds tolerance and requires more and more to get high. As Oxycontin is expensive, addicts sometimes turn to heroin as it is cheaper and produces a similar euphoric high. Oxycontin is a seriously addictive drug, and as addiction develops, the user’s life completely changes. Oxycontin addicts often go to extreme measures in order to achieve a high, as the withdrawal symptoms are brutally painful.
The first step of Oxycontin rehab is a detoxification facility. Without medical detox, Oxycontin withdrawal can produce nausea, fever, cold sweats, muscle pain, and depression. In a detox facility, the addict may be given medications such as Suboxone or Subutex in order to ease withdrawal symptoms. Doctors monitor the patient and provide the most comfortable detox procedure possible.
After detox, the addict should seek a treatment center for the next step of their Oxycontin rehab. There are inpatient and outpatient treatment centers that provide psychotherapy sessions both in individual settings, group settings, and with the family. Some treatment centers also encourage participation in a twelve step program such as Narcotics Anonymous. Therapists and counselors offer therapeutic support and relapse prevention techniques, and the trained staff are able to provide their experience of recovering from drug addiction. Inpatient treatment centers require the individual to be a resident of the facility, relieving them of negative environments and possible triggers. Outpatient treatment centers allow the client to go home at night, but also are not as controlled in general because of that.
The final and ongoing part of Oxycontin rehabilitation is to find a form of continuing care. Some may choose a sober living house, in which they can live in a drug-free environment with sober peers. Twelve step meetings have proven to be helpful to many, as has ongoing individual therapy. Everybody is different, but it is agreed upon by most experts that continual care is the best way to ensure long term sobriety. There are many options available from residential treatment centers to halfway houses, and it is important you find the plan that is safest for you.