Statistics continue to show that OxyContin is among one of the most popular drugs in the U.S. The CDC says that roughly 15,000 individuals died from overdosing on it and similar prescription medications in 2011. That’s more passings than when you combine cocaine and heroin overdose deaths.
What Exactly Is OxyContin?
OxyContin is also known as oxycodone and is a specific type of pain reliving medication. It is considered an opiate narcotic. It can create a physical dependency when it is used for a long period of time. This means that when you decided to stop using it, you will experience serious withdrawal symptoms. The drug impacts the central nervous system by blocking your pain and causing you to feel excited and joyful. Similar to heroin, OxyContin can be snorted, swallowed or injected. It is often used in patients who are terminally ill or are suffering from a condition that causes chronic pain.
OxyContin Use Signs and Symptoms
Over time, it takes more and more of the drug to achieve the same desired feelings and effects. As the dosage is increased, the user is at a higher risk of overdose as well as death. Other side effects include constipation, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, cold and clammy skin, drowsiness, nausea, loss of consciousness, seizure and coma. Some individuals may experience a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia, which will cause them to suffer from more pain. If a user experienced an allergic reaction to the drug, their face, lips, tongue and throat will begin to swell, they will break out in hives and they will go into respiratory distress. Fatal side effects can occur when other drugs or alcohol are mixed with OxyContin.
Detoxing from OxyContin
The withdrawal symptoms associated with OxyContin can be very severe and painful. They can also be pretty frightening in some situations. They can include severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, agitation, hot and cold flashes, dilated pupils, coughing, diarrhea, insomnia, runny nose and severe chills. Because they can be so severe, it is recommended that medical detox is performed under the care of a medical professional at Shadow Mountain Recovery. We utilize IV therapy, which allows us to manage your withdrawal symptoms as they appear so that we can keep you as comfortable as possible.
After you have got all of the OxyContin out of your system, you can think about how you want to lead the rest of your life. We can help you learn the behaviors necessary to live the remainder of your life drug-free. Rebuilding your life may not be easy, but we can help you build a future that does not involve OxyContin or any other type of prescription drugs. We can help you realize that you have control over the decisions you make in your life and that you have the power to develop new behaviors and habits that will pave the road to a life that is permanently free of drugs.