Oxycodone Addiction: An Infectious Disease

A Close Look At Oxycodone

Oxycodone Addiction

When the central nervous system of person experiences pain due to ailments like arthritis, fractures, or even during labor, doctors prescribe certain prescription drugs to help minimize the pain. In many cases, prescription painkillers are also prescribed to those suffering from serious diseases like Cancer.

These prescription drugs are narcotic in nature: for example, drugs like Vicodin, Morphine, etc. Similarly, Oxycodone, which is a Schedule II drug, is prescribed in cases where patients suffer from severe pain disorders. Oxycodone depresses the central nervous system of a patient which helps lower his or her pain.

A prescription drug, which is actually used as a powerful painkiller, Oxycodone can alter moods in a person who uses the drug. Although it is a prescribed drug, possessing Oxycodone by illegal means is a criminal offence that leads to prosecution. However, in the last ten years its popularity among drug addicts has increased significantly and so has Oxycodone’s illegal use and subsequent abuse.

Apart from pain, Oxycodone also acts as a cough suppressant and helps arrest anxiety. Oxycodone leads to euphoria and assists in mental relaxation. Patients who have taken this drug for these purposes have reported suffering from constipation. Oxycodone is highly potent and people suffer from serious side effects, if addicted to it. Medically and legally every effort is made to monitor the prescription of this painkiller through qualified practitioners.

Patients who are prescribed Oxycodone are assessed continuously for side effects as well as relief from pain. Based on assessments and clinical judgment, necessary adjustments are made by the doctor regarding continuity with the drug. Being a prescribed and controlled drug, Oxycodone can only be legally obtained through a prescription. In our country most doctors frequently prescribe Oxycodone to patients who seek painkillers to get relief from severe pain.

There are several side effects associated with Oxycodone usage in its prescribed form. Many patients have reported side effects like sweating profusely, nausea and headache, dry mouth, etc. Some have even experienced other symptoms that are severe in nature like labored breathing, coma, feeling dizzy, and even seizures.

Oxycodone is available under different brand names like Oxycontin, which is the most common name, Percocet, Tylox, and Percodan. Today, because of its highly addictive properties many blatantly abuse Oxycodone. Repeated intake of Oxycodone leads to Oxycodone tolerances.  In such cases people who are addicted to this drug require higher doses. Drug addicts who take this drug more commonly refer to it as ‘Oxy’ and sometimes as ‘hillbilly heroin.’ These are the popular names of Oxycodone in alleys frequented by addicts.

Oxycodone Abuse

It is a matter of concern that in the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in Oxycodone addiction. Statistics state that within the US its usage has increased up to 300%. Equally alarming is the number of Oxycodone addicts seeking emergency treatment, which has shot up to 500%.

It has been observed that people who have been actually prescribed with it have abused Oxycodone. Normally they start with the prescribed dosage, but since this drug is highly addictive its usage goes out of control.

Oxycodone Abuse

It is a matter of concern that in the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in Oxycodone addiction. Statistics state that within the US its usage has increased up to 300%. Equally alarming is the number of Oxycodone addicts seeking emergency treatment, which has shot up to 500%.

It has been observed that people who have been actually prescribed with it have abused Oxycodone. Normally they start with the prescribed dosage, but since this drug is highly addictive its usage goes out of control.

Gradually, they become tolerant to the prescribed dosage and fail to get the same effects, and because of this they start taking higher doses. Taking higher doses not only gives pain relief but also enhances the feeling of euphoria and also helps prevent the withdrawal symptoms that they have been experiencing.

Using Oxycodone in a way that is different from its prescribed form leads to addiction. Once this Oxycodone is abused, it leads to dependence and the person continues to abuse Oxys despite knowing that the consequences would be fatal or irreversible. If at this stage usage is stopped the body experiences severe withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, and cramping of the muscles in the legs.

Oxycodone abusers take the drug in the pill form or snort it after crushing the pill. Some abusers even melt this drug in water and then inject themselves. Oxycodone in its pill form acts as a slow time-released pain reliever. However, when higher doses are taken through snorting or injections, an equally large amount enters the system instantly providing an intense high. This also puts the abuser at a risk of an Oxycodone overdose.

Addicts find this drug attractive as well as convenient, since it can be taken in oral form also. Being a time-released drug, it is considered to be safer than other drugs. Once people become addicts they can go to any length to have it. Some even produce phony prescriptions while there are others who wouldn’t even hesitate to steal from medicine stores even at the risk of getting caught.

People from all age groups are getting afflicted with Oxycodone addiction. Till a few years back it was those white-collared professionals who were popping pills but today Oxycodone addiction

has touched people irrespective of age, gender, or profession. However, to our surprise it is mostly men in the age group of 10 to 40 years who are addicted to Oxycodone.

Oxycodone addiction leads to severe side effects and it is very difficult to recover from this addiction. This is because an Oxycodone addict becomes both mentally and physically addicted. Oxycodone acts as a central nervous system depressant, it stimulates the brain and the person experiences intense pleasure. It starts with an intense high and then goes on to provide relaxation and satisfaction which lasts for many hours. This affects the respiratory system and leads to labored breathing, forcing the person to slow down. This can turn out to be really fatal.

Oxycodone Treatment

Treatment for Oxycodone addiction usually focuses on its psychological aspect and the withdrawal symptoms. However, in most cases this form of treatment had not been that effective. As such nowadays the Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) method is applied to help people recover from Oxycodone addiction. This is a new way of treating this addiction or rather an infectious disease, and medical techniques are used for the purpose. Oxycodone addicts who have been treated through this method have shown a marked improvement in their condition.

The Importance of Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

The importance of Oxycodone addiction treatment is understandable for a person who is an Oxycodone addict. However, it is his/her realization of the fact that he or she needs to get help at the earliest which is more important. Every type of addiction carries with it the risk of death or an irreversible disease, and Oxycodone addiction is no exception.

If your loved one is in need of Oxycodone Addiction Treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.