Oxycontin Addiction Treatment
Sprout Health Arizona’s Treatment For OxyContin Addiction
Oxycontin, also known as Oxy, is a medication designed to slowly release pain relief throughout the day. It contains a high dosage of oxycodone, which is an opiate created from the poppy plant
Most users swallow the pill like normal; however, some might chew it, crush and snort it or melt it in water to create a liquid form.
In 2011, it generated almost $3 billion in sales and has contributed to hundreds of deaths. Oxycontin itself is extremely addictive due the opioid content, but when mixed with other drugs, can cause overdose symptoms and death.
When taken as directed, Oxycontin is a time-released medication that will take no more than two pills a day to provide pain relief throughout the entire day; however, due to the massive numbers of pills prescribed, it has become a recreational and extremely dangerous drug.
Like all opiates, Oxycontin works to block our brain’s natural release of pleasure receptors. Over time, the brain will be used to the substance producing the pleasure receptor that it will decrease or stop production altogether. Prolonged use of it causes tolerance and dependence, which is the beginning of addiction.
The effects associated with Oxycontin abuse include:
- Pain in the head
- Dry mouth
- Cold flashes
- Upset stomach
- Throwing up
- Feeling relaxed or tired
- Difficulty breathing
- Physical or psychological dependence
- Muscle, joint or bone pain
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Inability to stop fidgeting
- Risk of Death
Oxycontin abuse and addiction can be treated at the Sprout Health Arizona facility through detox and various therapeutic modalities. During the detox process, because the withdrawal symptoms may be severe, we will provide medication to help ease those symptoms. We will also closely monitor your nutrition level and mental well-being.
One the detox process is complete, we will commence with our therapies. One of our most effective therapies, the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, helps our patients acknowledge their maladaptive behaviors and learn the necessary tools to combat them. We also teach our patients coping skills to help them control their addictive urges.
Sprout Health Arizona highly recommends our patients to attend group therapy sessions as well as support groups during and after their treatment. It is extremely important to have a support system in place to lean on during the long road to recovery.