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OxyContin Addiction

Oxycontin Addiction on the Rise

Oxycontin is a powerful opiate widely used for pain relief, but the abuse of this medication is a growing problem across the United States. Oxycodone products, including Oxycontin, have become some of the most abused medications in the world. In the last ten years, Oxycontin abuse has soared in many regions of the United States and it has reached epidemic proportions, which has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people. Oxycontin is a powerful and effective pain reliever and has enormous medicinal value, but it is a drug that can be easily abused with fatal consequences.

What is Oxycontin?

The brand Oxycontin is also known as Oxycodone hydro chloride was first developed in 1995. Oxycontin was introduced to provide pain relief for those patients who are in severe pain. Besides pain, Oxycontin was also found to reduce anxiety, cause euphoria, and provide mental relaxation. Oxycontin is used to help to manage the pain caused by the following, injuries, muscle pain, fractures, dislocations, arthritis, back pain, etc.   Oxycontin’s powerful pain-relieving benefits come with a risk, they can easily be misused, abused and even lead to addiction.

Since its introduction in 1995, Oxycontin has been widely misused by people who want to use it to get high. Oxycontin is usually taken orally or injected by turning the pills into a powder.  This eliminates the time release mechanism.  This gives those who abuse the drug an instant sense of euphoria and the effects are like that of Heroin. Because of this powerful high, the mind and the body are changed, and this leads to strong physical cravings for the drug. This ultimately leads to dependency of the drug.

Dangers of Abusing Oxycontin

Oxycontin can result in serious withdrawal side effects that are like withdrawal from Heroin. These side effects can include depression, anxiety, vomiting, perspiration, stomach cramps, insomnia, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. Oxycontin abuse is dangerous because it can result in respiratory depression, which can lead to serious problems with the respiratory system and even death. Oxycontin is also known to increase the risk of hypertension in those individuals with low blood pressure.

Oxycontin should never be used with any other drug and especially alcohol and benzodiazepines. By mixing these there is a danger of serious respiratory depression and this can have potentially devastating consequences.

Seeking Treatment for an Oxycontin Addiction

While Oxycontin addiction is very hard to beat and overcome, there are many effective treatment options that have been medically approved. For users with severe Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms a medical detox treatment, like Suboxone, is strongly recommended. Suboxone reduces the withdrawal symptoms associated with an addiction to Oxycontin dependency, and provide the relief needed to help a patient to complete their treatment. Suboxone is used with other effective addiction treatments aimed at tackling the root cause of addiction such as behavioral counseling and therapy. There are a wide-range of inpatient and outpatient rehab facilities in the country that are certified in treating opiate addictions.

Addiction is a physical condition and a disease and can be treated medically. This is a powerful disease and it can only be treated by experienced doctors. When you receive treatment, you have a much greater chance of overcoming a drug habit. Suboxone is a highly effective treatment for an addiction to a drug such as Oxycontin.