While we are in the midst of an opioid crisis in this country it is important now more than ever to educate yourself and loved ones about prescription drug abuse. This epidemic is taking innocent lives, leaving families brokenhearted. It is costing the country billions of dollars, draining state emergency resources. One of the most abused prescription opioids is oxycodone, a painkiller prescribed to manage moderate or chronic pain. More and more people are in need of oxycodone addiction treatment due to it high risk for dependency once it is taken not as prescribed.
Just behind alcohol, opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, are the top reason for emergency room visits in the U.S. — in fact, a report from the CDC says there was a 30 percent jump in ER visits due to opioid overdose from July 2016 to September 2017. These opioid-related hospital visits are costing Florida alone more than $1 billion, says the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and CDC have released several more startling statistics about the opioid epidemic:
- 2.1 million Americans abuse opioids
- 115 people are losing their lives daily from opioid overdoses
- More people are dying from drug overdose than car accidents
- Overdose deaths involving opioids have quadrupled since 1999
- The U.S. makes up around 4 percent of the world’s population, yet consumes 80 percent of the world’s supply of opioids
- More than 183,000 people died from prescription medication-related overdose from 1999 to 2015. In 2016 alone 42,249 people lost their lives to opioid-related overdose.
If you or a loved one is addicted to painkillers, help is available 24/7 at our oxycodone addiction treatment center. Call to get help now
What is Oxycodone?
As an opioid painkiller, oxycodone is chemically similar to the illicit drug heroin and the prescription painkillers morphine and fentanyl. These highly addictive drugs come from or mimic, the opium poppy, and they work in the brain to release huge amounts of dopamine, which is the body’s natural painkilling agent. With prolonged use, the brain relies on the oxycodone so much that it cannot produce dopamine on its own. At the same time, the brain builds a tolerance against oxycodone, which means taking more and more becomes necessary to get the same high. Oxycodone also slows breathing and heart so combining the drug with another depressant such as alcohol to get a stronger high is incredibly dangerous. Sometimes users modify oxycodone to achieve the high — by chopping and snorting it, for example.
Eventually, a person addicted to oxycodone cannot feel normal without it. Trying to quit results in severe withdrawal symptoms, which often leads a person back to using and the vicious cycle continues.
Withdrawal from oxycodone can be very painful so seeking professional help is recommended. Without the drug, a user will feel anxious, irritable and experience flu-like symptoms, such as:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Stomach cramping
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Runny nose and watery eyes
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Inability to sleep
Signs You Need Oxycodone Addiction Treatment
If you have been abusing oxycodone and have noticed these behaviors, it may be time to consider oxycodone addiction treatment:
- You go to more than one doctor or pharmacy to get oxycodone to avoid running out
- You lie about how much you use to others
- You’re still taking oxycodone, even though your original symptoms have cleared
- You’re having financial problems, or you are having trouble with relationships, at work or at home
- You’ve tried to quit but keep going back to using
- You keep using because you’re afraid of withdrawal
- You’ve stopped doing the things you used to love doing, such as exercise or recreational activities
- You spend more time alone, isolated from others
- You’re having trouble with memory or concentration, or you fall asleep at inappropriate times
- You combine oxycodone with alcohol or another drug, or you modify it to get a faster high
- You’ve stolen medicine from another person or bought it on the street
Opioid Abuse in Florida: What is Happening?
Governor Rick Scott declared the Opioid Epidemic a state emergency in 2017 allowing $54 million to be used to combat key factors contributing to the crisis – growing use, overdose, and the trafficking of illicit opioid drugs, such as heroin, synthetic fentanyl. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 4,728 Floridians died of an overdose death in 2016. Nearly 12 percent of the country’s fatal overdoses occur in Florida.
In 2018, insurance agency Aetna pledged $6 million total to states hit hardest by the epidemic, earmarking $1 million for the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. The money will help with two major projects – transitioning overdose patients from ER rooms to community-based treatment and helping recovery groups gain accreditation so that people in recovery have more support.
Seeking treatment for an oxycodone addiction is critical for many reasons. Most importantly, it can save you from potential overdose or long-term health problems. But another one of the lurking dangers is that many who develop an addiction to prescription drugs like oxycodone, transition to the illicit street drug heroin. Heroin produces a similar high, it’s easier to score and it’s a lot cheaper.
Oxycodone Addiction Treatment in Florida
When you enroll in the oxycodone addiction treatment program at 12 Keys, you’ll receive the best in evidence-based treatments that not only address the addiction but the underlying reasons for the drug abuse. We provide onsite detox to safely and comfortably remove the toxins from your body. We have a caring and dedicated staff helping to manage withdrawal symptoms and they are available around-the-clock.
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Addiction treatment is more than just detox. Our holistic recovery program is designed for total wellness – mind, body, and spirit. You’ll learn about the disease of addiction, how to manage cravings, and how to avoid the triggers that lead to abuse. You’ll begin to understand why addiction became a problem and if you are dealing with any mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, a plan for addressing these will be incorporated into your individual treatment plan. It is imperative to treat both simultaneously to achieve long-term sobriety. Then finally, you’ll begin to return to the person you were before substance abuse took over your life. When your program ends, you’ll join a family of recovering addicts who know what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle, free from the chains of substance abuse.
Don’t let an addiction to oxycodone make your choices for you. Call us now for a free consultation to learn more about our holistic drug recovery program. At 12 Keys, you can find your path to freedom, starting today.