Opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, are among the most dangerous prescription drugs in the world. They are highly addictive, and they produce tolerance as well as profound physical dependency in those who abuse it and who simply take it as directed. Behind alcohol, opioid painkillers are the top reason for emergency room visits in the U.S. — in fact, the explosion of painkiller abuse is the greatest substance abuse epidemic America has ever seen.
Information About 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. Eventually, a person addicted to oxycodone cannot feel normal without it. Trying to quit results in severe withdrawal symptoms, which often send the user back to drugs.
Oxycodone also slows breathing and heart rate, and combining the drug with another depressant such as alcohol to get a stronger high is extraordinarily dangerous. Sometimes, users modify oxycodone to achieve the high — b chopping and snorting it, for example. Without the drug, a user will feel anxious and irritable. Cravings to use again will set in quickly and grow worse. Severe flu-like symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, chills, congestion, diarrhea and more will last for days, and sometimes longer. Emotionally, depression and anxiety can last for months without treatment.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
If you have been abusing oxycodone and have noticed these symptoms, it may be time to get help. You might be addicted if:
- 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
- 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
Recover From Painkiller Abuse Safely at 12 Keys
When you enroll in the painkiller rehab program at 12 Keys, you’ll benefit from our unique program that addresses all problems associated with addiction — not only the physical symptoms of withdrawal. You’ll learn how to manage cravings and avoid the triggers that lead to abuse. You’ll begin to understand why addiction became a problem. Finally, you’ll begin to unearth the person you were before substance abuse defined your lifestyle. 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, and learn more about our holistic drug recovery program. At 12 Keys, you can find your path to freedom, starting today.