Oxycontin Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction is a leading public health concern of our time, and prescription drugs like OxyContin are at the forefront of the problem. The “opioid epidemic,” as the issue has been dubbed, accounted for nearly 20,000 deaths in 2016 — just a little less than a third of all drug-related deaths combined in that year. Opioids are incredibly dangerous because they are most commonly used and abused as prescription drugs. This often leads people into addiction without an intention to use the drug recreationally, and also makes high-potency opioids readily available. OxyContin — the brand name of the opioid oxycodone — is a prescription painkiller often given to patients after surgeries and significant injuries or for chronic pain conditions like cancer. It is a widely abused prescription opioid that is all too easily accessible as prescriptions are renewed, or extra pills are shared among friends and family.

Unfortunately, this casual and even accidental fall into dependency leads many people addicted to OxyContin to try self-treatment rather than seek professional help. Choosing to go “cold turkey” rarely works, and the results can be physically and psychologically damaging. Many symptoms common to OxyContin abuse can magnify and become much more difficult to cope with, sometimes resulting in life-threatening situations. At Oceanfront Recovery, we can help you find relief from the endless cycle of opioid and OxyContin addiction.

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Oxycontin Effects

OxyContin works similarly in the brain to opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. It slows down and dampens the central nervous system, which makes it an effective pain reliever that is usually accompanied by a pleasant, sleepy sensation. But with long-term use or abuse, this dampening effect can cause long-lasting changes in brain chemistry and can have dangerous results while high. As your body becomes accustomed to using OxyContin, your brain’s natural pain relief and happiness pathways become weak and you can experience many negative sensations in between doses.

Some of the most common symptoms of OxyContin abuse include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue

When you are using OxyContin, the slowing of your nervous system has effects beyond your brain. If too much OxyContin is taken, addicts can find themselves with slow heart rates, shallow breathing and seizures that can result in respiratory arrest, coma or even death.

Developing an OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin is recognized in the addiction treatment community for its ability to quickly get a hold of those who use it. Tolerance to opioids develops very fast — you will need to start using more of the drug to achieve the same high within just a few uses. This, combined with the symptoms that occur between highs, leads to powerful cravings that wreak havoc on users’ nervous systems and states of mind. Many users suddenly find themselves doing things to access drugs that they would never have considered before they used OxyContin, such as stealing from friends or family or seeking extra prescriptions from multiple doctors.

At Oceanfront Recovery, we welcome those who have become addicted to OxyContin through recreational use or by mistake. If your prescription for OxyContin led to you a place you never thought you would go, we are here to help; and the same is true for those who experimented with painkillers for fun but became caught up in seeking their next high. Studies show that those who abuse prescription opioids have a significantly higher chance of turning to cheaper street drugs like heroin when their supply runs out. It is important to seek help for your addiction as soon as you realize you need it to avoid dangerous consequences like an overdose or other drug use. Oceanfront Recovery is here to help you overcome your addiction before it progresses any further.

OxyContin Treatment in Orange County with Oceanfront Recovery

Because we realize breaking free of OxyContin is not easy, we incorporate many different types of treatment into our work with our clients. With a combination of behavioral therapy, counseling, and medications, our world-class clinical staff makes sure every client succeeds by using the tools that are right for their needs. We are firm believers in using cutting-edge methods that get to the heart of the problem and solve it — only then can you continue to build a sustainable path toward an addiction-free life. We design our programs to our clients’ needs using our alternative, real-world model that allows each client to meet the challenges of everyday living once their treatment program is completed.

For both clients and their families, recovery is a process that involves much soul-searching and commitment to succeed. Using our many years of experience and knowledge of prescription drug addictions, we take the time to get to know each client and understand what treatment options will work best for their experience.

Contact Oceanfront Recovery

For those who are in need of OxyContin rehab in Orange County, Oceanfront Recovery offers a top-quality facility and provides a treatment program that is safe, effective and always puts the client first. We welcome adult men and women who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol to take their first steps toward healing at our beautiful location in Laguna Beach, California. We want to help you find recovery without relapse through personalized treatment and long-term recovery solutions. Contact us today at 877.279.1777 to find out how we can help.