Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone is a powerful opiate used to manage pain for cancer and other conditions. Most people take it for legitimate pain relief but it’s highly addictive and can lead to abuse and dependency. The drug is marketed under names including OxyContin , Percocet, Percodan and Tylox. The central nervous system depressant stimulates opioid receptors in the brain and body, producing analgesia, respiratory depression and euphoria. Repeated use of oxycodone can cause patients to develop a tolerance, meaning the prescribed dose is no longer effective at producing the intended results. Most people who abuse the drug do so to experience the high or euphoria, to relieve pain or to stave off withdrawal symptoms.  

Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

Altering the dose of opiate drugs in any way can have unintended and possibly fatal consequences. This could include crushing or chewing the pills for snorting or injection. Such rapid release of oxycodone can cause serious health issues, even death. Signs of overdose should prompt an immediate trip to the emergency room. They include: slowed breathing, extreme weakness, dizziness, seizures, cold and clammy skin, small pupils, confusion, loss of consciousness or coma. Many people use oxycodone for legitimate reasons but for some, the use is recreational. Repeated or prolonged use of oxycodone can lead to physical and psychological dependence, even when used within the parameters of a doctor’s prescription.

Those who take more oxycodone than what’s prescribed, or for longer periods than a doctor recommends, are abusing the drug. Using the drug in any way that goes against the directions and warnings on the label can be considered abuse. Doctor-shopping to secure more than one supply and falsification of prescriptions are common actions among abusers and contribute to the problem of illegal drug diversion. Some people engage in other risky behaviors such as using oxycodone in conjunction with other substances that could increase its potency. If you are preoccupied by using oxycodone or your use has escalating despite potentially dire consequences, you should seek help from a safe, professional medical detox.

Opiate-Free Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction is Safe and Quick

The suffering ends here. The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers a successful rapid detox without the use of opiate replacements such as Suboxone and methadone. Performed in an accredited hospital in Southern California, patients are first given a battery of tests to gauge internal organ and gastrointestinal damage from opiate use. The actual procedure takes less than two hours and uses medicine to cleanse the oxycodone from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while they sleep under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists. The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while the patient is sedated. Thus, they awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred. The entire hospital stay is a few days, getting you back on your feet in much less time than traditional detox and rehab programs. Domus Retreat, our transitional living facility, is also available for those who wish to continue their recovery in a safe, private and spa-like atmosphere.

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