The brand name of oxycodone, OxyContin is the time-release formula for the painkiller. Its effects are similar to morphine and can last up to 12 hours. OxyContin abuse and addiction is a topic that comes up from time to time, when reports surface of an addicted celebrity, or perhaps some physician selling the drug under the counter. OxyContin addiction is a fear for both patient and doctor, one that has led some patients to avoid taking it, and doctors from prescribing it for fear of lawsuits. The flip side of the coin is the growing number of people taking it for the sole purpose of getting high. These people will often procure their OxyContin illegally on the streets. But whether it is being taken for a legitimate purpose or being used to have some fun, no one plans on developing an OxyContin addiction. But an addiction may very likely arise nonetheless, and when it does, it ought to be treated sooner rather than later to prevent further complications.
Dealing with OxyContin Addiction
The consequences of an OxyContin addiction can vary according to the degree of the dependence, but no matter the extent, there are always complications that accompany substance abuse. Both physiological and physical issues may come from extensive use and abuse of OxyContin. One of the more common side effects from taking OxyContin is dysphoria, which can be described as an altered state of mind, an unpleasant mood, depression, anxiety, or restlessness. Behaviors may change as well and the user may experience mood swings or volatile temper, an inability to perform at work or school, or bouts of mania (extreme giddiness followed by a sudden crash and depression). The physical side effects of OxyContin abuse range from minor to life threatening and are all relative to the amount taken and tolerance of the user. Swelling of the eyes, tongue, and throat may occur. Respiratory complications, such as slowed or difficulty breathing can be experienced, along with dizziness and fainting. The most serious risks are seizure and overdose, which can be life threatening. If a person in your life is showing these signs, or has admitted they are addicted to OxyContin and cannot stop, looking into a treatment program may be the next indicated action to take (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs).
OxyContin Addiction Rehab at PVRC
At Pacific View Recovery Center, we understand that detoxing from an OxyContin addiction can be a very unnerving thought, and that living a life without the drug may be unimaginable at the moment. This is why we approach each patient’s case differently, in order to meet the particular needs required. We try to help all clients get through their detox as comfortably as possible in order to ease them into recovery, which is where a new life can begin being built from the ground up. The supportive staff at our PVRC OxyContin Rehab will lead the individual through numerous process groups that aim to inform them as much as possible about their addiction. Aided by our experienced therapists, clients will uncover perpetuating behaviors and thoughts that have kept them rooted in their disease. What better place to reestablish a life than sunny Santa Monica, where our facility is located, and from where we are able to take patients on a variety of stimulating and enlightening outings. At Pacific View Recover Center, we aspire to help all of our clients change their perspective and lifestyle by showing them a life without drugs is a life worth living.
If there is a person in your life battling addiction and seeking help, please call Pacific View Recovery Center immediately at 866-737-4962. One of our admissions specialists will be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding our OxyContin addiction treatment program and facility.