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Oxycontin Painkiller Addiction

Commonly prescribed by doctors as a way to manage moderate to severe physical pain, Oxycontin is a potent and highly abused prescription painkiller that has derailed countless lives due to its debilitating and addictive nature.  Oxycontin is the pharmaceutical brand name for the drug oxycodone.  Oxycodone and Oxycontin are only legally available for purchase through a pharmacy with a physician’s orders; however, a large upswing in prescribers writing orders for Oxycontin has led to the drug being widely available on the streets and black markets for addicts to buy without a prescription.  Widespread oxycontin painkiller addiction is responsible for a rising death toll due to overdoses on the drug, and oxycontin painkiller addiction costing the nation of $400 billion dollars annually in efforts to combat the abuse and distribution of prescription painkillers.

Oxycontin’s cousin – heroin

Oxycontin’s effects on the body are similar to those of heroin.  Oxycontin and heroin affect the same area of the brain, and the euphoric and side effects of each drug mimic each other due to this.  Often those who become addicted to Oxycontin do not begin abusing the drug until after they have been prescribed it for long periods of time, or for pain management.  Oxycontin usage leads to tolerance building, which means that in order for the individual to experience the same pain subduing qualities from Oxycontin that were felt in the beginning of their Oxycontin usage, they require a higher dosage.  Repeatedly taking more pills against a doctor’s orders leads quickly to abuse and Oxycontin painkiller addiction.  Individuals who abuse Oxycontin on a regular basis will often find themselves resorting to purchasing heroin off of the streets when painkillers are not readily available for purchase.  In order to prevent your loved one from further abusing Oxycontin, and ultimately heroin, an Oxycontin addiction rehab is necessary.

Those who suffer from oxycontin painkiller addiction can purchase the drug off of the streets without a physician’s prescription under a variety of “street names”:

  • Oxys
  • OC
  • Hillbilly heroin
  • Dope
  • Cotton
  • Kickers
  • Orange County
  • 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or 80’s – depending upon the milligram of Oxycodone being purchased

How Oxycontin is abused

Oxycontin’s natural state of a pill or tablet can be altered in order to increase or elevate the euphoric high that is experienced when abused.  Oxycontin can be taken in large quantities in pill form, crushed into a powder form and snorted, mixed with a liquid and injected intravenously, or smoked.  All avenues lead to an inevitable Oxycontin intoxification.  Being high on Oxycontin leads to an intensely euphoric high, and common signs of your loved one being high on Oxycontin are:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Droopy appearance
  • Falling asleep or “nodding out”
  • Incessant scratching of skin
  • Runny nose
  • Intravenous “track” marks on arms or other extremities
  • Lack of physical appearance upkeep
  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation

Oxycontin withdrawal

Similar to the symptoms that are associated with painful heroin detoxification, Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms are experienced after a physical addiction to the drug has happened.  This occurs after Oxycontin use is discontinued, or diminishes dramatically.  Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms are incredibly painful and often require an Oxycontin addiction rehab to manage the detoxification period, because individuals risk a high likelihood of relapse if they attempt to overcome this process on their own.  Oxycontin detoxification symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Hot and cold chills
  • Gooseflesh
  • Muscle spasms and weakness
  • Body aches and pains
  • Extreme cravings for Oxycontin

Unless an Oxycontin addiction rehab facility is sought to help manage detoxification processes, most individuals will eventually relapse on Oxycontin again.  This is due to the extreme cravings associated with Oxycontin addiction withdrawal, and a lack of effective treatment for Oxycontin addiction.

Oxycontin overdose

Oxycontin overdose can happen at any time, to anyone who is at any point in their Oxycontin painkiller addiction progression.  Oxycontin overdoses and deaths are responsible for families losing their children, wives, husbands, and friends.  When too much Oxycontin is taken, or when Oxycontin is mixed with other substances that makes for a toxic combination, an individual’s body can shut down entirely.  Signs of Oxycontin overdose are:

  • Extreme drowsiness and disorientation
  • Blue lips and extremities
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fainting or “falling out”
  • Coma
  • Shortness of breath or not breathing
  • Heart palpitations

The only way to effectively combat your loved one’s Oxycontin painkiller addiction and overdose is an Oxycontin addiction rehab.  Addiction Solutions offers a wide variety of Oxycontin addiction rehab options for your own unique prescription painkiller addiction.  Addiction Solutions wants to help you stop Oxycontin abuse in its tracks.  Our Oxycontin addiction rehab options are affordable, accepted by most major insurance carriers, and can help save your life.  Don’t try and overcome Oxycontin addiction on your own.  Make sure you turn to the trusted professionals at Addiction Solutions for you or your loved one’s Oxycontin painkiller addiction problems.

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