OxyContin addiction has come to the attention of drug abuse watchdog groups nationwide as OxyContin addiction has increased many times over in recent years. OxyContin addiction is a new phenomenon in that OxyContin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) only 7 years ago in 1995. OxyContin addiction is as severe as heroin addiction because they are both derived from opium. Although man-made by the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, OxyContin addiction is no less severe just because it is a synthetic drug. Like heroin, Percodan or Percocet, OxyContin addiction must be treated in a facility like Spencer Recovery Center where doctors can aide withdrawal with medications and licensed counselors can address new behavioral skills.
OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride which is used as a mild to severe pain reliever for patients with chronic pain. Individuals with a legitimate need for OxyContin include cancer patients and the drug has been praised for it's long lasting pain reliving qualities. However, the manufacturer has been criticised for not properly informing doctors and patients of the high potential of OxyContin addiction. Thousands of prescriptions are handed out every year and abuse, crime and fatal overdoses have since all been linked to OxyContin addiction. Though formulated as a 12 hour time release pill, OxyContin addiction becomes more likely as individuals abuse the drug. This is done by disabeling the time release structure of the pill by chewing, crushing or dissolving the pill into liquid form and then eating, snorting or injecting the solution.
When taken orally or injected in this powder form, the time-release structure is by-passed and the user experiences a rush similar to heroin. The mind and body easily become obsessed with this pleasurable rush and a physical craving can develop causing addiction. OxyContin addiction manifests through chronic use and increasing tolerance so that more of the drug is needed to feel the same effects smaller doses once provided.
Opioids like OxyContin and heroin block pain messengers to the brain and central nervous system. They also increase the amount of dopamine in the brain which causes increased feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Consequences result as the body seeks a balance and compensates for the increased dopamine and increased pleasure. Tolerance develops when the body compensates and the individual soon needs more and more OxyContin to get the same pleasurable feelings that one or two doses used to provide. OxyContin addiction creeps up on the individual until acquiring the drug becomes a full time obsession affecting friends, family, career, kids, finances and possibly involving the police.
Recovery Now TV has helped hundreds of clients overcome their opioid addiction using proven techniques and effective medical procedures. Overcoming OxyContin addiction begins with medically supervised detoxification followed by individual and group therapy facilitated by a licensed counselor. Treatment plans are customized to the individual and a wide variety of services are available from inpatient residential to outpatient treatment online.
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Facts and figures related to OxyContin were found at The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Choosing a Facility
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Facility for OxyContin Recovery
If this is your first time seeking OxyContin recovery for yourself or a loved one, it would be helpful to know which questions to ask when searching for possible programs. RecoveryNowTV.com will guide you in making the most appropriate decision based on your individual needs.
When researching OxyContin recovery programs, consider the questions below to help guide you to making the most appropriate decision for treatment:
Will the facility work with your health insurance company?
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Where is the facility located?
Oftentimes facilities will urge you to travel out of your area to receive treatment. Consider the list of pros and cons below for traveling out of the area for treatment.
Treatment out of the area-
- Getting out of the area for OxyContin recovery will help an alcoholic or addict to focus on themselves rather than their familiar surroundings.
- Going out of the area for OxyContin recovery creates a mindset where a client is taking a journey for their recovery.
- If the going gets tough in treatment, a distance between the home and the treatment facility might affect a person's decision to not give up and to stay in treatment.
- Going to an OxyContin recovery program out of the area puts distance between you and your loved ones. Most treatment programs offer a family component and a long distance could make it difficult for supportive family and friends to participate in the treatment program.
- Going to an OxyContin recovery program out of the area might make it difficult to return to the home environment. If you choose to go out of the area for treatment, it is crucial to make sure that the treatment facility has a discharge planning process which includes assistance in finding outpatient and Twelve Step Support systems for when you return home.
What governing body is the treatment facility licensed through?
All OxyContin recovery programs providing therapeutic services and treatment planning, must be licensed by a State governing body. If one of the facilities that you are considering is NOT part of the RecoveryNowTV network, then you will need to make sure that the facility is licensed through the state.
Is the facility accredited?
If so, what is the accreditation agency governing the facility? Accreditation is a true sign of a quality and safety assurance plan for a facility. While accreditation is not mandatory for a facility, it does provide a higher level of standards for a facility to adhere to. The two major accrediting bodies are The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and Commission on Accreditation of Addiction recovery Facilities (CARF). Both accrediting organizations ensure that the facility actively participates in rigorous quality and safety improvement protocols.
What does a typical day entail?
Ask the OxyContin recovery facility go through the daily schedule and feel free to ask questions of each item on the schedule. This will give you an understanding of all of the services offered. This will allow you to take full advantage of the treatment protocols being offered.
What is the price of the treatment?
Are there additional costs over and above the stated cost? Is there a daily rate? Is there an early termination policy?
Is there an extended care program?
When searching for an OxyContin recovery facility, if time and your schedule permits, it is recommended that you enter an extended care program or a structured sober living environment. This will ensure that the re-entry back into daily living is a safe transition. Many programs offer a step-down or sober living program which includes mandatory Twelve Step participation, curfews, and drug testing.
Is there a program in place for relapse?
It is important to know if the addiction recovery program will support you during a relapse. Many programs have relapse prevention or a refresher course in case of a relapse. Although many people do not want to consider readmitting to a treatment facility, it is important to know that your treatment program will support you if you have a relapse.
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