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  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    In the recovery community, it is very common to refer to a person who is sober as "recovering," regardless of how long they have been sober for. Some people, both in the recovery community and outside of it, may wonder whether this is an appropriate term, since it may seem in the instance of a person who has not had alcohol for a very long time that they are no longer recovering but recovered. 

    This has led many people to pose the question of whether there exists a person who is actually a recovered alcoholic.

     

  • Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Getting healthy and sober means truly changing the way in which you think and behave. Of course, one of the biggest components to sobriety is abstaining from controlled substances, but it is also highly important that a recovering addict work to achieve what is called emotional sobriety. Maintaining emotional sobriety is an integral part of being healthy and drug and alcohol free. Here are a few reasons why emotional sobriety is such an important part of recovery.

  • Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    There are many factors that may impact the likelihood that a teen will suffer from alcoholism. Environmental factors, such as the company a child keeps at school, as well as genetic factors, such as how predisposed the child is to alcoholism, will all play a large role in determining whether a teen will become addicted to alcohol.

  • Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Researchers have long known there was a link between genetics and alcoholism, but the exact genes involved are still being discovered. A recent study, published in Psychiatric Genetics and undertaken by researchers at the University College London in the U.K., has found a rare gene variant that could increase the risk of a person developing alcoholism, as well as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Because of the way that addiction and mental health problems are closely related, it is very common for patients in rehab to require treatment for both substance abuse and issues of depression. When you are focusing on recovery it can be difficult to simultaneously battle symptoms of depression which often contribute to the cycle of abuse.

  • How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    Addiction is a damaging disease that impacts the life of an addict and every person around them in a very severe way. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so singularly focused on finding and consuming more drugs and alcohol that all of the important relationships in their life become secondary.

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcohol abuse and addiction contribute to many health problems, including alcoholic neuropathy. More than half of heavy drinkers develop neuropathy, and those with the highest risk are alcoholics who have been abusing the substance for more than ten years.

  • 5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    Affirmations play an important role in recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction. The brain is the most powerful tool a person has in recovery, and using supportive, positive affirmations can help a person to find the strength to overcome his or her problem.

  • What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    Recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, but most people find a new lease on life when they enter recovery. However, many alcoholics face a common problem known as dry drunk syndrome.

  • 7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    Making the decision to get sober is, in effect, making the decision to totally transform your entire way of life and way of thinking. In sobriety, you will undergo a total change that involves you ridding yourself of the behaviors and negative thoughts that have, until this point, been preventing you from living a happy and healthy life.

  • How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    The first few months of recovering from an addiction can involve a number of difficult withdrawal symptoms as well as physical and emotional problems to overcome. One of the most common complaints among recovering addicts is difficulty sleeping especially in the first few weeks of abstinence.

  • Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    After an alcoholic finally reaches out for help and enters rehab treatment for their problem, there are a number of important values and skills that they must focus on to remain sober. One of the most crucial aspects of their journey to recovery is to develop accountability not just to their supervisors in treatment but to everyone in their life.

  • What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    In the past decade, the instances of binge drinking among Americans has risen significantly especially with those who are college students between the ages of 18 and 20. Recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that while the incidence of regular drinking has remained stable over the years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of binge drinking.

  • Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    When it comes to relationships while in sobriety, most therapists and counselors recommend that newly recovered addicts abstain from becoming involved in a romantic relationship for at least the first year of sobriety. Because of this, there is a kind of stigma around relationships that exists within the recovery community.

  • 5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    Addiction is a complex issue that can take years to resolve even with the help of professional treatment. Unfortunately, the chance of relapse is high especially in the first few months after completing rehab.

  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

  • Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Teenagers have long had a reputation of using and abusing drugs. Certain elements of youth culture seem to be driven by drug use. However, the relationship is actually more cyclical, where teen culture both drives and is driven by drug use.

  • Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    New research has discovered a certain mutated species of worm that could prove instrumental in the fight against alcoholism. Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have discovered that by inserting a "modified human alcohol target" into the worm they are able to make it immune to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

  • Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    The star of the popular film "Transformers", Shia LeBeouf has admitted that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse although he has not yet entered a rehab facility. In spite of false reports stating that the actor entered rehabilitation, LeBeouf's representatives have stated that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse but not through an inpatient treatment center.

  • Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Prescription pain medication is one of the most widely abused substances in America, third behind alcohol and marijuana. About 4.8 million Americans have abused pain medication in the past month, according to the latest data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    Hockey star, Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators has recently opened up about his recovery from alcoholism and how it changed his life for the better. Clune is one of the few NHL players to admit to his alcohol problem while still in the league and although a controversial confession he wants to get the word out about recovering from alcoholism.

  • Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    There is no question that one of the most significant events that can lead an addict to seek sobriety is hitting "rock bottom,". Rock bottom refers to the point in time when an addict's addiction causes some kind of event or condition that is so severe that an addict realizes they they must seek help if they are going to continue to live. Hitting rock bottom is generally a very unpleasant and scary place, but for many addicts, this is the only way to get some clarity about the importance of seeking help.

OxyContin Addiction

While for most people, the idea of a dangerous drug brings to mind heroin, crack, and even methamphetamine, OxyContin is actually one of the deadliest and most addictive substances available. The fact that OxyContin is manmade and is accessible through a doctor’s prescription does not make it safer for human use than a drug like heroin. In fact, prescriptions for OxyContin are what have led to the majority of drug use progressing to abuse and onto addiction in the United States.

OxyContin: The Drug

OxyContin works as a painkiller by blocking messages to the brain alerting of discomfort or a problem somewhere in the human body. Because of its potential for abuse, its side effects, and its propensity for addiction, OxyContin’s composition and labeling were required to change, per the FDA. As a result, demand has decreased, but the drug is still extremely dangerous.

OxyContin, the brand name of Purdue Pharmaceuticals’ pill version of the painkiller, oxycodone, is a narcotic, just like heroin. Along with Vicodin, Percodan, Percocet, morphine, codeine, methadone and heroin, OxyContin and this entire classification of drugs, called opiates or opioids, have an extremely high rate of abuse, an even higher rate of addiction, and an undeniable link as the cause of thousands of overdose deaths every year.

What Does OxyContin Do?

OxyContin, created to mimic the effects of morphine, is comprised mainly of oxycodone. The drug works by blocking pain messengers in the brain, via the central nervous system. Internal levels of the natural neurotransmitter, dopamine, are affected, making the individual feel more pleasure and even euphoria, but the whole experience is chemically created. As a result, organic dopamine production is thrown out of whack, and the drug seems to be the only way to ever have a positive experience again.

Medicine

When used properly, as medically prescribed, OxyContin is a highly effective painkiller that relieves the suffering of cancer patients and those with major physical pain. In an effort to treat acute and chronic pain, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OxyContin for medical use in 1995. Since its introduction to the medical community, OxyContin has quickly become one of the most addictive and most deadly drugs available. When taking more OxyContin than medically necessary, the drug produces a euphoric feeling, but that is never why a physician has recommended the drug for use.

Drug Formulation

The pill version of oxycodone was designed with a slow-release formula so that only the appropriate amount of medication makes its way into the user’s bloodstream at any given time. With this method, ongoing pain can be properly alleviated. However, the potential for ways to abuse OxyContin were realized almost immediately. Instead of just relieving pain, OxyContin users figured out how to manipulate the drug to also get high.

Statistics

OxyContin has been the subject of countless news reports and research studies. As the FDA witnessed the impact of OxyContin on the United States’ population, the organization began conducting research studies. Results, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, announced that oxycodone-related deaths increased 93% and oxycodone-related emergency room visits increased 32% between 1997 and 1998.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information that 15,000 Americans died of opiate and opioid related deaths in 2008, which marked a 300% increase from 1999. The rate of prescription pill deaths in one year was more than the total number of deaths linked to heroin and cocaine combined. Further, in 2008, Purdue Pharmaceuticals reported over $2 billion in annual OxyContin sales, nearly double the amount sold in 2007. The drug’s sales increased to nearly $3 billion the next year, and made it to $3.1 billion in 2010. This means that enough prescriptions for painkillers had been administered in 2010 to medicate every adult in the U.S., 24 hours a day, for an entire month.

Legal Involvement

After years of OxyContin sales, Purdue Pharmaceuticals was found liable for the drug’s addiction and death rates. The company entered a guilty plea to a single felony count of misbranding and paid out $600.5 million. Plus, three of the company’s top executives were each charged with misbranding misdemeanors and fined $34.5 million, which the company paid.

Changes to the Deadly Drug

As a result of the law suit, Purdue Pharmaceuticals reformulated OxyContin to reduce its abuse potential. Along with the changes came a new label warning of the drug’s side effects, dangers, and probability toward addiction. The combined changed have proven effective in decreasing the demand for OxyContin.

OxyContin: The Effects

The use of OxyContin affects the entire nervous system: the heart, the lungs, the brain, the reproductive, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems, and every major organ in the human body.

Unlike some other pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of taking OxyContin are not mild. Instead of just possible dizziness and dry mouth, OxyContin affects the entire central nervous system. This means that the heart, the lungs, the brain, the reproductive, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems, and every major organ are impacted by the drug’s abuse.

As a result, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports record high cases of OxyContin abuse, physical and psychological dependence (i.e. addiction), and overdose deaths. Purdue Pharmaceuticals has been criticized for downplaying the dangers of OxyContin and has been required, by the FDA, to make changes to the label. The side effects are now listed right on the bottle of OxyContin along with what the FDA calls the strongest warning ever for a pharmaceutical drug.

Actual side effects of OxyContin use are:
  • Depressed respiration, or respiratory failure
  • Constipation
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Slowed pulse
  • Confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach cramps
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Impairment of menstrual cycle in females
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms when drug use stops

Increased OxyContin Use

Similar to heroin, an increased tolerance to the pain-blocking euphoric effects leads an OxyContin user to want a larger dosage of the drug each day. Accidental OxyContin overdose is caused when a user does not stop increasing the dose, until one day, the amount of the drug is too much for the body to metabolize. Rarely does an OxyContin overdose result in an outcome other than death or permanent brain damage.

Stopping the Progression of OxyContin Use

The dangerous side effects of OxyContin make its use incredibly risky. If you are using OxyContin, or know someone who is, the behavior can stop with the right medical help. Recovery Now TV finds the treatment centers with the most experience and the best staff to help stop the progression of OxyContin use to abuse and addiction.

Under the guidance of medical doctors and substance abuse professionals, our team at Recovery Now TV has helped many opiate addicts get through medical detoxification and onto formal treatment. We work with licensed counselors who customize treatment plans, complete with tools for preventing dependence on OxyContin, skills for dealing with cravings for narcotics, lifelong coping skills to sustain a new life without substances.

Give Recovery Now TV a call today at 800-281-4731 to find out where you can start your new life.

OxyContin Abuse

Substance abuse, the step before addiction, consists of the continuation of any drug use despite its negative impact on the user’s life.

When a prescription drug is used in any way other than how a doctor prescribed it, the drug is being abused. The purpose is no longer proper pain treatment; the goal is to get high.

If a 90-day supply of OxyContin is deemed necessary for recovery after surgery, for example, and the individual uses the given quantity in 60 days, the drug has been abused. Similarly, when a portion of one’s personal quantity of OxyContin is sold to someone who does not also have a doctor’s prescription, the drug is being abused.

Although OxyContin was manufactured as a time-release pill, designed to relieve pain for up to 12 hours, when the drug is crushed and injected, snorted, chewed, smoked, or dissolved into a liquid, the time-release function is destroyed. Abusers feel a heroin-like rush from eating, drinking, snorting, or injecting the powdered, or pulverized, form of OxyContin.

The pleasurable feeling created by the abuse of OxyContin is leading even those who truly needed a prescription, to abuse the drug for the euphoria and the complete alleviation of all pain. Since the pharmaceutical drug can be so easily abused, often users quickly progress from legitimate use to abuse, and then onto addiction. Individuals who have not been educated on the dangers and side effects of OxyContin may not understand the drug’s powerful narcotic impact on the human body.

All too often, a person who has been prescribed OxyContin believes that the drug is safe because a doctor has deemed it medically appropriate. Sadly, the true effects of OxyContin abuse are widely unknown to most of the people who are taking the pharmaceutical. Consequently, OxyContin’s side effects become the reason for thousands of emergency room visits and causes of death every year.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), via the organization’s Drug Abuse Warning Network, emergency room incidents involving oxycodone increased 89% between 1993 and 1999. Those rates jumped another 68% from 1999 to 2000; illustrating the reality of the influence OxyContin abuse is having on our society.

As one of the most powerful pain relievers on the market, OxyContin became a substitute for heroin. Instead of injecting a risky street drug, individuals started going to a doctor, complaining of chronic pain, in an effort to get what is essentially the pill form of heroin. The pharmaceutical versions seem less dangerous than heroin, are perceived with less cultural stigma than “street drugs,” and come in a pretty little pill instead of via a needle, but make no mistake: prescription opiate narcotics are no less dangerous than any other version, like heroin, codeine, and morphine.

When the first high is experienced from OxyContin, abuse goes beyond just pain relief. The desire for an amount of the drug that creates that euphoric high is continuously pursued. For those users, who are not educated on the dangers of opiates, OxyContin use can unintentionally spiral out of control.

The body begins to change and chemicals in the brain begin to adapt to the continuous, and often rising, presence of OxyContin. The appropriate pain relief that used to come from one or two pills now requires five or six pills. As abuse continues to progress, it is not unusual for an individual to then need a dozen pills of OxyContin to feel the effect that used to come with just a couple. Physical tolerance to the drug has developed and the systems of the body and the brain now require more pills to ward off pain, or to get high.

When the body can no longer handle the dose that is being taken, meaning that the amount of the drug in the person’s system can no longer be metabolized, the drug becomes lethal. This is an overdose. The body does not distinguish between OxyContin, another pharmaceutical, and heroin when dosages become so high that breathing stops and other organs shut down, including the heart. OxyContin overdoses are just like heroin overdoses. The body cannot handle the level of narcotics present.

The good news is that complete recovery from any opiate is possible. With help from trained professionals, OxyContin abuse can stop before an overdose, or the progression to addiction, ends a life.

Recovery Now TV offers the latest in medical detoxification and effective therapeutic techniques for treating OxyContin abuse. Through effective referrals, our treatment team will help find the best detox and treatment program for you. Call Recovery Now TV to find out more: 800-281-4731.

OxyContin Addiction

Addiction includes:
  1. Loss of control over substance use
  2. Obsession with use
  3. Continued use despite adverse life consequences
  4. Denial that there is a problem with a substance
  5. A powerful likelihood of relapse

Addiction is defined as a chronic disease with a high probability of relapse. When a person fits the criteria of addiction, he or she can be diagnosed with physical and psychological dependence upon at least one mind-altering drug, or life-impairing behavior. The ability to stop using is diminished, and every aspect of the person’s life can reach incapacitation.

The use of OxyContin negatively impacts the entire central nervous system. The influence on the body and the brain decrease a person’s ability to make good choices. OxyContin addiction begins to affect relationships, commitments, and responsibilities, as the drug begins taking daily priority. When abuse crosses over into addiction, jobs are lost, schoolwork falls by the wayside, relationships crumble, families are torn apart, physical and mental health deteriorates, and even legal consequences can begin dictating a person’s life.

While this process can happen for any drug, the cycle of addiction is most difficult to break for opiates and opioids. The drugs in this classification alter brain chemistry as they relieve pain, and create a euphoric high when taken in higher doses than physically necessary. Without an intension of addiction, or even abuse of the drug, thousands of people find themselves fitting the criteria for OxyContin addiction.

A well-cited definition of addiction includes these five criteria:

  1. A Loss of Control over substance use;
  2. Obsession with substance use;
  3. Continued use Despite Negative Life Consequences;
  4. Denial of a problem with substances and/or behaviors; and,
  5. A powerful tendency to Relapse back to substance use.

When used in an example, a person who has become addicted to OxyContin is unable to stop taking pills on his or her own. Each day this person is obsessed with finding the drug and using it, and even after this behavior has caused adverse life consequences (i.e. loss of a job, complete financial devastation, or the end of an important relationship), OxyContin use continues.

Through all of this, the addict denies that there is a problem with OxyContin, sometimes in the some form of, “I need the drug to treat my chronic pain.” Denial is very powerful, and so is OxyContin. Even when use stops, whether the person admits a problem with the substance or not, someone who can be diagnosed with addiction returns to the drug, or relapses, often after just a short time of cessation.

Whether for you or for a loved one, this list provides signs and symptoms of addiction to look for in someone who is taking OxyContin:

  • Feeling physically sick when the supply of OxyContin is gone. (i.e. withdrawal symptoms)
  • Engaging in illegal activity to get OxyContin.
  • Increasing the amount of OxyContin taken each day. (i.e. increased tolerance)
  • Experiencing feelings of guilt or shame about OxyContin use.
  • Losing a job, failing out of school, or losing a loved one because of OxyContin use.
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns.
  • Mood swings.

Additionally, in an effort to feel a satiable high again, many opiate addicts will combine alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and other pharmaceutical drugs with OxyContin. This signals drug addiction. The act of combining chemicals is extremely dangerous because drug interactions in your body are unpredictable, and therefore, high risk and often life-threatening. Via several famous opiate addicts, like Heath Ledger, Cory Monteith, and most recently, Philip Seymour Hoffman, we see just how easily prescription pills, heroin, and the mixture of several drugs can lead to an untimely death.

Instead of suffering through the life of addiction, break the cycle by calling Recovery Now TV. OxyContin addiction must be treated, and with the help of our team, you can begin the detox and recovery process today.

Recovery Now TV has helped hundreds of people overcome opiate and opioid addiction. With proven techniques and effective medical procedures, recovery begins with medically supervised detoxification. Once OxyContin is out of the body, rehab can begin where treatment plans are customized to each individual client and a wide variety of services are available to heal the mind, body, and soul.

Give Recovery Now TV a call today at 800- 281-4731 to explore your options and to treat your OxyContin addiction.

Withdrawal from OxyContin

OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms:
  1. Muscle and bone pain
  2. Restlessness
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Insomnia
  5. Vomiting
  6. Cold flashes
  7. Involuntary leg movements

OxyContin withdrawal is no less serious than quitting heroin, despite the fact that OxyContin use may have started with a legitimate doctor prescription.

Opiate and opioid withdrawal indicators are physical symptoms experienced when the body reacts to a lack of any drug in the opiate family. The body and the brain have become accustomed to having a painkiller to function, so when a substance like OxyContin is suddenly taken away, pain seems excruciating, digestion is a major problem, and the entire central nervous system revolts. Muscles cramp, bones and joints ache, and the entire body sweats. Nausea, an inability to sleep or eat, and a relentless experience of anxiety also ensue. Overall, OxyContin withdrawal produces flu-like symptoms and major discomfort.

The pain and distress of OxyContin withdrawal can be minimized under proper medical supervision. Recovery Now TV has connections with monitored detoxification programs for opiate addiction.

OxyContin withdrawal is not a process you want to go through on you own. To stand a chance at making it through the first few days without returning to OxyContin use, seek participation in one of Recovery Now TV’s referrals with medical facilities, professional doctors, and licensed counselors helping you through the entire process.

Give us a call today at 800-281-4731 for a private consultation. We can help you stop using OxyContin and start a new life free of addiction.

Detox & Treatment

OxyContin addiction requires monitored detoxification and formal treatment. The team at Recovery Now TV is here to help you find the best program to fit all of your recovery needs. Call now, 800-281-4731.

Completely ridding the body of OxyContin is vital for any chance at recovery from opiate addiction. As the most addictive class of drugs, these substances are not easily forgotten. With the assistance of medical professionals, who can administer proper medications and can continuously monitor vital signs, detoxification can be completed with greater ease.

Participation in a detox program sets a former OxyContin addict up for entry into a formal inpatient opiate treatment program. With individual therapy, peer group processing, family therapy, and other proven therapeutic approaches to recovery, an OxyContin addict can make changes with a positive attitude and a readiness to change. While not easy, a substance free life is available to addicts everywhere.

Recovery Now TV has dealt with hundreds of clients with your exact symptoms. Our effective treatment referrals are based on experience and research. If you are addicted to OxyContin, or someone in your life cannot stop using an opiate, it is time for help.

To find out where you can receive the best in opiate and opioid treatment, contact our team at Recovery Now TV, 800-281-4731. Our professional staff is standing by to give you a confidential consultation.