OxyCodone & OxyContin Addiction Treatment
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, originally developed in 1916. While Oxycodone has been in clinical use since 1917, the current wave of problems began when Purdue Pharma released their time-release version of Oxy, called OxyContin, in 1996.
OxyContin is prescribed for treatment of acute or chronic pain, it has tremendous efficacy for pain management, and if you like doing opiates, it’s a molecule that can be significantly eaisier to source in locations that may lack heroin. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services approximately 11 million people living in the United States have consumed at least one dose of Oxycontin in a non-medical way. OxyContin is the most widely abused opioid drug in America.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, of patients who received prescriptions for Oxycontin and drugs like it, 1 in 4 are currently battling an opioid or oxycodone addiction. Of all 2016 deaths from opioid overdoses in the US, more than 40 percent involved a prescription opioid. In fact, the CDC says prescription opioids are part of overdoses that kill more than 46 people every single day, highlighting just how common oxycodone addiction really is
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescriptions for opioid pain relievers including oxycodone and oxycontin shot up from 76 million to almost 207 million between 1991 and 2013. NIDA also found that the US is the world’s biggest consumer of hydrocodone, responsible for consuming almost 100 percent of all doses worldwide. America’s ongoing oxycodone addiction cost our nation $504 billion in 2015 alone, based on figures from the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
Oxycodone Addiction and Risks
Oxycodone addiction is a serious problem, but long before dependence and addiction occur, there are serious health risks associated with taking oxycodone and other opioids. While overdose and death are, of course, the biggest health concerns connected to oxycodone use, particularly because even chronic users can easily overdose, even the drug’s regular side effects and health outcomes can be serious.
Even when you follow the doctor’s orders, you might experience quite a few disturbing side effects with oxycodone. Some of the most common mental/emotional side effects that come with taking oxycodone as directed include: a disproportionate sense of calm or relaxation that throws your mood and judgment off. Some of the most common physical side effects inherent to prescribed doses include: unusual drowsiness, fatigue, or sleepiness; constipation; dizziness; dry mouth; headache; itching; lack of physical strength; nausea; sweating; and vomiting.
Less common side effects for prescribed doses are even more problematic. Mentally and emotionally you may experience anxiety; disturbing dreams; and mood disturbance, an even greater disproportionate feeling of well-being that causes you to be unable to make good decisions. Physical side effects may include: acidic stomach, indigestion, or heartburn; belching; a burning feeling in the stomach or chest; hiccups; sleep disturbance; stomach discomfort, pain, tenderness, or upset; and weight loss.
Rarer side effects that still happen to significant numbers of people who take opioids as directed include: absent, irregular, or missed menstrual periods; bad aftertaste; bloating, excess gas; body aches or pain; changes in taste, vision, voice, walking and/or balance; clumsiness or unsteadiness; congestion; tooth decay; difficulty speaking; dry skin, red, swollen skin, or scaly skin; headache, severe; hearing loss, tinnitus, or audio hallucinations; hyperventilation; inability to stay awake;
inflammation or swelling of the mouth or glands in the neck; involuntary motor body movements; loss of body heat, energy, memory, or strength; muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness; neck pain; serious mood disturbances including crying, depersonalization, depression, disconnect from reality, irritability, overreacting, paranoia, rapid mood swings, and restlessness; and sexual dysfunction including decreased interest in sex, inability to get or maintain an erection.
Oxycodone Withdrawal/Oxycontin Withdrawal in Focus
Oxycodone is actually OxyContin’s active ingredient, and it’s also the same molecule used in several other prescription painkillers such as Percocet. Each of these drugs works the same way: they block pain receptors and alter the levels of dopamine in the brain to produce feelings of euphoria. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that relays messages to and from the brain and other parts of the central nervous system (CNS). Dopamine tells the brain that everything is great, and it should feel relaxed and happy. As the opioid receptors throughout the central nervous system are activated, blood pressure drops, heart rate slows, respiration eases, and the body’s temperature cools.
Over time, people who use oxycodone or OxyContin develop tolerance, just like users of heroin or any other opioid. That means they need higher and higher doses just to achieve the same effect. Once oxycodone dependence or OxyContin dependence develops, quitting the drugs can cause oxycodone withdrawal or OxyContin withdrawal symptoms. As people begin experiencing the severity of their withdrawal symptoms, their brains urge them to use again—the body’s desperate attempt to cease the pain of withdrawal. This is why so many users fail during their attempts to detox and need to keep using just to feel “okay” or “normal” and stave off withdrawal symptoms.
Once the brain becomes accustomed to oxycodone, whether in OxyContin or some other drug, it gets used to the continuous stimulation of these chemical messengers attaching to their receptors. As a result, your body and brain start to expect the drug and its effects, and crave them. Just quitting without a medically-based plan of action can seriously disrupt the user’s entire body and central nervous system. A multitude of side effects, both psychological and physical, will manifest themselves with oxycodone withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal.
Physical symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal, like withdrawal from other opioid drugs, can feel a lot like having an extremely bad case of the flu: blurred vision, body aches, chills, coughing, diarrhea, dilated pupils, fatigue, fever, frequent yawning, goose bumps, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, rapid heartbeat, reduced appetite, restlessness, a runny nose, shaking, stomach cramps, sweating, teary eyes, tremors, and vomiting are all to be expected.
For those who have more severe physical oxycodone dependence or OxyContin dependence, more serious side effects such as irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, and difficulty breathing may also occur.
Psychological side effects of oxycodone withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal can be even more daunting than the physical aspects of the process. These symptoms may include: agitation, anxiety, compelling cravings, depression, general malaise, insomnia, irritability, mental “fog”, suicidal thoughts, and extreme difficulty concentrating.
Oxycodone withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal usually start within 8 to 12 hours of the last dose of the drug, peaking within the first 72 hours. Within roughly 7-10 days the acute physical withdrawal symptoms typically begin subsiding, although the cravings and psychological effects can persist for a significantly longer period of time.
During the first one to two days of oxycodone withdrawal and OxyContin withdrawal, the initial symptoms set in. This is the most common time to relapse. Expect muscle and joint pain, extreme sweating, and nausea. During days three to five, withdrawal symptoms are typically at their worst. In days six through ten, physical symptoms finally begin to subside, yet psychological symptoms remain more powerful than ever. Depression and anxiety are extremely common at this time. From day ten and beyond, the psychological impact of oxycodone detox and Oxycontin detox remains intense, and for most users, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) will manifest itself and symptoms will continue for many months. Persistent, long-lasting oxycodone and OxyContin withdrawal symptoms include: cognitive difficulties, fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and irritability.
Ibogaine is extremely effective for many of Purdue Pharma’s pain-management products, including, but not limited to: hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyls, codeine, MS Contin (controlled-release morphine sulfate), and hydrocodone.
Most of Purdue Pharma’s narcotic analgesics are extremely compatible with ibogaine. They’re all pure agonists, and relatively short-acting opioids, with no extended half-life. We utilize their morphine products to stabilize you prior to ibogaine treatment.
Ibogaine is extraordinarily effective for these molecules. What you need to do prior to arriving at Clear Sky Recovery’s ibogaine treatment center in Cancun, if your primary drug problem is OxyContin, is absolutely nothing. Show up, we’ll reset you.
Articles About Oxycodone and OxyContin Addiction Treatment
This post describes how effective ibogaine treatment is for Oxycodone and OxyContin prescription pills, along with other drugs, both “street” and legal prescription drugs. The piece details how serious the prescription pill epidemic has grown in recent years, and how many people, especially veterans and young people, have become caught up in the problem.
The article goes on to point out that your body and brain can’t tell the difference between “street” drugs and prescription pills, and that it experiences addiction in the very same ways, whatever the source of the addictive drugs. It then discusses why ibogaine treatment for Oxycodone and OxyContin prescription pills works.
Although the illegal heroin epidemic has received extensive media attention, too often the related issue of Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction falls by the wayside. The general notion is that because these drugs are “legal” and prescribed, they are less dangerous—but this isn’t true. Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction is just as dangerous as addiction to any other opiate, including heroin, and that’s why more people are beginning to wonder: does ibogaine for Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction really work?
This critical topic is discussed in detail in this post, so get the facts about using ibogaine to treat Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction. In this post you’ll find out about the ibogaine treatment for drug addiction, and you’ll learn about research into neurochemistry, ibogaine, and Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction.
Searching for an Oxycodone and OxyContin treatment center is a frightening prospect. You’re already in trouble, approaching rock bottom fast because of your addiction. You don’t want to lose your family or friends and their support—you’ve already lost enough. But you’re also probably afraid of what being in treatment is like; will you be in lockdown with people who are in withdrawals? This post tells you how to pick the perfect Oxycodone and OxyContin treatment center.
There are many factors involved. You need to ensure you clarify your needs and priorities first, and that you’ll get the very best medical and psychological expertise while you’re in treatment. As you recover from your addiction to Oxycodone and OxyContin, you’ll also need an evidence-based approach, and the right combination of amenities that helps you to feel comfortable and secure. Find out how to select that kind of Oxycodone and OxyContin treatment center in this post.
This blog provides a video and a discussion of the video. The video is from a news report that introduced ibogaine as a “cure” for Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction to the world some time ago. The post breaks down the news report and offers commentary for more information.
Naturally, it would be ideal if there was a simple, overnight “cure” for Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction, but actually, that isn’t really how ibogaine works, as both the discussion and the video show. In reality, the ibogaine molecule and neurotransmitter chemicals in the human brain interact to “reset” the brain and give the addict a chance to start over fresh. This means no painful withdrawals despite the Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction, and the ability to focus on staying clean.
Find out more from the video and this post to learn how ibogaine “cures” Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction.
If you understand the pull of Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction, you probably already have a sense of how powerful the brain’s chemistry is. This, as much as anything else, is why there’s no way to just end addiction instantly. Instead, Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction recovery is a process that takes place in five stages; this article discusses each of those five stages so the reader knows what to expect during recovery.
The five stages of Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction recovery described in this post are pre-contemplation, awareness and early acknowledgment; contemplation; preparation; action/early recovery; and maintenance. That may seem like a lot to take in, but as you may already suspect, wanting to know about them is also part of the process.
Although many people use the phrases interchangeably, Oxycodone and OxyContin dependence and Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction are not the same thing. The difference is unclear to most people, including people who are actually using Oxycodone and OxyContin and experiencing one or both states of being. This article explains how Oxycodone and OxyContin dependence differs from Oxycodone and OxyContin addiction, and discusses why knowing the difference matters.
Some people take Oxycodone or OxyContin for several days after a surgery, for example, and never experience any real dependence, or physical reliance. Although they use the drug for temporary pain relief, they never reach the point of needing to take a dose of Oxycodone or OxyContin every day just to function. On the other hand, a cancer patient might—as might someone using the drug “off label.” Addiction to Oxycodone and OxyContin is more about using to excess. Read this post for more information.