What are the Signs and Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction?
Learning to identify the signs and symptoms of OxyContin addiction can be important in providing support for a loved one. Find out what the signs and symptoms are and how to offer help.
OxyContin is an opioid agonist product prescribed for management of moderate to severe pain. Primarily it is used as a prescription painkiller for round-the-clock analgesic care for extended periods of time. OxyContin may sometimes be used as needed for pain relief. OxyContin works as it alters the natural occurring chemistry in the brain that changes the way the brain works. The receptors in the limbic system of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord are all affected by OxyContin. The receptors cause pleasure, emotional control, relaxation, coughing and pain management to name a few.
Following dosage of the OxyContin, the initial signs will start to appear. OxyContin comes in tablets of 10 mg, 15 mg on up to 60-80 mg for people with tolerance to OxyContin or other opioids. If someone takes it other than prescribed, the warning signs may appear as follows:
Taking more dosage than prescribed
Taking longer than prescribed
Taking in ways or modes of administration other than prescribed
Changes to mode of administration may be a problem for users. OxyContin should be swallowed but people with addiction may crush or inhale the tablets. If a person chews OxyContin, it breaks the time release. Dissolving OxyContin pills in water and injecting it creates a new chemical formula. These are newer, more inventive ways people use to get high.
Symptoms of Addiction
Addiction is defined as physical, behavioral and psychological symptoms which appear when a person abuses a drug. The symptoms of addiction to OxyContin include:
Using a combination of OxyContin with other drugs
Continue to use despite negative impact on health, social, home or other life events
Preoccupation with getting more
Strong urges to use
Frequent mood swings
Withdrawal symptoms when taken away
Criminal behavior to get the drug
Treatment of OxyContin is necessary and studies have shown using a combination of approaches can be very helpful. Many families chose to intervene to help reach the person with addiction. The goal is to help the person accept treatment then support the individual through detox, treatment and recovery to sober living. With this goal in mind it is important to focus on the individual’s health and wellbeing above all else and seek help when it seems they are in need.
Blueprints provides young adult treatment programs custom tailored for each individual circumstance. Call us to find out how we can support your loved young adult in getting help for addiction to painkillers or other drugs.