While the opioid painkiller, OxyContin, is a godsend
prescription drug for those who have severe, chronic pain, those who take it even under
doctor’s advice should know they are highly susceptible to addiction.
OxyContin, which is the brand name for oxycodone, is a narcotic opioid
and produces effects similar to
heroin (some even call it “hillbilly heroin” for this reason). The
rush of euphoria, feeling of calmness, and lack of anxiety make the user
crave more and more “Oxy” to function. This is the hallmark
of addiction when someone cannot stop taking the desired substance because
they’ve become physically dependent.
After a while, the Oxy addict may begin to become desperate for a stronger
high, as using the same dose as before doesn’t produce as potent
of a high. That may take the form of crushing the pills and dissolving
them in water to inject the mixture into a vein. Others may snort the powder.
If you are struggling with an addiction to OxyContin, or you know someone
who is, now is the time to seek help. Call us at Blueprints for Recovery:
How Does OxyContin Affect the Brain?
When followed according to the prescribing physician’s orders, OxyContin
can provide much-welcome pain relief and relaxation. However, with misuse
and abuse, it becomes impossible to untangle the knot and go back to where
you were before, that is, without successful medical detoxification and
In the short-term,
opioids provide pain relief and make users feel relaxed and euphoric. But with
repeated use, the following symptoms become apparent:
- Drowsiness and sleeping constantly
- Gastrointestinal distress: nausea, vomiting, constipation, difficulty urinating
- Mood swings
- Slowed breathing
When breath slows too much, the brain cannot get enough oxygen (“hypoxia”),
which can cause severe short- or long-term neurological effects, even
a coma, permanent brain damage, or death.
Medical Detox from OxyContin Is Important
Without careful medical help, detoxing from OxyContin can be horrifically
painful, and usually unsuccessful. At Blueprints for Recovery, we recommend
a safe, rapid opiate detoxification process to assist with the withdrawal
detoxing from OxyContin. After detox, you will join our inpatient residential phase where you
will learn how to start life with a fresh slate, clean and sober.
Tailor-Made OxyContin Addiction Treatment in Prescott
At Blueprints for Recovery, we have specific training to treat drug addiction
for young men between the ages of 18 and 30. An
all-male rehab is beneficial to our residents because men and women react differently
to drugs and experience addiction differently. We believe gender-segregated
drug rehabilitation is the right course for most people who seek to beat
their addictions through various therapeutically beneficial programs —
from one-on-one and
group therapy to
outdoor activities and
Blueprints for Recovery: No Judgment, Only Support
If you are a
young man between the ages of 18 and 30 and facing OxyContin addiction in Arizona, you’re not alone. If
you need help putting an end to your dependence, please call Blueprints
for Recovery. We can help put you on a path back to health and sobriety.
Call Blueprints for Recovery’s OxyContin drug rehab center today
for more information about our all-male therapy program, or
contact us online here.