Oxycontin Addiction

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Oxycontin is a medication prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Although prescribed by a doctor, this medication is highly addictive. Those addicted to Oxycontin after being prescribed it often don’t seek traditional drug rehab because people think those who consume street drugs are the ones who need rehab. This isn’t the case at all. Oxycontin can be addictive for anyone – and it usually is. But, what is Oxycontin, and why is it so addictive?


What is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is an opioid that is usually prescribed by a doctor, though it is also often bought and sold off the street. It, like any other opioid, is highly addictive and should be used with extreme caution. Addiction sets in quickly with drugs like this one and coming off can be a challenge. Physical craving for Oxycontin can be incredibly intense. Many times when a person tries to do it on their own they fail. That’s why we always say medically assisted detox for 48 to 72 hours under the supervision of a trained professional is a winning option.

What are the Symptoms of Oxycontin Withdrawal?

Oxycontin addiction takes hold of a person’s life rapidly. Before they know it, addiction has set in and their life is being dictated by the little pill they once thought of as a cure to their pain.


Signs and Symptoms

An individual withdrawing from Oxycontin may show the following signs and symptoms:

  • Intense cravings for Oxycontin 
  • Paranoia 
  • Flu-like symptoms 
  • Irritability and anger
  • Nausea 
  • Yawning 
  • Sadness
  • No appetite
  • Body aches
  • Pain 
  • Insomnia

What are the Oxycontin Addiction Signs?

There are common signs of Oxycontin abuse and addiction that can help you identify whether you or a loved one is addicted. Here are some of those signs. 

  • Inability to stop taking Oxycontin 
  • Taking Oxycontin outside of prescription 
  • Forging Oxycontin prescriptions in order to get more 
  • Stealing the drug 
  • Illegally buying the drug 
  • Running out of Oxycontin too quickly
  • Vomiting 
  • Nausea
  • Frequent drowsiness

Treatment for Oxycontin Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to Oxycontin, quality treatment is within your reach. Your personal treatment program will be determined by your specific needs and the level of care you need. Lasting recovery can be achieved by focusing on your personalized plan, whether that includes individual therapy, group therapy, meditation, mindfulness therapy or another behavior based therapy. For Oxycontin, there are five basic stages of treatment. Here they are: 

  • Detox

This part of the process lasts for 5 to 7 days. Detox is about removing the drugs from your body. As the drugs leave, you will go through a withdrawal that varies in intensity based on the amount of drugs you took and the length of time you spent taking them. Medically assisted detox includes the use of medicines that make opiate withdrawal more bearable. 

  • Residential Treatment 

After detox is finished, clients usually move on to a residential treatment program where they learn more coping skills, methods for stress management, techniques for identifying triggers, and more. This is all done from a residential treatment center. 

  • Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)  

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is traditionally done after residential treatment is completed and includes more in-depth therapy. The less intensive version of this is regular outpatient. 

  • Outpatient Treatment 

Outpatient treatment is a less intensive form of treatment that usually comes after someone has spent a significant amount of time in residential programming and/or IOP. 

  • Sober Living 

Sober living usually occurs after a person has gone through detox, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment, whether intensive or non-intensive. Sober living teaches life skills, helps people get jobs, and how to better integrate into society.


Virtual Treatment Center: Who Are We?

At Virtual Treatment Center, we believe quality addiction recovery and mental health services should be easily accessible to those that want or need them, because ease of accessibility is what most often leads to success. That’s why we’re committed to providing top-tier virtual mental health teletherapy and addiction recovery services to all residents of California. Although we’re located in Orange County, our online teletherapy can be accessed throughout the state. In addition to providing addiction recovery services, we treat a variety of mental health issues and offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Our teletherapy sessions are done via two-way, live interactive video or by telephone. Therapeutic visits are conducted on Zoom most often, or on other virtual platforms that adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements.


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