About Oxycodone Addiction
Oxycodone is a pain reliever that is prescribed to help manage moderate to severe pain. This drug is a synthetic opiate painkiller used in patients with chronic pain often associated with certain types of cancers, cardiac pain or extensive burns. Oxycodone come in a time-release formula that allows for hours of pain relief in a single dose. Like opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone gives users a sense of euphoria and wellbeing that can become addicting. The likelihood of developing a dependence to oxycodone is a very really issue, as long term, and even short term use of the medication will cause tolerance.
Oxycodone addiction often occurs when individuals do not commit to following the prescribed dosing for their medication. When people take more than the amount prescribed in one dose, or increase the frequency of their dosing, the risk that oxycodone addiction will occur is very high. Prescribing physicians should be closely monitoring their patients for signs and symptoms of addiction and take steps to keep patients on the right track. The reality is that many doctors do not fully understand the addictive qualities of opiate medications, and do not take the time to make their patients aware of the risks before dispensing medications. Oxycodone addiction has become a growing concern over the past decades, and has fueled the need for inpatient rehab centers across the United States.
Oxycodone Addiction Dangers
While the pain relieving benefits of oxycodone help many individuals suffering from chronic pain due to illnesses and injury, the dangers associated with oxycodone use have become a major cause for concern. The pleasurable side effects of oxycodone drive many patients to take the drug outside the parameters of the written prescription. Despite knowing the risks associated with oxycodone addiction many patients still take far more than recommended. Because of oxycodone’s opiate roots, the high that individuals experience is much like that of heroin. In fact, it is reported that patients addicted to oxycodone and similar opiate based drugs, are as high as 40 times more likely to turn to heroin abuse. The risk of overdose due to oxycodone addiction is very real as the drug can cause depressed respirations and dangerous drops in blood pressure. Should you suspect someone you love is struggling with oxycodone addiction give our rehab center in Huntington Beach a call today.
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Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction
Physical Symptoms of Addiction
Behavioral Symptoms of Addiction
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation and stomach pains
- Low blood pressure
- Headache and dizziness
- Decreased respirations
- Dry mouth
- Pinpoint pupils
- Stealing money and pills
- Hiding or denying pill use
- Multiple prescriptions from different doctors
- Prescription fraud
- Stashing pills away
- Financial difficulties
- Isolation from friends and activities
- Loss of interest in responsibilities
- Strained relationships with loved ones
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
Psychological Symptoms of Addiction
Mood Symptoms of Addiction
- Addictive behaviors
- Drug seeking
- Symptoms of mental illness
- Anxiety and depression
- Extreme Mood swings
- Extreme irritability
Effects of Oxycodone Addiction
The effects oxycodone addiction has on an individuals life can be far reaching and destructive. Since drug seeking behaviors often take over as the main motivation for an drug addict, it is not surprising that people struggling with oxycodone addiction experience loss on all fronts. One of the first things that suffers is interpersonal relationships. Should you notice that your loved one has pulled away from you and is doing things that are damaging and hurtful, give our counselors a call today. The emotional toll that oxycodone addiction takes on a family can often result in divorce, loss of children, homelessness, and job loss. Any one of these would be devastating for most to sort through, but when drug addiction is the cause, many things often fall apart at once.
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