Oxycodone Addiction Treatment at Castle Craig
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Individuals, families, and healthcare systems are struggling to cope with the consequences of drug misuse and substance use disorders.
The misuse of oxycodone can have devastating effects and all too often end lives prematurely.
The use of painkillers such as oxycodone is normalized, heavily marketed, and a legitimate solution to pain, but are also habit-forming and readily available.
This means they are easily abused and often lead to addiction. Here we explore oxycodone, its effects on the body, signs of abuse, and recovery from oxycodone addiction.
What Is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid drug prescribed in pill or liquid form. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain after surgery or due to illness. Still, it is not usually recommended for the treatment of chronic (long-term) pain as it is one of the most abused prescription medications.
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You may know oxycodone as the prescribed drugs Tylox®, Percodan®, OxyContin® or by one of its “street” names such as Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OC, Ox, Roxy, Perc, or Oxy.
Derived from the poppy plant, oxycodone works directly on opioid receptors in the central nervous system which has the effect of reducing feelings of pain. Because of its pleasurable side effects, oxycodone is commonly used recreationally.
Due to the way the drug acts on the brain, it can be habit-forming – whether you are taking illicit non-medical doses or as prescribed by your doctor – and so has a high potential for abuse. As such, in 2001, physicians were warned against prescribing oxycodone for mild or temporary pain. More.
Side Effects of Oxycodone
Dependence on the drug may result in both mental and physical side effects. Some common side effects of oxycodone that you might experience include:
- Digestive system pain
- Dry mouth/Headaches/Dizziness
- Weakness or lack of energy
- Mood swings
Depending on the period you have been using oxycodone or the dose you are taking, you might experience some of the more serious side effects. Drugs affect everyone differently and these side effects differ from person to person. With oxycodone, you might also experience some of the following symptoms:
- Breathing problems that lead to fainting
- Sleep apnea
- Low blood pressure and/or seizures.
If you stop taking the drug abruptly, there is a risk of discontinuation syndrome, which can cause:
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Sweating or muscle aches
Signs of Oxycodone Abuse
Oxycodone dependence or abuse can be hard to recognize if you don’t know what to look out for. The use of painkillers has always been a legitimate solution to pain, previously heavily marketed, with no paraphernalia required for use.
This makes it very easy to deny problematic use of oxycodone, whether that be relating to yourself, a relative or a friend.
Knowing the signs of oxycodone abuse can help you know when you or someone you love is slipping into addiction, allow them to get help early on, and prevent serious issues associated with drug abuse.
Some common signs of oxycodone use include taking more of the drug than your doctor prescribes, taking the drug when you don’t need it, continuing to use the drug despite negative consequences (relationships with family and friends, work commitments, etc.), self-neglect, and lying to yourself and others about how much you’re taking.
You may also experience physical side effects which include chronic tiredness, muscle weakness, digestive pain and trouble with sleep.
Before therapeutic treatment can start, you may need to go through a detoxification process from oxycodone. It is important to seek medical support when withdrawing from oxycodone, rather than stopping use abruptly.
The latter, depending on usage, may trigger a discontinuation syndrome which can be dangerous and challenging to overcome on your own.
Opioid discontinuation syndrome is often experienced as mild to severe flu-like symptoms which include insomnia, pupillary dilation, muscle aches, nausea, fever, sweating, vomiting, and diarrhoea but a medical detox can make the process more comfortable for you.
Stopping opioids can be difficult. With the right help, it is possible, and you are much more likely to find freedom if you work with a healthcare team that can plan your taper schedule and manages your symptoms.
When you are ready to start an oxycodone detox, a clinical evaluation will help you understand the safest path for you to find sobriety. This may be with traditional treatment agents or new research that suggests the psychoactive substance Ibogaine has proven effective. More.
Oxycodone Detox Timeline
Oxycodone detox involves ongoing medical supervision and round-the-clock care from nursing staff. The duration of withdrawal from oxycodone is tailored to your needs and is determined by:
- how long you have been using oxycodone
- how much oxycodone you have been taking
- how frequently you have been taking oxycodone
- how you have been taking oxycodone
- your medical history
- Days 1-2: Typically, withdrawal begins 8-12 hours after your last dose of oxycodone, and relapse is most common during this window. The first symptoms of withdrawal you may experience include muscle and joint aches, nausea, cravings, irritability, headaches, restlessness, rapid breathing, appetite loss, fatigue, anxiety, pupil dilation, and extreme sweating.
- Days 3-5: Withdrawal symptoms can be most severe a few days after your last dose when muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting, shaking, and cramps may be experienced.
- Days 6-7: You will now start to notice the physical symptoms start to dissipate but you may still experience psychological symptoms as the tail end of oxycodone withdrawal leads to anxiety and depression.
- Days 8+: Once the oxycodone has been detoxed from your body the psychological impact of overcoming an oxycodone addiction will become apparent and will be carefully handled to prevent relapse.
Following your detox from oxycodone, it will most likely be recommended that you continue treatment in a therapeutic residential rehabilitation centre which typically offers 30, 60, or 90-day programmes.
The length of time you stay will depend on various factors, including clinical recommendations and the programme you choose.
Inpatient treatment centres allow you the time and space to recover from your addiction without being exposed to relapse triggers. Inpatient treatment usually includes a combination of one-to-one and group therapy to help you understand any underlying issues that led to you becoming addicted to oxycodone.
Depending on the treatment centre, you may also attend recovery meetings, educational talks, and relapse prevention sessions. A combination of complementary therapies is sometimes offered and a routine of regular meals and exercise will help you regain your physical strength and mental well-being.
If you or someone you know is abusing oxycodone or any of its brand names (OxyContin, OxyIR, OxyFast, Percocet, and Percodan) it can be frightening and feel hopeless. But help is available and people do recover. Contact us today and find out how we can help you discover a life free from addiction.
How Can Castle Craig Help?
How Do I Pay For Rehab?
One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.
How Long Is the Rehab Programme?
Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.
Who Will I Speak to When I Call?
When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.
What Happens at the End of My Treatment?
Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.