OxyContin Addiction: Signs, Risks & Treatment Options
Painkiller addiction hurts. If you are suffering from this disease, you’re not alone — over 2.5 million other Americans are suffering alongside you. Despite this, only about 10% of people who have an addiction will get the treatment they need to heal.
Even though you know that OxyContin is hurting you, it is still difficult to seek treatment. We understand — some of us on staff at The Recovery Village Ridgefield are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. We know what it’s like to tell yourself every day that you’ll stop, and we know the feeling of failure when stopping proves impossible. Today we’re here to tell you that recovery can happen for you, too — but you can’t do it alone.
How OxyContin Affects the Body
OxyContin (a common brand name for the drug oxycodone) is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. As an opioid, it is a chemical relative of heroin — and just as addictive.
Oxycodone acts not only on your brain’s pain receptors but also on its pleasure receptors. Thus, when you take the drug, your reward system receives a powerful euphoria or “high.” Your brain quickly becomes accustomed to this boost, and urges you to experience an opioid high as often and as intensely as possible. You can see why it is so easy to develop a tolerance — and then an addiction — to OxyContin.
How OxyContin Addiction Begins
Many Americans’ opioid addictions began at the doctor’s office. Doctors prescribe OxyContin — an intense, highly effective painkiller — to help manage serious pain. As time passes, even after their pain has subsided, patients sometimes can’t find a sense of normalcy without taking the medication. In those instances, the person continues taking OxyContin even though the painkiller is not medically necessary anymore.
The habit-forming effects of using OxyContin and other opioids often counteract the positive results that stem from these drugs.
If you experience chronic pain, you may understandably fear that entering painkiller addiction treatment means returning to constant discomfort. This worry could not be further from the truth. At The Recovery Village Ridgefield, our compassionate doctors will prioritize pain alleviation for you so that you do not suffer in recovery.
What Are the Signs of OxyContin Addiction?
OxyContin addiction is deadly — in 2014, over 28,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. Many of these people were suffering from substance use disorder. Thus, it is critical that you honestly assess whether you are showing symptoms of opioid addiction.
OxyContin addiction signs include:
- Inability to stop using painkillers
- Obtaining prescriptions from multiple doctors and pharmacies
- Continuing painkiller use after medical condition improved
- Stealing medication, money or valuable objects
- Lying about usage
- Devoting much time to painkiller acquisition
- Forgetting recent occurrences
Addiction is not your fault. It is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. Just like other chronic, relapsing medical conditions such as diabetes, substance use disorder requires medical treatment.
How Bad Is OxyContin Addiction in Washington State?
Washingtonians are experiencing an opioid epidemic, suffering from addiction to drugs from oxycodone to heroin. The Seattle region has been inundated with OxyContin from Los Angeles, causing even more hurt for Washingtonians who suffer from addiction.
Some treatment centers in Washington State — such as The Recovery Village Ridgefield — have responded to this epidemic by offering holistic rehab. This treatment method focuses on healing addiction disease from the inside out by using both evidence-based and alternative therapies.
OxyContin Addiction Treatment and Recovery in Washington
If you are suffering from OxyContin addiction, consider doing drug rehab in Washington State. We invite you to visit us at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. Our beautiful campus — tucked into the Cascade Mountains — has proven to be a peaceful location for our clients to experience the healing power of holistic drug treatment.
Vancouver, WA, is just down the road; Portland is about 35 minutes away; Seattle is a few hours’ drive. Those who come to Ridgefield for treatment are alway close to a major airport but far from the distractions of urban life.
Our dedicated team of therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals offers individualized treatment — each person who comes to us for help receives a personalized rehab plan. Because some of us on staff have experienced the pain of addiction, we go beyond providing expert care — we offer genuine understanding as well.
If you need someone to talk to, we are here for you. Perhaps you have questions: Is rehab covered by insurance? Should I do inpatient or outpatient treatment? We’re always available to talk you through your situation and help you choose the best option to bring you back to health.
It’s never too late for recovery. No matter what you’ve been through, you deserve to have your life back. We are here to help you take the first step. Just get in touch.
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