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Am I Addicted to Oxycontin

by De'Meko, June 12, 2013

Oxycontin Addiction and Treatment

The oxycontin addiction recovery team at Chapters Capistrano, the premier Southern California rehabilitation facility, knows how challenging oxycontin addiction can be. In order to cater to each addict’s needs and personal struggles, we create individualized treatment plans. We commit to guaranteeing your return to a drug-free life!

General Information

Oxycontin, a central nervous system depressant, is designed to decrease moderate to severe pain.  Oxycodone is the brand name of the time-release formula that is composed of Oxycontin. In 1995, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, and in 1996 they introduced the drug to the American market. By 2001, Oxycontin was the highest-selling non-generic narcotic pain reliever in America. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s data analysis determined that retail sales of Oxycontin “jumped nearly six-fold between 1997 and 2005.″ When taken according to a doctor’s instructions, Oxycontin is usually safe. However, abusing the drug can cause serious physical and psychological dependence and effects.

Effects of Oxycontin Abuse

If a person uses Oxycontin for a prolonged time unsupervised physical and mental health effects may include drowsiness, itching, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, sweating, and vomiting. As is the case with other prescription drugs, chronically abusing Oxycontin can lead to tolerance and dependence upon the drug. Consequently, consumption of the drug will most often increase to maintain the desired effect. Mixing Oxycontin with alcohol, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and other medications can have serious, if not lethal, adverse reactions including but not limited to heart failure, respiratory distress, liver or kidney failure, and heart attack.

Oxycontin Withdrawal Doesn’t Have to be Painful

The idea of withdrawing from Oxycontin can cause people great anxiety and keep them abusing the drug. Chapters Capistrano understands withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be!

Our addiction experts who lead the Oxycontin rehab program use the most traditional and safe detoxification system, a drug-specific detox. Receiving mild prescription medication, clients’ risk of seizure and withdrawal symptoms are reduced. Generally, these prescribed medications are taken in lessening amounts until the body returns to a stabilized state.

Chapters Capistrano understands the Oxycontin rehab program can be challenging, but we are here to support you through your journey! Contact the Chapters’ drug and alcohol rehab center today; call our 24-hour helpline at 949-371-4198 today.

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