Use And Abuse – What Is OxyContin

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In terms of prescribed or recreational drugs, OxyContin has not been around as long as many that are available. But it has caused more damage than most. While it has some highly effective uses, it also carries danger.

What is OxyContin?

Developed in 1995 its target market is for those who require 24/7 pain relief. This time-released pain reliever means those in need do not have to take pills so often. The effects of a dose last for around 12 hours.

This medication contains the opioid drug oxycodone which is like heroin, methadone, morphine and codeine.

Why is it effective for such long periods?

This is thanks to its time release qualities. When taken orally only part of the oxycodone is initially released. From there it slowly releases into the body thanks to the coating.

Is it safe to use?

Those genuinely using the drug for long-term pain relief, taking it as prescribed, and following guidelines given by their health practitioner should find it safe to use.

Having said this, regular use means that many users find they need more of the drug to achieve the same effect. This is because your body and mind quickly become tolerant too it thus making it potentially addictive.

What is OxyContin when abused?

In short: Extremely dangerous. It can quickly cause dependence and in all likelihood lead to addiction.

This is where unsafe use comes very strongly into play. It is used recreationally by those looking for a positive and highly effective “rush”.

Instead of allowing the drug to dissolve into the body at its correct pace such users will either chew or crush the pill to release all of the oxycodone at once.

While this may seem like a great idea to those looking to get high, many users underestimate the strength and amount of oxycodone they are taking, they also find that dependence and addiction can quickly follow.

Those who crush the pill will generally snort or inject it bringing a host of new problems to the table.

Many observers claim that regular recreational use of this drug is a gateway to heroin use and abuse. They also state such use is a surefire recipe for professional rehabilitation services to be called upon.

Signs – What is OxyContin addiction?

As with all drugs there are some questions OxyContin users need to address. Here are just 6. If you acknowledge the majority of these then seeking help is a must.

Increased use: You find you require more of the drug to achieve the same high. As has already been mentioned, this is because your mind and body are becoming more tolerant.

Personality change: The desire and need for a “hit” becomes a major priority. Everything else becomes secondary and your mood, energy levels and concentration span are adversely affected.

Social isolation: You find yourself withdrawing from “normal” contacts such as friends and family, and are drawn by need to other users or dealers.

Changes in your normal routine and appearance: Personal hygiene and appearance take a back seat, eating and sleeping habits become disrupted, glazed eyes, a constant cough and a general run-down look and feel become the norm.

Neglecting responsibilities: The likelihood of missing work because you are “sick” becomes more frequent, daily chores you once carried out as a matter of course are put to one side and attention to bills or appointments are neglected.

Overreaction: You overreact to minor incidents, become defensive and say things to others you know are wrong or too harsh.

Where can you seek help?

What is OxyContin doing to my mind, body and life? It is a brave step indeed when you can answer this question honestly. In essence the drug will have become all consuming. However, one you have accepted this fact you are opening the door to withdrawal and recovery.

Two options we will consider are via your health practitioner and the use of qualified rehabilitation services.

Help from your doctor:

Many users will make their doctor the first port of call. While this is a sensible decision there are potential issues that could derail attempts to kick your habit.

Your doctor should listen and understand your concerns, they should then put in place a ‘tapering’ plan. This means a gradual reduction of your dose over a flexible timeframe will be established. You will also arrange regular appointments to enable the doctor to monitor your progress.

While this option is certainly a step in the right direction, you will not be seeing your doctor on a daily basis and you will be living in your usual environment.

This means the temptation to mix with other users, or visit a dealer looms large. It also means that the slightest setback in your circumstance or feelings could quickly have you searching for “just one more hit”.

Help from an inpatient luxury rehab centre:

This option is certainly one that will give you the best chance of recovery. Let’s match the 6 signs of addiction with 6 reasons why.

Cost: This may seem like a strange one to begin with, but it is a fact that many addicts shy away from even looking at rehabilitation establishments because they believe the cost of such treatment is way beyond their means.

While this may be the case in most western countries, there is an alternative. This is the use of an overseas rehab resort, a point in case is Dara Thailand.

Environment: In many cases it is vital that you leave your current environment for a setting that is relaxed, comfortable and conducive to recovery. Dara has a centre in Thailand, in the beautiful island of Koh Chang.

Professional, caring staff: Every staff member is professionally certified in helping users overcome their addiction through care and proven treatment methods.

Treatment: Dara have developed an Integrated Treatment Model (ITM) which approaches treatment from physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects which include a variety of individual and group activities. They have also devised 2 trademark programs to give addicts the best chance of recovery

Success rate: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”. This old saying certainly hits the mark with Dara. Their treatment completion rate is 92% which compares very favourably with that of other facilities which is under 50%.

Ongoing support: Often overlooked or not followed through. It is essential that you receive long term ongoing support. Dara offers a variety of options with one that is sure to fit your needs and preference. Such counselling and care give you the best chance possible to beat what is OxyContin addiction.

 

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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