OxyContin Abuse Stats and How We Can Help
OxyContin is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. In generic form, it is called oxycodone. It is classified by the U.S. government as Schedule II controlled substance and carries a boxed warning due to abuse potential.
Synthesized from the same opium poppy plant that produces morphine and heroin, OxyContin is only legally dispensed with a prescription. It is reserved for patients who require around-the-clock pain relief, for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.
Warnings, Risks and Dangers of OxyContin
The manufacturer of OxyContin warns of the inherent risks of addiction, abuse and misuse. Some abusers chew or smash the pills into a powder, then snort or inject the drug for fast absorption in the body.
Because OxyContin is an extended-release drug, it is formulated to be absorbed slowly over a 12-hour period. But when crushed or chewed, it bypasses the intrinsic time-release qualities and delivers a much stronger dose immediately.
OxyContin is arguably the most abused opioid in the nation. Preferred by drug users because of its pure concentration of oxycodone, this formulation proves intensely strong and highly addictive.
Generic oxycodone is usually mixed with another medication – such as acetaminophen in the production of Percocet – and usually lasts 4 to 6 hours. Both the generic and the brand-name versions of the drug are abused in widespread proportions.
OxyContin Street Use
Dealers sell OxyContin on the streets under names such as:
- Hillbilly Heroin
Perhaps more commonly, those who use OxyContin illegally get it from a family member’s or friend’s medicine cabinet.
What Is OxyContin Addiction Like?
Even those who take OxyContin properly, as prescribed by their doctor, can become addicted. Anyone taking the drug for an extended period of time will be at risk for dependency. The body comes to rely on the medication, and stopping it becomes more difficult the longer someone uses it.
Potential OxyContin withdrawal symptoms include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Stomach pains
- Pain (real or phantom)
Tolerance is also a common issue. Over time, the dose that relieved a person’s pain or got them high no longer has the same effect. The user may then seek a higher dose, elevating his or her risk for overdose and even death.
The Nationwide Impact
We are a nation in the grip of an opioid crisis.
Although it is difficult to assess the exact number of those misusing or abusing prescription drugs for various reasons – such as a lack of enough studies and individuals’ aversion to admitting drug use – we do know the problem of prescription drug addiction has grown exponentially over time.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more than 10 million U.S. adults admitted to misusing prescription opioids in 2012 through 2013. The nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled over the 10 years preceding the report.
One study showed that roughly 490,000 emergency department visits in one year involved prescription opioid pain relievers. That translates to nonmedical opioid use causing almost 40 percent of all drug-related emergency room visits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Overdoses on prescription opioids have claimed over 200,000 lives in the U.S., and thousands of people grapple for recovery. If you are impacted by this problem, you are not alone.
OxyContin Addiction Awareness
The number of people seeking prescription drug addiction treatment is increasing.
The statistical group with the highest percentage of recreational opioid users is males between the ages of 25 and 34. Unfortunately, young men often do not seek help because of the stigma of being seen as a drug addict or criminal.
Until the prevailing attitude becomes more understanding of people with addiction to OxyContin and it is viewed as a legitimate psychiatric disorder, many young addicted men will not seek out treatment on their own. Oftentimes, it takes a parent or family member to intervene and get the young man the help he needs.
If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction to OxyContin, Reflections Recovery Center can help. The first step lies in acknowledging the problem.
Reflections Recovery Center Can Help
Research has shown that someone trying to overcome substance abuse will achieve success more aptly when he has a support system. Offering a support system and a faculty of trained professionals at Reflections Recovery Center in Prescott, Arizona provides an invaluable advantage in rehabilitation.
A unique benefit here at Reflections Recovery Center, we offer an additional layer of support in fostering peer relationships. In building camaraderie among our tightly knit group of male clients, men gain the friendship and support needed at a difficult time in their lives. We realize someone going through the same struggle can relate with firsthand understanding. Additionally, we understand that addiction support groups are a key part of the rehab process.
Our staff cares deeply for each client and his path to wholeness and well-being. We’re proud of our innovative primary program, which uniquely offers separate facilities for both residential housing and outpatient treatment.
Our top-notch medical professionals will guide the client who’s contending with OxyContin addiction through the most advanced clinical therapies available. Our licensed therapists and holistic specialists also step in to help our guests recover physically, emotionally and spiritually.
What to Expect in OxyContin Addiction Treatment
When new clients arrive at Reflections Recovery Center, they receive a psychiatric evaluation to determine their individual emotional and physical needs.
Detoxification is typically needed in OxyContin addiction recovery. If determined necessary, the client has the option of undergoing medically assisted detox. However, if the client feels more comfortable not using medicine to detox, we can accommodate that as well.
The importance of not going through detox alone cannot be overstated.
From the start of detox, we initiate a focus on nutrition as a part of our health and wellness program. Our clients enjoy the healthy meals and supplements necessary to replenish the nutrients inevitably lost during drug use.
By offering interventions and detox through residential treatment and aftercare, Reflections Recovery Center covers the gamut of rehabilitation for men addicted to OxyContin.