If so, a medical detox is the next step you should take. You’ve already recognized the problem, and that probably wasn’t easy, considering the stigma you’re facing as an addict in the US. A friend or family member probably helped you out, urging you to acknowledge the problem, accept it, and move forward. Detox, too, will require psychological maturity and peer support.
A powerful opiate, OxyContin often serves as a stepping stone toward heroin. OxyContin alone can be incredibly addictive, and the addiction usually happens by accident. Patients who are prescribed OxyContin for chronic pain conditions may find themselves abusing the drug (taking more than prescribed, more often that directed) to get the relief they feel they need. This happens after they develop a tolerance. Even taking OxyContin as prescribed can lead someone down the path of abuse and addiction.
For this reason, the addicted population (which is absolutely massive) is made up of all demographics: the young, the old, the rich, the poor.
After detox, addicts should enter either an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program, where the following techniques will be used to treat prolonged withdrawal:
Medication — Opiate dependency can be treated, at least partly, with pharmaceuticals. Some of these drugs serve to ease withdrawal symptoms. Others work as opiate-blockers: They stop the opiate receptors in the brain from responding to OxyContin (or any opiate drug), thus minimizing the risk of relapse. However, these medications can cause their own problems. The greatest risk is replacing one addiction with another. Typically, this can be avoided by strictly following a physician-order dosage regimen, but issues may still arise. Anyone who feels their prescribed dosage is problematic for any reason should consult with their doctor on the matter. Doctors can’t be right all the time. To some degree, patients are responsible for monitoring their own treatment.
Behavioral treatment — Cognitive behavioral therapy has proven to be extremely helpful to recovering opiate addicts. CBT runs off the notion that addiction (and other behavioral issues) is largely a product of illogical thought-processes: for a multitude of reasons, we think we need to use—and that’s why we use. Thus, addiction can be treated by showing addicts that those beliefs are false, that those fears are irrational, and that those thoughts are needlessly negative. With the help of CBT, addicts don’t just learn to abstain; they learn to want to abstain.
Most treatment programs employ a combination of pharmaceuticals and behavioral treatments. That seems to be the key, but finding the right mix can be a tricky process with lots of successes and failures along the way.
If you are suffering from OxyContin addiction—or any drug addiction—consult with your physician about treatment right away. For info on our approach to addiction here at Treatment Now, please explore our website or give us a call.
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