Oxy’s, short for Oxycontin, are a prescription opioid that has been responsible for countless deaths, hospitalizations, and addictions. People are quickly hooked on this pain medication that is more powerful than Vicodin.
For many people, Oxy’s addiction begins harmlessly when they are prescribed the drug to treat pain. Because opiate medications are highly addictive, they are best used for short periods of time and only under the watchful eye of a physician.
Unfortunately, today’s doctors are often too busy to notice when a patient has been on a drug for too long, or is showing signs of tolerance, dependence and addiction.
In recent years, there has been a near-epidemic of people addicted to prescription drugslike Oxy’s. In fact, Oxy’s are probably one of the most popular and abused prescription opioids out there. The drug is particularly popular among teens, who may have first found the drug in a family member’s medicine cabinet, or were introduced at a party.
In response to this growing problem, tighter regulations have been put in place to help reduce the problem. Abuse-resistant pills and better education of professionals has reduced the amount of drugs that are getting out on the street due to overprescribing, but the problem is already in full swing.
What Are The Signs Of Oxy’s Addiction?
Are you wondering if you have an Oxycontin addiction? It can be hard to self-diagnose a drug problem. No one wants to think that they have an addiction. The fact that denial is a major characteristic of addiction doesn’t make it any easier. Denial is a defense mechanism that is very powerful and is a big barrier to getting help.
Here are some things to look for if you are wondering if you have a problem:
- If you are wondering whether or not you have a problem, there is a strong likelihood that you do.
- The medication isn’t working the way it is supposed to, and you find yourself taking more of it to get the same effect.
- You are taking it even though you aren’t experiencing pain/injury.
- Your prescription has run out, and now you are having to buy Oxy’s from other people.
- You have exaggerated/fabricated an injury or condition in order to get a prescription for Oxy’s or another medication.
- You feel anxious or agitated when you are getting low on Oxy’s.
- When you don’t take Oxy’s you begin to have withdrawal symptoms (this is a sign of dependence, and should be brought up with your doctor so he/she can help you detox safely).
- You find yourself avoiding family and friends.
- You have tried to quit using Oxy’s, but keep going back. You justify this by blaming it on circumstances/other people. Example: You just went through a breakup, your job is stressful, you will quit after some big event that you have to get past, etc.
- You are having financial problems because you are spending money on Oxy’s.
If You Feel A Family Member Has An Oxy’s Addiction
Many of the above questions apply if you are wondering whether a loved one is struggling with Oxy’s addiction.
It isn’t always easy to tell, though. Because denial is so powerful, your loved one will likely insist that they don’t have a problem. They may even tell you that you are imagining things and have you doubting yourself. You may suspect the problem but don’t know for sure. It is important to go with your instincts here. Some things to look for:
- Family member seems to be avoiding spending time with you or other family and friends.
- Changes in weight, appearance and sleeping habits.
- Appears to be very sleepy during odd times, may doze off. This is known as “nodding out.”
- Unusual behavior or mood changes. He or she may become uncharacteristically agitated, hostile or irritable.
- Anxious or depressed.
- Is having difficulty meeting responsibilities. May be missing work or school or having trouble dealing with family responsibilities. He or she will always have a reason for this.
- Money problems. Borrowing money, money missing inexplicably, not paying bills on time.
- You have found pills/drug paraphernalia lying around.
What To Do About Oxy’s Addiction
If you or someone you love is struggling with Oxy’s addiction, getting help right away is very important. Oxy’s are a powerful opiate and using it can lead to overdose or other health problems. Addiction to Oxycontin can be debilitating and destructive. Addiction can wreak havoc with relationships, finances and every other aspect of life. Fortunately, An Oxy’s addiction drug rehab can help.
A drug treatment center can help you overcome your addiction with support, therapy, education and an opportunity to heal both physically and mentally. If you are ready to get help, treatment is an effective, proven way to get it.
How To Get Help
If you are seeking treatment for Oxy’s addiction, Need Rehab can connect you with a program that is right for you. Whether you are looking for treatment locally or in a different area, Need Rehab only works with and recommends the very best in drug treatment centers. Find out more by calling 877-798-2907 today.