OxyContin is a prescription opioid that is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain. But OxyContin abuse is a serious problem, as it is one of the most common drugs responsible for opioid overdose-related deaths. In fact, more than 60% of drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.
OxyContin, often called “hillbilly heroin” or “oxy”, is abused in much the same way as heroin, another opiate. Users generally crush and snort or chew an oxy pill to get a sudden high. It can also be diluted and injected via intravenous needles.
Recognizing OxyContin Addiction
The first step in getting help for yourself or a loved one is recognizing the addiction. Some warning signs may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion, dizziness, and lethargy
- Dry mouth
You will also want to look out for stolen prescription pads or medication. A person’s legally prescribed medications will always be clearly labeled with the dose and patient’s name. Those suffering from oxy addiction might have stolen someone else’s prescription or forged their own.
Get the Treatment You Deserve
OxyContin abuse and addiction is a serious matter because it can lead to a fatal overdose due to heart attack or respiratory depression. Because of that, getting help is crucial. To start your recovery journey, you will likely have to go through an inpatient detox program because of the drug’s intense withdrawal symptoms. Then, you can move on to personalized outpatient treatment at True Recovery.
The True Recovery Difference
True Recovery offers individualized addiction recovery programs for people who are addicted to OxyContin. Our professional staff is dedicated to helping you reach your personal and rehab goals in a comfortable and safe setting, and our unique addiction treatment programs help you achieve a successful recovery from OxyContin drug abuse and other opiate addictions.
We accept a range of private insurance policies, including PPOs with out-of-network treatment benefits, and we’re happy to help you verify your insurance to ensure that you’ll be covered. Need more answers? Fill out our contact form or call today to speak with an admissions counselor.