OxyContin is a name brand for the generic drug oxycodone, a pain reliever in the opioid family. This medication is helpful when used properly. However, any abuse of the drug can lead to a serious addiction disease.Drug abuse most often occurs when someone other than the person to whom it was prescribed consumes a prescription drug. Drug abuse also happens when the drug (or amount of the drug) taken differs from the directions. Some drugs are easy to misuse. As a result, abuse can turn to addiction very quickly. It is best to seek help from a professional rehab center with experience treating OxyContin addiction.
When Should You Consider Rehab for OxyContin?
Addiction is a disease. Like most diseases, symptoms occur to indicate a problem exists. The first symptom of addiction is the development of a tolerance to a drug. Tolerance occurs naturally as the biochemistry of the brain and body get used to certain amounts of a drug in the system. In this case, the drug user who uses OxyContin for pain management needs to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same effects as smaller doses. So, if you find that you want to ask your doctor to increase your medication because it is not working any longer, there is a chance that you have developed a tolerance to the drug. If this describes your situation, please speak with your health care professional about any concerns you have.
Not only is addiction a disease, it is a chronic disease. This means addiction tends to get worse as time goes on. Once tolerance has develops, the next phase of the disease will consist of several more symptoms, including:
- Cravings for the drug, regardless of pain levels
- Withdrawal symptoms if the drug is not available
- Placing the need to consume the drug in front of other responsibilities
- Continued use of the drug despite suffering ill effects
When these symptoms occur, it is time to seek help from a professional OxyContin rehab treatment facility. Taking this step can be frightening and confusing for everyone involved in the recovery process. Knowing what to expect can take some of that fear away.
What Is Rehab?
A treatment center is a place where an individual with an addiction can find help. The staff and professionals at a rehab facility understand the ins and outs of addiction. The trained staff of a treatment center does not judge anyone for the choices they have made in their lives that may have contributed to the disease. For example, a person with hypertension may seek medical treatment because of exposure to excessive stress. In order to control their disease, they must make better choices about the foods they eat and the amount of time spent exercising each day.
What Are the Stages of Rehab?
When an individual seeks to remove addictive drugs from their life, they will undergo several phases of rehab therapy. The first is the detoxification phase.
- Pain in the muscles and joints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trembling and cold sweats
- Nausea and vomiting
The severity of the symptoms depends on the length of the addiction and the amount of drugs consumed regularly.
After the detox phase, the individual is ready for the rehab process. A treatment program is tailored to the needs of each individual. Some recovering addicts may be in a program for a few weeks, while others may participate in therapy for several months. The needs of the individual recovering addict are always the most important aspect to consider when determining the length of stay at a rehab center.
There are two distinct types of rehab for OxyContin addiction. Depending upon the needs of an individual, he or she may choose a residential inpatient facility or an intensive outpatient program. Both approaches are effective in the treatment of OxyContin addiction. Research shows that the most effective therapy model is at least three months in treatment.
The research shows that when a recovering addict spends more time in treatment, he or she has a greater chance of reducing or stopping drug use. The good news is an OxyContin addiction is a treatable condition.
What Kind of Therapy Is Best?
There are several therapies available to help a recovering addict. Since each person is different, no one program works for everyone. Here is a summary of some of the most common forms of therapy:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment program which focuses on thought processes to change behavior.
- Contingency Management Intervention uses a system of rewards for good behavior.
- 12-step facilitation therapy is based upon the mainstream 12-step programs that focus on acceptance, surrender and active involvement.
There are other forms of therapy that help those in recovery such as art therapy, individual counseling, group counseling and more. Since addiction is chronic and reoccurring, the final phase of recovery lasts for the remainder of one’s life. Some rehab facilities may offer refresher periods where a former resident can return for a brief time. He or she may have faced the perils of relapse, or may simply fear that the cravings are becoming strong enough that they might relapse. The important thing to remember is that help is always available.
How Much Does Rehab Cost?
The amount an individual spends to achieve sobriety depends upon the needs of the individual. Because the treatment period is based upon progress and the severity of the disease, there can be no flat fee or scale set in advance. In the case of inpatient treatment, the type of facility one chooses also determines the cost. Some facilities are stately and luxurious, while others may be more medicinal.
There are several ways to help cover the costs of a rehab facility. Many insurance companies offer coverage for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Another way to cover the cost of drug addiction treatment may be to arrange for in-house financing with the treatment facility. It may be necessary to sell some luxury items to bring an individual back from the brink of this devastating disease. The long-term benefits of treatment make treatment a worthwhile investment.
If you have any questions about treatment programs at The Canyon, contact us today. We are happy to discuss financing options with you to ensure that you or your loved one gets the needed help.
 https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction Understanding Drug Use and Addiction.
 http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment/principles-effective-treatment Principles of Effective Treatment.