OxyContin is a name brand for the generic drug oxycodone, which is a pain reliever in the opioid family. It is a helpful medication when used correctly; however, any abuse of the drug can lead to a serious addiction disease.
Drug abuse occurs when a prescription drug is consumed by someone other than the person to whom it was prescribed, or when the reasons for taking the drug and the amounts taken differ from the directions. These types of drugs are easy to misuse, and abuse can turn to addiction very quickly. Seeking help from a professional rehab center, experienced in treating OxyContin addiction, in the earliest stages of addiction can benefit anyone who believes they may have developed an addiction to this powerful painkiller.
Addiction is a disease. Like most diseases, symptoms occur to indicate that there is a problem. The first symptom of addiction is developing 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. The drug user, in this case the patient prescribed OxyContin for pain management, will need to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same effects as previous, smaller doses achieved. If you find that you are asking 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. It is recommended at this point that you speak with your health care professional about concerns you may have in this regard.
Not only is addiction a disease, but it is a chronic disease that tends to get worse as time goes on. Once tolerance has developed, 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, like family or school
- Continued use of the drug even though you are suffering ill effects, such as legal complications, lost relationships or loss of employment
What Is Rehab?
When an individual seeks to eradicate addictive drugs like OxyContin from their life, they will undergo several phases of rehab therapy. The first is the detoxification phase.
OxyContin withdrawalmight include various unpleasant side effects, such as:
- Increased pain in the muscles and joints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trembling and cold sweats
- Nausea and vomiting
The severity of the symptoms and how long they last will vary between each person based on how long they have suffered from addiction and how much of the drugs they consume regularly, but they generally last for a few days.
After the detox phase has run its course, the recovering addict is ready for the bulk of 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 continue intensive 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 are effective in the treatment of OxyContin addiction, but according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most effective therapy model is at least three months in treatment, based upon national research.
The research goes on to show that when a recovering addict spends more time in treatment, they have a greater chance of significantly reducing or stopping their unhealthy drug use.
Currently, there is no cure available for the disease of addiction. It is a rather complex illness that affects the brain, as well as many other body systems after prolonged exposure. When an individual suffers from this disease, it is important to understand that treatment does not always work the first time. Relapse is a common, and can occur even years into successful treatments. When a recovering addict falls into relapse, it does not mean that the treatment process has failed. It simply means that adjustments are required to help the recovering addict maintain sobriety in the future.
There are several therapies available at most rehab centers that can help a recovering addict. Since each person is different, no one program will work for everyone. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment program that works as a partnership between the therapist and the recovering addict. The recovering addict learns to recognize certain thought processes and learned behaviors as well as appropriate skills to change behavior for the better.
Another type of therapy is Contingency Management Intervention or the use of motivational incentives. This type of therapy is a system of rewards for appropriate decision-making practices as it relates to controlling oneÍs addiction. When a recovering addict provides a healthy drug test during the rehab period, he or she is awarded a prize. Prizes are generally low cost and might include movie passes or other vouchers for products and services. This program has been beneficial for keeping individuals in rehab longer, which provides for a stronger and healthier lifestyle once the main rehab period has ended.
One very popular method for treating OxyContin addiction is 12-step facilitation therapy. This is based upon the mainstream 12-step programs that focus on acceptance, surrender and active involvement. Acceptance means admitting that one is not in control of their disease and that willpower alone will not solve the problem. Surrender is the process of turning oneÍs problems over to a higher power and accepting the fellowship offered by oneÍs peers. Finally, active involvement means that an individual must participate in meetings on a regular basis _ as often as daily or twice daily _ in order to help oneself by helping others.
The final stage of OxyContin treatment is the longest. Since addiction is chronic and reoccurring, the final phase of recovery will last for the remainder of oneÍs life. Cravings often diminish over time, but there is no way to gauge whether an individual is in a position to begin using a drug legitimately once they have developed an addiction to it. 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.
The amount that an individual spends to achieve sobriety will depend upon 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 will also determine 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, however. More and more insurance companies are offering coverage for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, according to the HBO Addiction Project (in association with the National Institute on Drug Abuse). The overall health and welfare of you or your family member who may be suffering from addiction is worth fighting for when it comes to insurance coverage.
Another means to finance OxyContin addiction treatment may be to arrange for in-house financing with the treatment facility, or to secure a loan against oneÍs home or personal property. It may be necessary to sell recreational vehicles or other luxury items to bring an individual back from the brink of this devastating disease. The long-term benefits of treatment make it, far more than any other, a worthwhile investment.
If you have any questions about The Canyon treatment programs, contact us today. We are happy to discuss financing options with you to ensure that you or your loved one gets the needed help.