Withdrawal occurs any time you stop taking a drug on which you are physically or psychologically dependent. You do not have to be addicted to experience withdrawal. However withdrawal symptoms are a good indicator that addiction is present or is developing. OxyContin addiction is not unusual or unlikely. The LA Times reveals, “More than 7 million Americans are estimated to have abused OxyContin since its 1996 debut.” If you struggle with OxyContin abuse, fear withdrawal or are ready to get clean, you are not alone. You do not have to be embarrassed to ask for help. No matter where you are in addiction or recovery, you will find community and support. You will find hope for a clean and healthy future.
Pain, Addiction and Withdrawal
Addiction doesn’t begin with bad intentions. It doesn’t begin with a certain personality or certain personal circumstances. Genetics, mental health, environment and personal history all contribute to addiction development, but no single factor is to blame. Some people use OxyContin as an unhealthy channel to have fun or relax. Others take the drug in an attempt to treat mental or physical pain. Addiction develops when individuals come to rely on a drug for any one of its effects. It develops when individuals do not have other tools or methods of managing stress, pain or life in general. The Globe and Mail shares, “Although some people seek fentanyl or OxyContin to get some form of high, the prevalence and potency of these drugs came out of medical necessity. Pain needed to be treated. But the first approach to pain treatment is to mask it – give a painkiller. That painkilling went from being a first response to a major strategy to deal with pain.” When individuals do not address pain, be it mental or physical, and instead mask it, OxyContin use becomes a problem. Users may recognize that OxyContin does not offer a real solution. They may recognize that it causes more problems than it solves. However fear of withdrawal and fear of the unknown after withdrawal keeps them trapped in the cycle of addiction.
The Dangers of Avoiding OxyContin Addiction Withdrawal
When you keep using OxyContin because you are worried about withdrawal and otherwise trapped by addiction, you put your life in danger. You risk your health and happiness. You risk the health and happiness of those around you. Forbes.com shares, “In 2010, the prescription opiate, oxycodone, was the primary drug implicated in overdose deaths in the U.S. But now, based on data from a new report from the CDC, heroin is the leading cause of overdose deaths.” OxyContin’s main ingredient, oxycodone, is implicated in a large percentage of overdose deaths. Those not involving OxyContin often involve heroin. These two drugs, and these two dangers, are related. Because recent formula changes have made OxyContin harder to misuse, individuals may turn to heroin for a cheaper, more accessible high. As studies reveal a shift from prescription drug abuse to use of drugs like heroin, LA Times explains, “Underlying their conclusions is the agony of withdrawal from opioids like OxyContin. Addicts suddenly deprived pills they can inject or smoke feel like they are going to die and the only relief is another opiate.” Individuals may fear withdrawal so much that they turn to illegal substances and put their lives in greater danger and discomfort than withdrawal ever will. Others who swear they would never use heroin or other street opiate will find that addiction erodes this certainty. Avoiding withdrawal leads to continued and often even worse substance abuse problems. It leads to a more difficult withdrawal when the time to recover finally does come, although no withdrawal is unmanageable. Individuals may fear pain and discomfort, but a medically supervised detox experience is safe. Medical professionals alleviate the worst withdrawal symptoms. They can integrate early therapy and alternative options for pain and stress management into the detox experience so that there is no delay between withdrawal and recovery.
Withdrawal feels like an end, but it is only a beginning. Symptoms last a few weeks or even just days. After this brief period there is a lifetime of health, happiness and recovery ahead. Call The Canyon to begin your personal journey to wellness.
 http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-oxycontin-20170109-story.html. “Heroin resurgence an ‘unintended consequence’ of attempt to curb OxyContin abuse, study finds.” LA Times. 10 Jan 2017. Web. 14 Jan 2017.
 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-is-everyone-talking-about-painkillers-but-not-about-pain/article33513858/. “Why Is Everyone Talking About Painkillers But Not About Pain?” Globe and Mail. 5 Jan 2017. Web. 14 Jan 2017.
 http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2016/12/22/heroin-is-now-the-leading-cause-of-overdose-deaths-in-the-u-s/#40e59f6b74d8. “Heroin Is Now The Leading Cause Of Overdose Deaths In The U.S.” Forbes.com. 22 Dec 2016. Web. 14 Jan 2017.