OxyContin Addiction Withdrawal

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[1] 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[2] 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.

Continued drug use despite negative consequences is a sign of addiction. This disease will give individuals any and every reason to continue to take OxyContin. Avoiding withdrawal is just one more excuse allowing addiction to continue controlling a life.

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[3] 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.

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

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The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team