While the opioid painkiller, OxyContin, is a godsend prescription drug for those who have severe, chronic pain, those who take it even under doctor’s advice should know they are highly susceptible to addiction. OxyContin, which is the brand name for oxycodone, is a narcotic opioid and produces effects similar to heroin (some even call it “hillbilly heroin” for this reason). The rush of euphoria, feeling of calmness, and lack of anxiety make the user crave more and more “Oxy” to function. This is the hallmark of addiction when someone cannot stop taking the desired substance because they’ve become physically dependent.
After a while, the Oxy addict may begin to become desperate for a stronger high, as using the same dose as before doesn’t produce as potent of a high. That may take the form of crushing the pills and dissolving them in water to inject the mixture into a vein. Others may snort the powder.
When followed according to the prescribing physician’s orders, OxyContin can provide much-welcome pain relief and relaxation. However, with misuse and abuse, it becomes impossible to untangle the knot and go back to where you were before, that is, without successful medical detoxification and intervention.
In the short-term, opioids provide pain relief and make users feel relaxed and euphoric. But with repeated use, the following symptoms become apparent:
When breath slows too much, the brain cannot get enough oxygen (“hypoxia”), which can cause severe short- or long-term neurological effects, even a coma, permanent brain damage, or death.
Without careful medical help, detoxing from OxyContin can be horrifically painful, and usually unsuccessful. At The PAC Program, we recommend a safe, rapid opiate detoxification process to assist with the withdrawal process of detoxing from OxyContin. After detox, you will join our inpatient residential phase where you will learn how to start life with a fresh slate, clean and sober.
At The PAC Program, we have specific training to treat drug addiction for young men between the ages of 18 and 30. An all-male rehab is beneficial to our residents because men and women react differently to drugs and experience addiction differently. We believe gender-segregated drug rehabilitation is the right course for most people who seek to beat their addictions through various therapeutically beneficial programs — from one-on-one and group therapy to outdoor activities and holistic therapy.
If you or a loved one needs help, please call us at
623-523-4748 and our team at Blueprints For Recovery in Arizona will help.