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Oxycontin is a powerful and highly habit-forming painkiller, one that is responsible for millions of cases of addiction annually. Opiate pain medications like Oxycontin are prescribed at alarming rates. The drug’s potency makes it especially addictive. According to a study published by ABC News, pain medications that contain small amounts of oxycodone – an active pain reliever similar to morphine – usually contain around 5mg of the drug. On the other hand, Oxycontin contains between 40 and 160mg of the drug. The medication is time-released, meaning that is slowly released into the body over an extended period of time – usually around 12 hours. In 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that 182,748 emergency rooms visits in the U.S. were the result of oxycodone use or abuse.
It was also reported that around 24 percent of high school seniors admitted to using prescription drugs that they were not prescribed at least once during their lives. A shocking 70 percent of high school seniors who admitted to experimenting with prescription drugs had stolen them from a relative or received them from a friend. Clearly, prescription painkiller abuse is a major problem across the board though it is especially common amongst youth. Because young people have easy access to unused or expired prescriptions, they engage in Oxycontin abuse more frequently than any other demographic. If you or someone you know has been experimenting with prescription painkillers, it is crucial that professional help is immediately sought. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we have extensive experience working with those who have been struggling with Oxycontin addiction and helping them safely withdraw in a medical facility and seamlessly transition to the next stage of their recovery.
While symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal are similar to the symptoms of withdrawal associated with other pain medications, they can be significantly more severe depending on the duration of use and the amount of the drug that was being ingested on a daily basis. Because Oxycontin is an extended release painkiller – unlike Vicodin or Percocet, for example – the withdrawal period might take longer than it would if a different painkiller was involved. In most cases there are three distinct phases of Oxycontin withdrawal. These phases are the early withdrawal phase (where symptoms are uncomfortable but not too severe), the acute withdrawal phase (where the symptoms are most severe and potentially life-threatening if left untreated) and the post-acute withdrawal phase (where symptoms are not life-threatening, but still uncomfortable). The early and acute withdrawal stages will typically last around one or two weeks while the post-acute withdrawal stage can last for months.
Symptoms of early Oxycontin withdrawal include:
- Major changes in sleep patterns, often including severe insomnia.
- Mood swings, often characterized by extreme agitation and irritability
- Body aches and cramping, sore muscles and joints
- Flu-like symptoms including fever, runny nose, cold sweats and chills
Symptoms of acute Oxycontin withdrawal include:
- Gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils and blurred vision
- Reduced appetite
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations
- Shivering and reduced body temperature
Symptoms of post-acute Oxycontin withdrawal include:
- Ongoing sleep issues.
- Anxiety and depression
- Ongoing mood swings and irritability
Oxycontin is a powerful painkiller, but even though the symptoms of withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant to experience they are rarely life-threatening when treated by a team of medical professionals. Princeton Detox is dedicated to helping men and women of all ages begin on the road to recovery. Detox is a necessary first step in every recovery journey, seeing as it allows for addicts and alcoholics to safely withdraw in a supportive and safe environment.
Oxycontin Detox Services
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we offer a comprehensive list of detox services to ensure that each individual patient only needs to undergo the pain of withdrawal one time – our main goal is to make sure that our patients get thorough and adequate care so that the first time they receive treatment is also the last time. Our highly individualized services help patients overcome symptoms of withdrawal quickly while simultaneously preparing them for the remainder of the treatment process.
Our Oxycontin Detox Services:
- 24-hour care and supervision
It is vital that those who are new to sobriety have 24-hour supervision. Cravings are the most intense during the first several weeks, and patients are at a greater flight risk when they first enter into a detox program. We offer 24-hour supervision to ensure that our patients have constant access to the care that they need.
Prescribing physicians on staff, who will prescribe anti-craving medications whenever necessary.
Our on-staff physicians will prescribe medications to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal whenever necessary. If a patient is experiencing severe Oxycontin cravings, medications like Suboxone might help short-term. We will carefully analyze every case and determine which course of action is best to take.
- The treatment of co-occurring disorders
Patients who have co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder will see our on-stall psychiatrist, who will prescribe any psychiatric medications that are deemed necessary. We will also ensure that dual diagnosis patients transfer to an appropriate treatment center.
- A thorough introduction to 12 step programs
We introduce all of our detox patients to the 12 step system, and offer daily meetings for patients to participate in when they are feeling up to doing so.
Therapy and counseling are a crucial part of inpatient treatment, and getting patients started with therapeutic intervention as quickly as possible is always a good idea. We offer one-on-one and group therapy sessions to all of our detox patients.
- A personal case manager
Upon admission, every patient will be assigned a case manager who will help him or her along through the entire journey of recovery. Case managers will get to know patients on a highly personal level, and will work closely with them in developing a long-term treatment plan and creating and achieving unique treatment goals.
- A personalized post-treatment plan
Recovery doesn’t end when a personal graduates from inpatient treatment – in fact, this is when the journey of recovery is truly just beginning. Our case managers will work hard to develop unique post-treatment plans custom tailored to unique needs and personal goals.
- Any additional resources that are deemed necessary
We make sure that all needs are being met, no matter what they may be. At Princeton Detox we understand that addiction is not a one-size-fits all disease and that every individual detox experience will be completely different.
- Family support and counseling
We offer counseling services to the family members of our patients, and we do everything we can to keep them involved every step of the way. We understand that this is a trying time for everyone and that family members will need additional support and guidance.
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Princeton Detox & Oxycontin Addiction Recovery
Oxycontin is a difficult drug to quit without comprehensive medical treatment. Though the symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal are not generally life-threatening, resulting complications can be lethal if not treated quickly and effectively by a team of medical professionals. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we have been working tirelessly to treat those struggling with Oxycontin addiction, getting them started on the road to recovery. Not only do we offer personalized and in-depth detox services but we make sure that ongoing care is covered – from inpatient addiction treatment to long-term aftercare. For more information on our comprehensive program of Oxycontin addiction recovery give us a call today. We are happy to answer any and all questions that you have.