Oxycodone Addiction and Abuse

Oxycodone, a potent painkiller, comes in many forms and is one of the most addictive drugs available by prescription.

Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone, found in Oxycontin or Percocet, is a powerful painkiller and one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the country. Many people who abuse oxycodone start out taking a prescribed amount—but as their body develops a tolerance to the drug, they need a higher dose to maintain the same relief or high.

Recognizing when someone has an addiction to Oxycodone could help save their life. Not only is it an expensive and debilitating addiction, overdose from oxycodone is a very real and potentially deadly possibility.

Descent into Oxycodone Addiction
 Dependence  Addiction
  • Taking more oxycodone than prescribed
  • Using oxycodone with friends or at parties
  • Looking for oxycodone for relief on bad days
  • Feeling intense euphoria during use
  • Craving oxycodone to cope with personal problems
  • Needing more oxycodone to achieve a high
  • Nodding off or feeling drowsy in public
  • Hiding oxycodone use or feeling deep shame
  • Prioritizing oxycodone use above all else
  • Endangering yourself or others and not caring
  • Struggling financially because of oxycodone use
  • Allowing health and relationships to deteriorate

People who are seriously hooked on oxycodone usually require a medically managed detox and a good treatment program to prevent relapse. For help finding treatment, please call us now.

Oxycodone Definition and Brands

Oxycodone is the powerful primary ingredient in many painkillers prescribed to people suffering from moderate to severe pain. These pills come in various shapes, sizes and colors depending on the dose and brand. Some of the most common brand names for oxycodone-based drugs are:

  • Oxycontin – Oxycontin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. The drug’s controlled-release formula provides chronic pain relief for up to 12 hours. Many people bypass the time-release action by crushing and snorting Oxycontin, or by dissolving the tablets in water and injecting the solution. This provides a quicker high.
  • Percocet – Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is commonly prescribed for a number of conditions with pain ranging from mild to severe. Crushing and snorting Percocet is a common method of abuse.
  • Roxicodone – Roxicodone is a rapid release formula of Oxycodone. It is often given to a patient before surgery to sedate or calm them. People who abuse Roxicodone tend to crush or melt down the tablets to be smoked or injected.

Slang or street names for Oxycodone drugs include oxy, OC’s, oxycet, oxycotton, hillbilly heroin, killers, percs, and roxi’s.

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Oxycodone Effects and Abuse

Many people abuse oxycodone for its euphoric effects. As an opioid, oxycodone’s effects are strikingly similar to heroin.

The effects of oxycodone use include:

  • Happiness
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Relaxation

Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone abuse can be hard to recognize if you don’t know what to look for. Since there is no paraphernalia and using Oxycodone is as simple as swallowing a pill, it’s easy for someone to conceal their abuse.

Knowing the signs of Oxycodone abuse can help you take notice when someone you love is slipping into addiction. Some common signs of oxycodone use include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Apathy
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Short attention-span

Immediate Side Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

The immediate side effects of oxycodone abuse range from mildly uncomfortable to potentially deadly. Even someone who only uses oxycodone as prescribed may experience side effects, including:

  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Panic attacks
  • Slowed thinking
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
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What Is Oxycodone Withdrawal?

An inpatient or outpatient treatment program and medical detoxification can help Oxycodone users reach sobriety safely and successfully. Call us now for help finding treatment.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Symptoms of withdrawal can arise within hours of the last dose. Less frequent users may experience shorter, lighter symptoms similar to the flu. Long-term, heavy users are more likely to experience symptoms similar to those of heroin withdrawal.

Common symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal include:

  • Increased appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • Restless behavior
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Duration of Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms typically appear six to 24 hours after the last dose. Within the first few days, withdrawal will be at its peak. Most of the painful symptoms taper off by the end of the week. For some, intense psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from a week to even years after quitting.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Timeline

Days 1-2 Withdrawal can begin a few hours after the last dose. Some of the first symptoms of withdrawal include muscle and joint aches, nausea and extreme sweating. Relapse is most common during this window.
Days 3-5 The worst symptoms of withdrawal usually occur a few days after the last dose. Muscle aches are still common, and nausea and vomiting are often present. Shaking and cramps can happen during this time.
Days 6-7 As the physical symptoms start to slow, the psychological ones are stronger than ever. The tail end of withdrawal leads to anxiety and depression, among other remaining physical symptoms like nausea and diarrhea.
Days 8+ Once the oxycodone has been detoxed from the body, many former users will feel remorse for things they did while high. The psychological impact of overcoming an oxycodone addiction should be carefully monitored to avoid drastic decisions or relapse.

Oxycodone-specific Treatment Centers

Inpatient treatment centers are often the best way to successfully overcome an addiction to oxycodone. They also offer treatment for co-occurring mental disorders and other substance abuse problems.

Treatment centers for oxycodone addiction can be found all over the country, but some of the most well-known centers include:

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Get Help Now

Overcoming an addiction to Oxycodone is a difficult task that should not be taken lightly. An addiction professional can make this process easier and ensure the safety of the recovering addict. Regardless of where you live, how much money you have, or how severe your addiction is, there is a treatment center that can help you recover.

Please call us today for help finding a treatment program that fits your needs.