OxyContin is one of America’s favorite prescription pain medications. Medical professionals often prescribe it for chronic or post-surgery pain relief. Therefore, many people develop dependencies and addictions to it without necessary illegally abusing it. If you want to end your dependence on the drug, you need to take the first step with OxyContin withdrawal.
Previously, users had three ways to take OxyContin: they could chew or crush the pills. Crushing allowed them to snort or inject the mass to enjoy a high. Then, some manufacturers such as Purdue Pharma reformulated OxyContin tablets to deter against abuse. The new formula converted crushed OxyContin tablets into a gummy substance that was difficult to snort or inject.
While this strategy made it more difficult to abuse OxyContin, it also encouraged users to make the shift to heroin. The implementation of prescription drug monitoring databases to track controlled substance prescriptions further fueled the trend.
Symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal
Long-term Oxycontin abuse leads to dependence and addiction. Furthermore, you will need to use it in larger quantities to experience the same effects.
If you cut back on your OxyContin use or begin detox, your body will need some time to adjust and heal. This is the withdrawal phase, which can last anywhere from one to three weeks.
Early symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal include sweating, muscle ache, yawning, agitation, and insomnia, among others. Later symptoms are marked by gastrointestinal problems, nausea, dilated pupils and goosebumps.
Detoxing at Home Versus a Medical Center
You should avoid detoxing at home and consider a medical detox center. When you begin OxyContin addiction treatment at Crestview Recovery, we refer you to a quality detox facility. Our recovery staff uses a variety of treatment modalities, including medical detox and non-medical detox. Our Medical Director develops OxyContin detox protocols and quality assurance throughout the entire recovery journey.
Without medical supervision and support, you could easily slip back into old habits. That’s just one risk during the detox phase. Vomiting and diarrhea are also quite common during this phase. Diarrhea will deplete your body of water and minerals, making you weak and tired.
With Crestview Recovery’s treatment program, you don’t have to self-detox. Instead, you can focus on resting, healing, and turning your life around. Our clinical and therapeutic care will handle everything else.
Medication to Manage OxyContin Withdrawal
In medically-assisted detox, medication will help you manage withdrawal symptoms more comfortably. For example, Clonidine eases anxiety, cramping, and muscle aches. Buprenorphine is used in opioid replacement therapy and lowers the intensity of OxyContin withdrawal symptoms. It also shortens the detox period.
Long-term Treatment for OxyContin Addiction
Following detox, you can start on an individualized addiction treatment program at Crestview Recovery. At our facility, you’ll find a comfortable and reassuring journey to recovery. Even if you decide to check in to our extended care program lasting 30-90 days, you will always have friends and well-wishers in your midst.
We offer a number of treatment options, including:
Our master therapists will assess your case and develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique requirements. You will understand the underlying causes of your addictive behavior and how to manage cravings to break free from dependence.
Turn your life around by beating OxyContin addiction. For more information on OxyContin withdrawal and therapies, please contact us at 866.262.0531.