Oxycodone is a semi-synthesized narcotic that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is the generic name for the brand name drugs Oxycontin and Roxicodone. The substance is given alone, and in combination with other pain relievers under a number of different brand names including:
- Percodan – Oxycodone and aspirin.
- Percocet – Oxycodone and acetaminophen.
- Oxycontin- as mentioned above which is Oxycodone; both immediate and controlled release formulations.
- OxyIR and OxyFast – Oxycodone immediate release.
Oxycodone is prescribed for long-lasting pain relief. It is similar to most other pain medications when it comes to having high addiction tendencies. The best way to overcome an Oxycodone addiction is with a proper medical detox.
The withdrawal effects of Oxycodone include high levels of anxiety, discomfort, sleep deprivation and more. In order to end the dependency on OxyCodone the pain medication must be completely purged from your system, and this requires your body to adjust. Without a proper Oxycodone detox from the prescription pain medication it can be a difficult and uncomfortable process.
Even though the detox from Oxycodone is often uncomfortable, it does not have to be extremely unpleasant. The proper way to ensure a sustained recovery from an OxyContin addiction is through a medical detox facility.
What to Expect During Oxycodone Detoxification
Detox from Oxycodone is often uncomfortable, and the withdrawal symptoms are divided into two phases: early and late.
Initial Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawals
- Runny Nose
- Muscle cramps/aches
- Sweating, Hot Flashes
Additional Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawals
- Dilated pupils
- Abdominal cramping
Onset of symptoms depends upon the degree of dependence prior to stopping Oxycodone usage. The longer and more frequent the use, the shorter the onset of symptoms.
More dependent users experience withdrawal symptoms within a shorter time period than less dependent users. However, psychological symptoms of withdrawal can last longer.
Along with Withdrawal, Addiction to Oxycodone Poses Many More Dangers:
Oxycodone Effects on the Brain
Addiction to Oxycodone gives the individual an a sense of relaxed euphoria and an elevated mood. If that sounds too good to be true it is. Oxycodone abuse can have a negative impact on a person’s thought patterns, emotions, and most of the time the individual has noticeable personality changes. After abusing Oxycodone over time it even causes mood swings, anxiety, depression, and violent outbursts.
Oxycodone Effects on the Body
Oxycodone interactions with the central nervous system. This controls areas that are associated with pleasure, pain, and automatic functions such as breathing and heart rate. A person who uses Oxycodone will experience temporary numbness to pain, along with slowed cardiovascular functioning. Oxycodone abuse can also cause itchiness, constipation, and drowsiness.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Overdose
Overdosing on opioids is very common for those who are abusing these dangerous prescription pills. An oxycodone overdose should be treated as an emergency situation and a first responder should be immediately contacted. These are some symptoms to look for in an accidental overdose of Oxycodone:
- Faint pulse or none
- Loss of consciousness
- Bluish coloration near fingertips and/or lips
- Extreme confusion or disorientation
- Shallow, slow, or labored breathing
- Not breathing
Why Oxycodone Detox at Home is Dangerous
Going “Cold Turkey” with Oxycodone is highly recommended against. The “Cold Turkey” method of detox is when an individual tries to quit the drug use independently. We see this so unsuccessful majority of the time because of the cravings combined with an extremely unpleasant withdrawal. This can be so uncomfortable, it is often unable to be tolerated without medications, guidance and encouragement. At Daylight Detox and Recovery we combined medication and counseling to get the client the maximum support that is required.
When the drug use continues for weeks, months or even years it has many negative results on physical health. As previously mentioned, Oxycodone messes with your body’s natural endorphins, this creates depression, anxiety, stress, and physical pain. The threat of this pain is a main deterrent for those seeking treatment for addictions to any opioid based drug.
During a withdrawal from Oxycodone, physical pain should be expected and is often severe. The withdrawal process is so great that most times a “cold turkey” detox is unsuccessful because of the high levels of discomfort. Without having a medical Oxycodone detox, the desire to use will be strong and without 24/7 care return to use of the drug happens more than not.
The sick feelings of nausea and vomiting that come from an Oxycodone detox will also make it difficult for you to eat and drink. Dehydration is a common symptom that makes the unsupervised detox the most dangerous. People have actually died from dehydration associated with a “cold turkey” detox from Oxycodone.
Detox from Oxycodone is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. It makes you go through pain that you do not have to go through and your wellbeing is at stake. Pain medication detox under the care of a trained medical and clinical staff is always the best option.
Inpatient Oxycodone Detox In A Rehab Setting
The is the best way to ensure a sustained recovery that we practice at Daylight Detox & Recovery Center is to provide each and every client with a customized treatment plan. Each client is different and we meet our clients right where they are in their journey into recovery.
All of our detoxification processes for opioids involves a taper from the drug substituting opioid based drugs to block the craving that comes with drug addiction. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment, for more of a longer taper for those who need additional blocking factors for cravings and anxiety. In order to keep our clients comfortable, we provide other medications to reduce nausea and help our clients sleep through the evening.
Medications Commonly Used at Daylight for Opioid Based Drug Detox
- Buprenorphine (Also known as the brand names Suboxone, Subutex)
- Prescribed to treat opioid withdrawal and shorten the detoxification process.
- Acts as both an opioid antagonist and partial agonist, assisting with detox without the severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Used for opioid replacement therapy (similar to methadone), both short- and long-term, and can be used to help users withdraw from Oxycodone.
- Used for anxiety reduction for those detoxing from Oxycodone.
- Muscle aches.
- Used for anxiety reduction for those detoxing from Oxycodone.
- Prescribed to relieve nausea and prevent vomiting.
Our Oxycodone detox process is designed to be a safe and comfortable, effective step on your road to full recovery from addiction. By helping you eliminate your physical dependence on the prescription painkiller, we know that we are setting you on the road to successful rehabilitation and recovery, which will lead you in the direction of a drug-free life. We give our clients the tools needed in order to live a drug-free post treatment, so integration back into society is successful.
Therapeutic Programs Included in Oxycodone Detox
In the Daylight Detox & Recovery Center model we use a combination of individual and group therapy sessions for a full-rounded healing experience. In group classes we integrate yoga, art-therapy, motivational interviewing, and many other unique therapies so each client can find new helpful ways of dealing with their addiction.
Our therapists use a number of different therapies including:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a therapy method used by the therapists at A New Start. CBT also known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a method used in addiction treatment to prevent relapse. CBT was later then used and adapted for cocaine-addiction more specifically. CBT is based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns, like substance abuse, how the individual learns plays a critical role. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for substance use disorder demonstrates efficacy as both individualized therapy and as part of group therapy sessions also.
Group therapy typically involves one or more psychologists leading a small group of 10 to 15 individuals. Groups will usually meet for a few hours each week. Daylight Detox & Recovery clients will attend both individual and group therapy sessions as a part of their customized treatment plan. Group therapy sessions are run by a combination of primary therapists, and specialized therapists depending on what therapies are being displayed in each session.
Group therapy provides a number of benefits that cannot be found in individual therapy including:
- Being aware, it is a key benefit gained. Awareness provides the opportunity to be aware of your own feelings and needs. It is a safe setting to express your “voice.”
- Peer support is one of the primary benefits of group therapy. Clients are often surprised by the benefits and positive impact group therapy provides to them.
- Social skill improvement, a comfortable setting for interacting with others on a social level free of drugs and alcohol. Group sessions provide clients with an opportunity to re-engage with people.
- Increased feedback from other individuals is another benefit of group therapy. Providing clients with different perspectives can be helpful to the promotion of growth and change.
- It provides perspective to an individual’s own problems. By listening to others and their experiences it can help to provide perspective to issues you may be dealing with and the realization that you aren’t alone in your struggles.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trauma Therapy:
EMDR is a nontraditional and unique form of psychotherapy created to rid an individual of negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event and less on the traumatic event itself. EMDR treatment includes a hand motion technique used by the individual’s primary therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing.
At Daylight we have a strong case management team that works with the other pieces that goes into client care so the full treatment continuum can be successfully completed. We offer the detox and residential program for the initial detoxification from Oxycodone. We also have the intensive outpatient level of care that can continue after the initial stage of treatment is completed. Stepping down through Daylight’s levels of care is a perfect way that someone newly sober should handle the treatment experience. Slowly getting integrated back into society will be beneficial for each and every client so they aren’t overwhelmed all at once from life without drugs and alcohol.
Daylight Detox & Recovery center has an Alumni at Daylight Program that continues to support our clients after they have successfully completed treatment. If there ever is any struggling in the future, we embrace our previous clients and can be there in cases where return to use occurs.