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Do I Need Oxycodone Detox?
Your desire to quit oxycodone is unmistakably a huge step in the right direction. However, quitting without proper medical detox can be a painful and uncomfortable process due to the potential oxycodone withdrawal symptoms. Oxycodone is a routinely prescribed opioid for moderate to severe pain. Few people understand the risks inherently involved with this medication when filling their prescriptions. Most do not know that oxycodone comes with a high risk of abuse and dependency, which makes discontinuation extremely difficult.
When people abuse oxycodone, they either take the drug without a prescription or they take more than directed. Similarly to other opiates, it is possible to develop a physical dependence on oxycodone even after a relatively short amount of time. oxycodone effects are very similar to heroin, causing euphoric effects, a sense of happiness, relaxation and increased confidence.
Another troubling fact is that oxycodone use frequently becomes a gateway to heroin use. Due to severe addiction, when prescriptions for oxycodone are no longer available, many people revert to heroin, which is often cheaper and offers similar euphoric effects.
The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone include high levels of anxiety, physical discomfort, sleep deprivation and more. In order to end the dependency on o
How Is Oxycodone Supplied?
Oxycodone is commercialized either as a stand-alone drug, or in combination with other pain relievers under a number of different brand names including the following:
Percodan is a combination of oxycodone and aspirin
Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen
- Oxycontin is a brand-name version of the generic oxycodone
- Available in extended-release tablet formulation
- Roxicodone is a brand-name version of the generic oxycodone
- Available in immediate-release formulation only
- Oxaydo is a brand-name version of oxycodone
- Available in an immediate-release formulation only
- Xtampza ER is a brand-name version of the generic oxycodone
- Xtampza ER is available in an extended-release form
first time abusers of Oxycodone each day (2010) *
What to Expect During Oxycodone Detoxification?
Oxycodone detox or detoxification refers to the process of removing the drug from the body. Detox from oxycodone is often uncomfortable, and the withdrawal symptoms can be of varying severity. The purpose of a medical detox program is to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make the entire detoxification process safer and more comfortable. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms are divided into two phases: early and late. Onset of symptoms depends on the degree of dependence prior to stopping oxycodone. 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 for a longer period.
Early Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal
- Muscle cramps/aches
- Sweating, Hot Flashes
Additional Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal
- Dilated pupils
- Abdominal cramping
Oxycodone Effects On The Brain
Similar to other opioids, oxycodone changes the way your brain perceives pain. It does so by blocking the opiate receptors in your brain and it triggers the release of dopamine, a hormone that is associated with relaxation and pleasure. Even though oxycodone gives the user a real sense of euphoria, relaxed state of mind and elevated mood, this feeling of “high” does comes with a price. Oxycodone abuse can have a negative impact on your thought patterns, emotions, and may create noticeable personality changes. Over time, abusing oxycodone can even cause mood swings, anxiety, depression, and violent outbursts.
Oxycodone Effects On The Body
Oxycodone interacts 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 case of 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
More than 13 million Americans abuse Oxycodone, including children as young as 12 years old. *
United States Department of Justice
Why Oxycodone Detox at Home is Dangerous?
Going “Cold Turkey” with oxycodone is not recommended. The “Cold Turkey” method of detox is when an individual tries to quit the drug use independently. Trying to get off oxycodone alone is unsuccessful most of the time because of the cravings combined with an extremely unpleasant withdrawal. The detox period can be so uncomfortable, that without medications, guidance, and encouragement, the symptoms cannot be tolerated. At Daylight Detox and Recovery we combine medication and counseling to get our client the maximum support that is required to help them succeed.
When the drug use continues for weeks, months and even years at a time, it takes an incredible toll on our physical health. As previously mentioned, oxycodone alters the certain chemicals in our brain and coming clean, often ends up leading to depression, anxiety, stress, and physical pain. The threat of this pain is the main deterrent for those considering treatment for addictions to any opioid-based drug.
During withdrawal from oxycodone, physical pain should be expected and is often severe. Without having a medical oxycodone detox, the desire to use will be strong, and without 24/7 care, relapse happens more often than not.
The sick feelings of nausea and vomiting that stem from an oxycodone detox will also make it difficult for you to eat and drink. Dehydration is a genuine threat that makes an unsupervised detox the most dangerous.
Detox from oxycodone is challenging, which is why attempting to do it alone should be avoided at all costs. Not having the medical supervision and support you need would make you go through a lot of unnecessary pain that you would not otherwise have to go through. 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
At Daylight Detox & Recovery Center, we understand the importance of providing each client with a customized treatment plan. We are committed to your success as you begin your journey to full recovery. Each client is unique and so are their needs. This is the reason why we meet our clients right where they are in their journey to sobriety.
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. That’s why we offer Medication Assisted Treatment, as an option for those who need additional blocking factors for cravings and anxiety. To keep our clients comfortable, we provide other medications to reduce nausea and help our clients sleep through the night.
Commonly Used Medications at Daylight for Opioid-Based Drug Detox
Buprenorphine (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 to reduce anxiety to help oxycodone detox more comfortable and mitigate the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Prescribed to relieve nausea and prevent vomiting.
Our oxycodone detox process is designed to be safe and comfortable. Medical detox is the first essential 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 to live 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 comprehensive healing experience. Our group classes incorporate 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 the following.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 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 used and adapted for cocaine-addiction more specifically. CBT is based on the theory that as part of the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns, like substance abuse, the individual learns to play 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.
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Are you ready to overcome your addiction and detox from Oxycodone?