Oxycontin is a prescription pain medication that is generally prescribed for chronic conditions such as cancer and back surgery. This brand of oxycodone is a strong pain reliever that generally provides 12 hours of time released relief and is commonly prescribed for those patients who suffer from chronic pain or surgical recovery. OxyContin is similar to most other pain medications when it comes to having high addiction tendencies. The best way to overcome an OxyContin addiction is to attend a proper residential medical detox program.
Without a proper medical detox protocol for prescription pain medication it can be a difficult and uncomfortable process. The withdrawal symptoms caused by OxyContin include high levels of anxiety, discomfort, rise in blood pressure, sleep deprivation and more. In order to end the physical dependency on OxyContin the pain medication must be completely purged from your system, and this requires your body to mentally and physically adjust.
Even though most opioid detox and withdrawal is often unpleasant, it does not have to be extremely uncomfortable. The proper medicine will alleviate the withdrawal symptoms helping to ensure a sustained recovery from an OxyContin addiction. The recommended procedure is through a residential medical detox facility.
Common Symptoms Of OxyContin Withdrawal Include:
There are many symptoms of any opioid withdrawal, the first severe symptoms typically begin within 12 to 30 hours of the last use.
- Runny nose
- Insomnia and yawning
- Excess tearing
- Muscle pain
- Anxiety and agitation
- high blood pressure
- Nausea, abdominal cramping and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
The withdrawal process can last anywhere from five days to three weeks depending on how much OxyContin was used and for how long. The above symptoms are often the later symptoms experienced of opiate withdrawal.
Why OxyContin Detox at Home is Dangerous
According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, it only takes a week on OxyContin to become physically dependent on the drug. When the drug use continues for weeks, months or even years it has many negative results on physical health. OxyContin messes with your body’s natural endorphins, this creates stress, anxiety and physical pain. Prolonged use causes your body to build a tolerance where more and more of the drug is needed for the effect or for just simple chronic pain relief. The threat of this pain is a main deterrent for those seeking treatment for addictions to prescription painkillers.
During a withdrawal from OxyContin, 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 entering a residential medical detox, the desire to use will be strong and without 24/7 nursing care, return to use of the drug happens more than not.
The sick feelings of nausea and vomiting that come from OxyContin withdrawal 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 OxyContin.
“At home” detox from OxyContin 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 OxyContin Detox In A Rehab Setting
Daylight Detox & Recovery Center strives to provide each and every client with a custom treatment plan. This is the best way to ensure a sustained recovery. 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.
Our OxyContin 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.