Developed from a derivative of opium, oxycodone is a prescription-only drug that’s prescribed to patients for relief from mild to serious pain. As with the other opiates and their derivatives that we treat, oxycodone is a powerful narcotic that can easily result in addiction if it’s not closely monitored or taken as ordered by your physician.
Oxycodone Addiction is Serious
Oxycodone is a mid-level opiate, just beneath morphine and fentanyl in strength. As with any opiate, oxycodone reaches receptors all over the body, as well as brain channels reserved for naturally created “happy” chemicals called dopamine. The purpose of this drug is to reduce the pain sensations we feel throughout the body. For people that deal with chronic pain, it can seem impossible to live without this drug, which is where physical dependence begins. This isn’t like the other pain medications, because it’s meant to be released slowly in the body and brain at intervals, which is why it’s usually in a time-release capsule form. The effects are lasting, and if taken without a prescription or without the supervision of a doctor, it can seriously interfere with your breathing, heart rate, coordination, and concentration.
There are always numerous reasons why someone becomes addicted to oxycodone, and it’s not simply because of the drug itself, but addictive behaviors that are genetic or have been learned early in childhood. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and are dealing with childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mental health conditions, or current life struggles, all of which may have led them to their addiction to oxycodone.
How is Oxycodone taken in addiction?
Side Effects of Oxycodone Abuse:
- Nausea and vomiting right after consumption
- Chronic fatigue
- Clouded memory
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty breathing
- Social withdrawal or anxiety
- Depression when sober
- Cardiac issues
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
- Slowing of heart rate and blood flow
Every Experience is Different and Not Always Pleasant
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Skin rashes
- Vomiting and digestion conditions
- Visual and mental impairment
- Severe sweating
- Insomnia or chronic fatigue
- Heart attack