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Oxycontin Detoxification

Oxycontin is a potent and highly addictive opioid painkiller, one that is generally only prescribed for the treatment of moderate or severe physical pain. Because of its high potential for abuse, this specific medication is very rarely prescribed to be taken long-term. Those who are suffering from severe pain, such as acute post-surgical pain or cancer-related pain, often find that this medication is extremely beneficial when taken exactly as prescribed by a medical professional. However, even individuals who take the medication exactly as prescribed are liable to develop a physical and psychological dependence over time.

Most Oxycontin is available as an extended-release capsule, one that works slowly over an extended period of time (typically around 12 hours, depending on the dose). When taken in a higher dose than prescribed, the medication is known to produce euphoric effects, which can lead some to abuse the substance in hopes of experiencing those pleasurable effects on a regular basis. Oxycontin is also frequently used as a method of self-medication. Individuals who are suffering from unresolved emotional trauma or an undiagnosed and/or untreated mental illness might turn to this medication to help numb the emotional pain or alleviate the psychological symptoms. If you or someone close to you has been abusing Oxycontin for any period of time, seeking professional medical help will always be a necessary first step on the road to recovery. At Pine Tree Recovery Center our team of experienced and compassionate staff members work together to effectively treat the symptoms and the underlying causes of Oxycontin abuse, providing the most integrated and personalized clinical care available.

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Oxycontin Abuse and Addiction

An article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry titled, “Prescription OxyContin Abuse Among Patients Entering Addiction Treatment” explores the origins of prescription opioid addiction among men and women who recently entered treatment for Oxycontin abuse. Many of the individuals that were studied reported that they had been prescribed the medication initially before developing a substance abuse disorder. Others suggested that they had begun taking Oxycontin as a means of self-medications. Regardless of the initial circumstances, the signs and symptoms of Oxycontin abuse tend to be similar across the board, and include a combination of behavioral symptoms and physical symptoms.

The physical symptoms of Oxycontin addiction include:

  • Nausea, vomiting and constipation
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Severe abdominal pain and stomach cramping
  • Profuse sweating
  • Insomnia and other sleep-related issues, partially due to an inability to get comfortable
  • A loss of appetite which often leads to weight loss
  • Itching of the skin/skin rashes
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart attack
  • Hypotension
  • Respiratory depression/shallow breathing
  • In extreme cases – coma and/or death

The psychological symptoms of Oxycontin addiction include:

  • Extreme anxiety, sometimes characterized by persistent and uncontrollable panic attacks
  • Depression, which can lead to suicidal ideation
  • The worsening of any pre-existing mental illnesses
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hallucinations and delusions

Oxycontin Withdrawal – Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal can be severe when left untreated. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we provide each and every one of our clients with safe and pain-free withdrawal in a comfortable, homestyle retreat. We believe that medical detox is a necessary first step when it comes to long-term addiction recovery, and that truly effective medical detox should tackle much more than the physical body. Our team of compassionate medical professionals, licensed therapists and case managers works hand-in-hand to provide comprehensive clinical care – treatment that tackles physical discomfort as well as emotional and psychological healing.

When it comes to Oxycontin withdrawal, both the physical and psychological symptoms can be severe and life-threatening if not immediately treated as they arise. In many cases, individuals who have been using Oxycontin on a daily basis will need to slowly taper off of the drug, or they will be given Medication Assisted Treatment in our medical detox facility.

Common symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal include:

  • Extreme anxiety and depression – these symptoms will typically need to be treated with antipsychotic medications for at least a short period of time (for example, the duration of inpatient treatment)
  • Sleeplessness, persistent nightmares and cold sweats
  • Muscle pain and muscle weakness
  • Bone and joint pain, which is typically treated with non-narcotic pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • Low-grade fever and chills
  • Body tremors
  • Symptoms that closely resemble the symptoms of a severe cold or flu, like runny nose, watery eyes, night sweats and stomach cramping
  • Heart palpitations and other cardiovascular issues
  • General feelings of discomfort

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Most of the physical symptoms associated with Oxycontin withdrawal can be easily and effectively treated with professional medical care. Our clients will have access to a wide variety of proven detoxification techniques and holistic methodologies, from Medication Assisted Treatment and closely monitored tapering to physical therapy and massage therapy. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we believe in providing our clients with safe and effective alternatives for pain management wherever applicable. We understand that many individuals who begin abusing Oxycontin will be attempting to self-medicate an underlying pain-related condition. Not only do we treat symptoms of withdrawal, we treat all underlying, contributing factors of substance abuse.

Pine Tree Recovery Center and Oxycontin Withdrawal

Medically monitored detox is essential to those who have been suffering at the hands of an Oxycontin addiction for any length of time. Not only are we able to effectively treat all related symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal, providing clients with a pain-free detox experience, but our team lays a solid and lasting foundation for long-term sobriety. A study published by the US Library of Medicine titled, “Alleviating Symptoms of Withdrawal from an Opioid” explores the most effective methods of Oxycontin withdrawal, concluding that in most cases, tapering provides the safest and most pain-free detoxification experience. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we conduct in-depth assessments upon admission to determine which detox method will be the most beneficial for each unique case.

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Our Program of Addiction Recovery

At Pine Tree Recovery Center we offer a comprehensive and highly individualized level of clinical care to men and women of all ages and walks of life who have been suffering at the hands of a Oxycontin abuse disorder of any severity. We understand how difficult it can be to quit on your own – especially when a drug as habit-forming as Oxycontin is involved. Many individuals who have been grappling an Oxycontin addiction for any length of time will begin to feel alone in their struggles, hopeless and doomed to a life of repetitive relapse. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we know that Oxycontin addiction recovery is possible for everyone, no matter how far down the scale they have gone. If you or someone you love is in need of treatment in a reputable, licensed and accredited medical detox facility, we are available to help. We believe that the highest quality of clinical care should be readily available to all those who need it. We also believe that medical detox is just the very first step on a lifelong road to recovery, and those who have been suffering from Oxycontin addiction (or an addiction involving any other potent opioid painkiller) must immediately transfer from medical detox to inpatient treatment in order for the treatment process to be successful long-term. For more information on our comprehensive recovery program, simply give us a call today 24/7 at (888) 693-1751 or submit this form online click here.