OxyContin is a trade name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride, or oxycodone HCL.
Oxycontin is classified in the narcotic pain reliever group of drugs and
is similar in structure to morphine. OxyContin is usually prescribed to
treat moderate to severe forms of pain. Oxycontin addiction can easily occur
since a person tolerance for this drug rapidly increases with its use, therefore
a person needs to take more and more Oxycontin to get the desired effect.
If a person tries to stop using Oxycontin, or reduces the dosage too quickly,
withdrawal symptoms will occur. In fact, withdrawal from Oxycontin addiction
can be life threatening and should be monitored closely (medical detoxification
is recommended in many cases).
Street names for Oxycodone include:
Oxy, O.C., Hillbilly
heroin, Oxycotton and Killer.
In the last few years drug addiction
for OxyContin addiction has increase substantially with OxyContin
addiction taking part of a national prescription drug addiction epidemic.
News about OxyContin abuse first surfaced in rural areas of Maine during
the late 1990s and then spread down the east coast to include West Virginia,
Kentucky, and Southern Ohio. Although Oxycontin abuse has been reported
nationwide the hardest hit areas are that of the rural Appalachia and Ohio
valley (Inciardi and Goode 2003). After the increase in publicity regarding
OxyContin abuse there has been a tremendous increase in the number of patients
admitted for treatment of narcotic-related abuse, and the majority of them
were being treated for OxyContin addiction.
Painkiller OxyContin has been identified as being among the most commonly abused prescription drug in the country, which is why Oxycontin addiction has become such a problem. Media coverage included stories about robberies, theft, fraud, pharmacy break-ins, and features of several pill mill doctors who supported the addiction of their patients by frequently prescribing the drug. It appeared as if the OxyContin abuse was transformed from a regional problem to a national epidemic.
In recent years individuals reporting for treatment for addiction to Oxycontin are individuals from all walks of live. Prescribed for a treatment purpose or not OxyContin has trapped many individuals in drug dependence and addiction.
Oxycontin Addiction - Physical and/or Emotional Dependence
Oxycontin addiction may be a physical and/or an emotional dependence. Similar to other addictions, an individual suffering from Oxycontin addiction is using Oxycontin to solve some perceived problem or problems in his or her life. The continued use of Oxycontin to combat these perceived problems is what leads to Oxycontin addiction. Oxycontin is often continued to be taken even after the original problem is gone. Eventually, Oxycontin addiction itself becomes an even greater problem than the original problem or problems that Oxycontin was supposed to solve.
The result is that now the individual has two problems: the original underlying problem(s) and the new developed problem, an addiction to Oxycontin.
Oxycontin Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment in Florida
At Florida Center for Recovery, Prescription Drug Rehab, we help clients with
a Oxycontin addiction to discover or rediscover the original problem or
problems that drove them to start abusing prescription drugs. Next we teach
them how to overcome their problems with real-life solutions by equipping
them with tools and life skills to confront and handle common obstacles
encountered in life. Only when both the underlying reasons for the Oxycontin
addiction and the Oxycontin addiction problem are resolved can a person
become a healthy and happy member of society.
If you or someone you love has an addiction to Oxycontin, seek the help
of our prescription drug rehab
in Florida contact us at:
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