Once you have become addicted to it, it’s very hard to stop using oxycodone on your own. Without professional help, it’s nearly impossible. It’s always best to seek help at a drug treatment center when dealing with oxycodone addiction. You will receive the help and support you need, along with medications that will ensure that you will not be in pain during oxycodone detox.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from opium. This means that it’s not a naturally-occurring substance. It’s not totally synthetic, either. Oxycodone is very powerful, both in terms of pain relief and addiction potential. Most people who take it as directed by their doctors do not become addicted, but about a quarter of all oxycodone patients will eventually have addiction issues with this narcotic. Others become addicted through experimentation. They may get their oxycodone pills from friends, or they may steal them from the family medicine cabinet. They may also buy them on on the street, but usually not for long. This is because an single 30-milligram oxycodone tablet can cost $30 on the black market. Many current heroin users are former oxycodone users. They switched to heroin because it’s much cheaper.
If taken daily for more than a few weeks or so, oxycodone causes extreme changes to occur in the way the brain functions. More and more of the drug is needed to have the same effect. This is called tolerance. As tolerance builds, the user must take more and more. This causes even more derangement in brain function. After a while, the brain cannot function well at all without the presence of oxycodone. If the drug is suddenly stopped, severe withdrawal symptoms will occur. It’s withdrawal symptoms that addicts fear more than anything. Withdrawal is painful and most unpleasant. Typically, it includes the following symptoms:
- Drug cravings
- Muscle and bone pain
- Stomach pain
These symptoms can persist from anywhere to a week to a month. In some cases, it can even be longer. However, drug treatment centers use certain medications to relieve these symptoms quite effectively. It may not be possible to alleviate all of your withdrawal symptoms totally, but you should definitely not be in pain during your oxycodone detox.
Medications for Oxycodone Detox
This medication contains buprenorphine, a synthetic narcotic that significantly relieves withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings for many people. It works by attaching to the same brain receptors that oxycodone does, but not in the same exact way. Over the detox period, the medication will be gradually withdrawn.
Buprenorphine won’t be effective for everyone. This is especially true for those clients who have been using very high amounts of oxycodone for extended periods of time. If buprenorphine fails, there is methadone. At sufficient doses, it will relieve withdrawal symptoms completely in almost everyone. As with buprenorphine, the dosage of methadone will be gradually reduced over time.
These are tranquilizer medications. Some of them are used for sleep. These drugs are also addictive and must only be used short-term. They will effectively relieve anxiety and insomnia.
- Muscle relaxants
Muscle relaxants,, such as Robaxin and Soma, may be used to help those clients with the tremors and restless leg syndrome that can occur during withdrawal.
Buproprion and other anti-depressive drugs may be used to treat the depression that commonly occurs with opioid withdrawal. Oxycodone abuse causes the brain to become deficient in certain critical brain chemicals. Anti-depressants will help the brain to heal and increase levels of these brain chemicals.
Clonidine is usually used to treat high blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Non-narcotic, it can relieve some of the worst withdrawal symptoms by up to 50 percent. It also causes extreme drowsiness. This is a desirable side effect for the client with insomnia.
Both Suboxone and methadone can be taken either short-term or long-term. Drug treatment centers will discourage long-term use of any narcotic and will likely not allow it. However, some former oxycodone users find it very difficult, even after quality drug treatment, to abstain from the use of oxycodone in the long-term. Many will say that it feels as if something critical is missing from their lives. It’s certainly possible that oxycodone may cause permanent changes in the brain in some individuals that may cause this.
It’s best to stay away from all drug use if possible. But if not, treatment with methadone or Suboxone is preferable to trying to obtain oxycodone illegally. Methadone is dispensed on a daily basis in special clinics. Suboxone is prescribed by specially licensed doctors. You will get a month’s worth of medication that you can fill at any pharmacy that stocks it. You take your daily dose in the privacy of your home. It’s a major advantage over methadone, which must be taken at the clinic in the presence of clinic staff. Some methadone clinics may eventually allow limited amounts of take-home doses. Others never do this.
In conclusion, you have options. You should never allow the fear of withdrawal to stop you from getting treatment. Modern treatment methods will be able to keep you quite comfortable as your body withdraws from the oxycodone. You will not be in pain. If you are, speak up immediately. Your medications can always be adjusted.
Getting Help for Oxycodone Detox
If you’re looking for help, you can contact us. We are professional drug treatment counselors who can direct you to the best facility for your needs. We are available 24 hours a day at 877-497-6180. Just call us anytime. We look forward to helping you on the road to recovery.