Treating America’s Epidemic: Oxycodone Addiction
There are millions of victims of the oxycodone epidemic per year. Many of these people do not even realize they are part of a massive group of people addicted to oxycodone. You do not have to face treatment alone; there are many pharmacological and psychological treatment methods to help end the addiction. Call 800-530-0431Who Answers? for immediate help.
Who Needs Oxycodone Treatment?
Those that need oxycodone addiction treatment are those who have become dependent on oxycodone or any other opiate based prescription painkiller. Signs of dependence are:
- withdrawal symptoms when you stop using oxycodone
- worrying about when you are going to get your prescription refilled
- time lost from work because of oxycodone use
- if the oxycodone is taking over your life and stopping you from doing the things you love
Knowing that you need treatment is the first step in getting the treatment you need. The second step is to call 800-530-0431Who Answers?. We can help you find the treatment center that works for you.
What Pharmacological Treatments are Available for Addiction to Oxycodone?
Opioid and opiate withdrawal is very difficult to go through, fortunately there are medications that are useful in treating this devastating addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 100 million people in the United States suffer from some form of chronic pain. Methadone is useful in treating both the symptoms of oxycodone addiction and chronic pain. It is similar to oxycodone in action but widely considered as less addictive.
Buprenorphine is similar to methadone but is less powerful. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, buprenorphine works better than attempting to taper off opiate or opioid painkillers. There is also less of a chance of abuse than methadone due to the way that it acts on the brain.
Suboxone is in a class called a mixed narcotic. It contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine works as an opiate agonist taking up the receptors in the brain that control opioid use. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and completely blocks opiates sending someone who uses opiates while on Suboxone into immediate unpleasant withdrawal.
What Other Methods are There?
Each of these pharmaceuticals should be combined with:
- individual counseling
- group counseling
- holistic therapy
- 12 step programs
No single treatment is completely effective by itself. The American epidemic is partially due to the relapse rate of oxycodone use. Many people just take a medication or try to quit without treatment. When someone receives only partial treatment, they are likely to relapse and overdose on a prescription painkiller like oxycodone.
How do I Find the Right Treatment Center for me?
Finding the right treatment center is extremely important to preventing relapse and stopping the epidemic. Finding a treatment center that has all of the types of treatment and combines them in a personal program is as easy as calling 800-530-0431Who Answers?. Help stop the epidemic and your addiction, seek treatment now.