Coined "hillbilly heroin" for a reason, Oxycontin (sold as Oxycodone, Tylox, Percodan) , although only about a decade old has ruined countless lives and tragically boasts of a death toll in the hundreds.
Oxycontin Can Be a Lot Like Heroin
Too little too late, top oxy company executives have been found guilty of intentionally misleading the public of the abuse risks of the drug, and many thousands remain trapped in the web of oxy addiction.
Oxycontin is an opiate and a powerful narcotic pain reliever, and does work very well to relieve the serious pains of cancer patients and others in need of potent analgesic relief, but the drug can be crushed and snorted or injected to create a high very similar to heroin, and an addiction also very similar to heroin.
Oxycontin addicts who wish to get off the drug face a very challenging period of detox and withdrawal, and not many people have the strength to endure the severe pains of detox without help. Some of the symptoms of Oxycontin detox include:
- Leg restlessness
- And many more
Oxycontin detox pains will commence within hours of the last dose, and will peak within 48 hours before gradually subsiding over a week or more. Due to the incredible discomfort of the detox and because the drug is so readily available, not many have the strength to endure the week of pain while remaining in an environment of temptation and of abuse.
If you abuse and are addicted to Oxycontin, you need to get off this lethal drug before you become yet another grim statistic. This is a serious and dangerous drug and although it's going to be tough to beat your addiction, it can be done, and there are people that can help.
Get Help for Oxycontin Addiction
You don't have to do it alone, and for the best chance of a successful detox you shouldn’t even try. Don’t put yourself through needless agony when with medical supervision and with prescribed medications you can progress through a far more humane and comfortable period of detox. It's too tough to get through it alone, and since most people eventually succumb to cravings, trying it without assistance often means a lot of pain for nothing.
Treatment should never end with detox. If you have abused Oxycontin for its pleasurable high, you need therapies to help you get past a lingering and potent psychological addiction to the drug. You don’t want to go through such a difficult detox more than once in a lifetime, but without getting the care and therapies you need to stay sober; you have little chance of long term abstinence.
Get into a therapeutic program and learn why you need to get high. Learn what in your environment causes you cravings to abuse drugs and learn what you can do to beat these cravings. It's tough to get past temptation, and without better self awareness and some concrete learned strategies, few of us can.
You Don't need to Do it Alone
You do need to get past Oxycontin addiction, but you never need feel alone on the journey to health. Get help, get support and get better. You can do it, it will be worth it, and you'll never regret anything you do that gets you there.
Page last updated Mar 01, 2013