Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Centers
Living with moderate to severe pain, such as those seen in arthritis, toothaches, headaches, muscle pain, and even bone pain, is something that is not only stressful but can also affect your quality of life. Let’s face it, we are largely immobilized if we are in extreme amounts of pain. It is very difficult to think. You won’t be able to think straight. Your work suffers. Even your relationship can also suffer especially if you get cranky and agitated. Unfortunately, popping your ordinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ibuprofen, diclofenac, and piroxicam, simply won’t give you the pain relief you require. Thankfully, there are more powerful painkillers that are readily available with the correct doctor’s prescription. Here’s the downside: they are highly addictive.
One of the most commonly prescribed opioid or narcotic analgesics often prescribed for the management of moderate to severe pain is oxycodone, the most famous brand of which is Oxycontin. This narcotic painkiller is a synthetic analog of the naturally-occurring opiates which are derived from the poppy plant. Oxycontin acts more like morphine, codeine, and heroin except that its component chemicals have been synthesized in the lab. It is more closely related to codeine but nonetheless exerts the same mechanism of action shared by other opiates. These drugs provide pain relief by altering pain perception. The drug binds to opiate receptors found in the brain which then carry electrical signals to the pain processing centers. Here, the electrical signals sent are those that show there is no pain or that the pain is not necessarily so severe. The drug effectively blocks the more accurate perception and interpretation of the pain impulses. This provides not only pain relief but also euphoric feelings as well as generalized relaxation.
All opiates are CNS depressants and as such can aggressively depress the various physiologic processes of the brain, particularly the respiratory center. When this occurs, as what happens in Oxycontin overdose, it may be difficult to breathe. This leads to a substantial decrease in the oxygen that is inhaled and subsequently delivered to the rest of the body. Tissue hypoxia can lead to neurologic deficits, as well as cardiac muscle problems, further complicating the already oxygen-deprived tissues. Sadly, it is not only the low levels of oxygen that are creating the problem. Because of problems in breathing, carbon dioxide is also not eliminated efficiently. It gets accumulated in the body leading to respiratory acidosis further aggravating tissue oxygenation problems.
Signs of Oxycontin overdose include loss of consciousness, chest pain, loss of muscle tone, slow and very irregular heartbeat, and pupillary constriction. These already warrants acute medical management.
Treating Oxycontin addiction starts with detoxification, complete with medical management and nutritional support. Symptomatic management can also help mitigate withdrawal effects. However, what is considered a mainstay of opioid addiction management is the use of cognitive behavioral interventions geared towards helping the individual learn new styles of coping against stresses. Psychological counseling is also needed in order to help identify maladaptive patterns of thinking that may have led to the misuse and abuse of Oxycontin. Mind-body therapies as well as experiential therapies can help the individual find more constructive ways of managing pain and anxieties, without resorting to the use of highly addicting drugs.
At Sprout Health Group, we strive to make sure that our clients learn more positive ways of dealing with life’s stresses. Our therapists and counselors provide meaningful activities to help individual clients to work through their respective emotional triggers. Among individuals who may have co-occurring conditions, our individualized treatment programs can help reinforce behaviors that have already been used in managing stresses and learn new techniques to complement these strategies.