OxyContin Addiction Rehab Center
OxyContin addiction is a physical and psychological dependence on the prescription opioid painkiller oxycodone. This drug is approved to treat pain in some patients, but it is also habit-forming, causes euphoria and relaxation, is susceptible to abuse, which can lead to addiction. Treatment can be effective when it includes medication, residential treatment, therapy, and social support.
What Is OxyContin Addiction?
OxyContin is an opioid painkiller, one of many narcotic medications derived from the natural substances found in the opium poppy. There are several opioids prescribed to treat pain, and any of them can lead to abuse and dependence. OxyContin has played a big role in the rise in abuse of these drugs, beginning with an epidemic of abuse and addiction in some rural communities in the U.S.
As an opioid drug, OxyContin is effective at relieving pain, but it is also habit-forming and addictive. Even patients taking the drug as directed run some risk of becoming dependent, although the greatest risk is for people who abuse it.
OxyContin addiction results when someone using or abusing the drug spends a lot of time and energy on getting more of the drug and continues to abuse it even when it starts to cause problems in their lives.
Someone addicted to OxyContin may want to stop using it but experiences withdrawal symptoms and cannot stop.
OxyContin Addiction Facts and Statistics
OxyContin is the brand name for a generic opioid narcotic called oxycodone. The brand name version was developed and is still made by Purdue Pharma. It comes in multiple doses and is an extended-release drug, which means that it is approved to treat pain in patients who need 12 hours of constant pain management.
- OxyContin is a Schedule II controlled substance, as listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule II drugs are dangerous and habit-forming.
- An investigation by the LA Times found that while Purdue claimed OxyContin would provide lasting pain relief for 12 hours, this proved untrue for some patients, causing them to experience withdrawal and cravings.
- According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers.
- That same investigation uncovered the fact that Purdue knew about the problem and that it could lead to addiction but continued to market it for 12-hour pain relief.
- Eighty-one percent of the oxycodone in the world, brand name or generic, is prescribed in the U.S.
- The American Society of Addiction Medicine reported of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers.
Effective World-Class Treatment for OxyContin Addiction at Alta Mira
Alta Mira is a world-renowned luxury OxyContin rehab. Our client-centered therapeutic approach, implemented by our expert staff, guarantees that you or your loved one will receive superior treatment services for Oxycontin addiction and any diagnosed co-occurring mental health disorders. Our evidence-based OxyContin addiction treatment therapies will support your journey toward lasting recovery and help you secure a brighter and more independent future.
Oxycontin addiction is treatable, and you or your loved one can overcome it. Residential treatment for Oxycontin addiction at Alta Mira offers you the strongest likelihood of sustainable healing. At Alta Mira, you’ll be immersed in the recovery process, with trained, expert assistance available day and night and whenever you need it the most. If you trust us to assist you, your comprehensive OxyContin addiction treatment program may include some combination of:
- Medically-supervised detox
- Individual behavioral therapy
- Peer group therapy and support
- Family therapy
- Educational programs
- Holistic mind-body therapies
- Experiential therapies and activities
- Intensive workshops in the areas of trauma, relationships, grief, finances, and shame & resilience
- Recreation and fitness plans, with an introduction to healthy eating practices
- Instruction to stress management strategies and techniques
- Relapse prevention
A major emphasis of our OxyContin treatment plans is helping you avoid relapse. This is a danger with any drug, and with opioids like OxyContin, the consequences of chronic relapse can be devastating. Your relapse prevention training will include instruction on how to identify and avoid triggers that could send you back to drug use, recommendations for lifestyle changes that can promote sobriety, and information about coping strategies that can lead you through temptation.
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Signs and Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction
Signs of abuse of OxyContin include taking the drug when it hasn’t been prescribed, taking more than was prescribed, or taking it more often than directed. Another sign of abuse is using OxyContin in a way that is not recommended. For instance, people who abuse the extended-release drug figured out that crushing and inhaling or consuming the powder would result in getting the full dose at once and a quicker, more intense high. The introduction of the abuse-deterrent formula was designed to discourage this practice.
OxyContin addiction signs include signs of abuse as well as an intense focus and a lot of time spent on trying to get more of the drug. A person addicted to OxyContin will begin to develop a tolerance to it and seek out larger and more frequent doses. This person may try to stop using the drug but experiences withdrawal and cravings and continues to go back to it. Symptoms of abuse and addiction of OxyContin include:
- Poor coordination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slow and shallow breathing
- Slurred speech
- Low motivation, apathy
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Not engaging in normal activities or responsibilities
Causes and Risk Factors of OxyContin Addiction
The causes of addiction are being investigated by researchers, but drugs like OxyContin are known to make changes in the brain that likely result in addiction. Abnormalities in the brain have been seen in imaging scans of people addicted to opioids. These are known to be the physical or biological cause of addiction, but there are many underlying causes and risk factors that make some people more susceptible to addiction and more likely to abuse a drug like OxyContin.
The most important risk factor for developing an addiction to OxyContin is abusing the drug. Not everyone who uses this drug will develop dependence, but the risk increases with higher doses, extended use, and abuse. Other risk factors for both abusing OxyContin and other opioids and for becoming addicted include:
- A family history of substance abuse and addiction
- Having been abused as a child
- Stress or traumatic events
- Having a prescription for OxyContin or having easy access to the drug
- Risky behaviors and an impulsive personality
- Having a mental illness
- Having an untreated mental illness
Knowing When It's Time for OxyContin Rehab
Getting help for an addiction to OxyContin is vital. But making that first step toward this important and potentially life-transforming move can be challenging for anyone who has tried to manage addiction on their own.
Residential treatment for OxyContin addiction is most effective because it allows an individual to focus on treatment for an extended period of time while learning the necessary skills for returning home and avoiding a relapse. OxyContin addiction treatment is tailored to each individual and typically includes:
- One-on-one behavioral therapy
- Group therapy and peer support
- Educational programs
- Family therapy
- Experiential and holistic therapies
- Intensive workshops
- Relaxation strategies and stress management
- Learning how to avoid relapses
Relapse prevention is an important part of treatment and includes learning what triggers OxyContin use, how to avoid triggers, lifestyle changes, and learning and using healthy coping strategies.
We understand that in order for OxyContin rehab to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.
How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for OxyContin Addiction
Addiction is not a choice nor a sign of weakness. It is a condition of the brain that can respond to targeted treatment. When your loved one comes to Alta Mira, they will finally have a chance to be free from the debilitating effects of OxyContin addiction.
While you can have an influence on your loved one’s decision to seek treatment, an individual struggling with addiction must take ultimate responsibility for their own recovery. Your support and encouragement may be what will finally convince them to seek help for their struggles with OxyContin.
- The Challenge. Helping a loved one who is struggling with OxyContin addiction can be a long and heartbreaking journey. It can be hard to help someone, particularly if they don’t want help or if they live far away. Many families wait years beyond the time that they first thought about intervening.
- Get Help for Yourself. If you have a loved one who is suffering from OxyContin addiction, one of the first things you can do is take care of yourself by attending peer support meetings like Nar-Anon.
- Consider an Interventionist. The longer you wait for someone to “hit bottom,” the more their disease advances. You can actually increase the chance of a successful outcome by intervening with your loved one before their disease progresses to a more dangerous level. However, organizing your family to set limits and boundaries to get a loved one into rehab can be challenging.
Hiring a professional interventionist can help the family get organized as a team, prepare to speak to the addict in a coordinated way, to give your loved one the best possible chance of successfully arriving in treatment. Interventionists can also be helpful during and after the treatment experience, providing support and coaching to the family to ensure that the client completes treatment. If you are considering an OxyContin addiction intervention, please contact one of our admissions advisors.
How Our Luxury OxyContin Addiction Rehab Center Transforms Lives
During your stay at Alta Mira, you’ll have an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This will include comprehensive services for any co-occurring conditions that might be complicating or supporting your OxyContin addiction.
Our Transformational OxyContin Addiction Treatment Program
Your first 30 days of treatment at Alta Mira is referred to as your Detox, Stabilization, Assessment period, which begins with private, medically supervised detox. During this time, our detox specialists will keep you safe and secure, monitored 24/7, as you rest in the privacy of your own room.
You can also expect:
- Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Neuropsychological testing and advanced psychological testing
- Orientation to our recovery fundamentals and self-regulation skills development
- In-depth family engagement and the option for loved ones to attend multiple 4-day family programs
- Introduction to therapy groups
Following 30 days of stabilization, clients move on to the next phase of their recovery process at Alta Mira, which we call our Transformational Program. Key elements of our complete 90-day transformational OxyContin rehab program include:
- Three individual intensive psychotherapy sessions per week
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Participation in advanced workshops to support introspection, foundational change toward recovery, and relapse prevention
- Expanded neuropsychological assessment and continued weekly psychiatrist meetings inform tailored treatment adjustments and a refined individualized clinical approach
- Practice and integration of recovery principles and self-regulation skills and continued family work to support improved individual outcomes
- Intensive Workshops
The Courage to Change
Lasting change takes time. It can take six weeks to change a simple habit. Changing behavior following opiate addiction can be very challenging. Learning how to develop clean and sober behaviors, effectively deal with triggers and stressors, take medication as prescribed, and make healthy lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery can take time.
Better OxyContin Addiction Treatment Outcomes
Our 90-day program provides the structure, support, and time to learn a new way of living to give clients the best possible outcome. Studies show that individuals should participate in drug treatment for at least 90 days to see the best results. However, the best indicator of success is not the duration of the program, but the mutual cooperation between the recovering addict and the treatment center, as they plan for continuing care after finishing the program.
We understand that in order for treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.
Reclaim Your Life at Our Private OxyContin Addiction Treatment Center Today
We believe individuals are best able to focus on their recovery when immersed in a secure, serene, healing setting. That’s why we provide comfortable surroundings while maintaining the most advanced and sophisticated opiate rehab program in Northern California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class OxyContin addiction specialists.
Seeking a helping hand to guide you through these difficult times is not an easy decision. Our caring and experienced team at Alta Mira can help guide you through the next steps toward achieving lasting recovery.
Don’t let OxyContin destroy your life. To begin your life-changing transformation, contact us today.
OxyContin Addiction FAQs
Abuse of opioids like OxyContin can cause a fatal overdose. An overdose requires emergency medical treatment that includes the injection or nasal spray of naloxone, a substance that can reverse the overdose. OxyContin and other opioids can be fatal because they depress the central nervous system and can cause a person to stop breathing. Signs of an oxycontin overdose include:
- Loss of consciousness and unresponsiveness
- Breathing that is slow, erratic, or completely stopped
- A slow, erratic, or stopped pulse
- Constricted pupils
Withdrawal is what a person experiences when no longer taking a substance he or she has been abusing. The symptoms of withdrawal are uncomfortable, but they also may be painful or even dangerous. Withdrawal is a big reason so many people addicted to OxyContin and other drugs are unable to stop using. As soon as they use again, the symptoms disappear. Withdrawal from OxyContin can trigger the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Muscle pain
- Watering eyes
- Runny nose
- Excessive sweating
As withdrawal progresses or becomes more severe it can cause more uncomfortable symptoms, like stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and chills. For most people, withdrawal is not life-threatening, but it is very uncomfortable and painful and makes it extremely challenging to not use again.
Withdrawal is what people with an OxyContin addiction experience as they detox, the first step in being treated. Detox is the time it takes for the drug to be eliminated from the body. It is necessary before ongoing treatment can begin, but it is tough to get through. Anyone trying to detox from OxyContin should not attempt to do it alone, and detox will be easier to manage with professional or medical supervision.