Prescription painkillers can provide an improved quality of life to those who suffer from pain. But Oxycontin can be just as dangerous and addictive as heroin. Many feel safe to experiment, believing that it is harmless or less harmful than street drugs because it is doctor prescribed. This is a grossly false assumption. Even when used as prescribed, it often results in physical dependence and addiction.
Similar to morphine or heroin (all derived from opium), this opiate is prescribed to people suffering from severe to moderate and continuous pain from a wide range of maladies including injuries, arthritis and cancer. Unfortunately it is easily abused because of the strong euphoric effect it produces and the ease in which it can be obtained.
After a person has been taking this powerful narcotic for a while, nerve receptors adapt to the powerful drug. This causes the addict to need to take more and more of the drug to achieve any desired effect.
Treating an addiction is not easy. Opiates are powerful narcotics that require inpatient rehab treatment for extensive round-the-clock care.
The first step to recovery is to undergo a medically supervised holistic detox process. This uses a comprehensive approach to treat the body through supplementation, nutrition and light exercise to restore one’s physical well-being.
One-on-one counseling is the next which provides the therapeutic support needed for successful rehabilitation. It doesn’t matter if the original use was medically prescribed or from illegal use, behavioral therapy helps the individual deal with their issues without the need of powerful narcotics.
It is important to break the learned behavior and discover other more productive ways to achieve the sought after results that drugs were providing; and know it is possible to live a life free from Oxycontin addiction or the need of any other damaging painkillers.
The abuse of this drug is not confined to a specific demographic – high school students are just as likely to abuse the drug as are retirees, and each group is just as prone to develop a tolerance to dosage and form addiction.
People are sometimes confused about the difference between Oxycontin and oxycodone. Oxycontin is the brand name of a pharmaceutical drug that contains a pure form of oxycodone. Oxycodone can also be combined with acetaminophen or aspirin and sold by other names such as Percocet and Percodan.
Common slang names for the drug are oxy, ox and OC; as well as blue, hillbilly heroin, kicker and oxycotton.