Oxycontin is the brand name for the prescription-only Schedule II analgesic oxycodone, a narcotic derived from processing opium. It is highly addictive, and the treatment of oxycontin addiction is frequently a part of many rehab programs. Oxycontin is used to treat moderate pain and can be combined with certain non-narcotic substances such as acetaminophen or aspirin to produce other brand-name drugs. Oxycontin is a controlled-release modification of oxycodone and is used for 12-hour pain relief.
Because it is only available through prescription, those addicted to the drug use various methods, including prescription forgery and robbing nursing homes and pharmacies, to obtain abusable amounts of the drug. Physical signs of abuse include apathy, lethargy, low blood pressure and heart rate, and respiratory difficulties. Due to its effects on the nervous system, it can cause coma and death, especially when paired with other drugs such as Xanax and Valium.
Oxycontin addiction treatment is a process that involves detoxification and inpatient rehabilitation over a long period of time. The ideal method of detoxification involves a gradual tapering off of the dosage for patients, enabling detoxification from the drug without suffering prolonged withdrawal effects. The treatment also utilizes a community-based therapeutic structure, which helps patients cope with the pressure and stress that comes with any addiction treatment.
Treatment centers that handle oxycontin addiction often look for co-occurring disorders in addition to the addiction, to help ensure that rehabilitation is successful and that the patient does not relapse. The chances of relapse are diminished even further if patients have a strong support system available to them. This support network may consist of medical help, family, or friends who will help the patient remain sober.