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OxyContin is a powerful pain medication that can lead to addiction when used improperly or without a prescription. In this article, we will explore the symptoms, effects, withdrawals, and treatment options for OxyContin addiction.

Stats: The California Department of Justice reports that in 2020, oxycodone was the second-most commonly encountered opioid in drug seizures in California. (Source: California Department of Justice. (2021). Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 2020 Report.)​

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oxycodone was involved in 16,672 overdose deaths in 2019. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Opioid overdose: Understanding the epidemic.)

Symptoms of OxyContin addiction:

  • Increasing tolerance to the drug

  • Continued use despite negative consequences

  • Difficulty controlling use

  • Withdrawal symptoms when not using

  • Cravings for OxyContin

  • Spending a lot of time using or recovering from use

Effects of OxyContin addiction:

  • Physical effects such as constipation, nausea, and respiratory depression

  • Mental health effects such as anxiety, depression, and irritability

  • Cognitive effects such as impaired memory and judgment

  • Social and financial consequences such as job loss, legal issues, and relationship problems

Withdrawal symptoms of OxyContin addiction:

  • Sweating and chills

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Anxiety and agitation

  • Insomnia and nightmares

Treatment for OxyContin addiction

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which uses medications like buprenorphine or methadone to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms

  • Behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management to help individuals change their behavior and thought patterns related to OxyContin use

  • Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous to provide social support and accountability

  • Inpatient or outpatient rehab programs to provide a structured environment for recovery

OxyContin addiction can have serious physical, mental, and social consequences. It is important to seek help from a qualified healthcare professional if you or someone you know is struggling with OxyContin addiction. With proper treatment and support, recovery is possible, and individuals can achieve a healthier and happier life. Remember, addiction is a treatable disease, and there is no shame in seeking help.

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