Oxycontin is a brand name for the powerful and highly addictive pain killer, Oxycodone. A doctor would prescribe Oxycontin to relieve and manage pain from something like a car accident or a surgery on something like your back. If you take Oxycontin as prescribed for the pain it is supposed to be helping, it is very effective at reliving the pain you are feeling. There are, however, people who are incapable of following the doctors’ orders once they have felt the effects Oxycontin produces. For people like this, maybe even you, Oxycontin helps relieve the mental pain more so than the physical. You can see how dangerous abusing a drug can be but since a doctor prescribed it and it is legal, you feel there should be no problem at all.
This, however, is how you can become addicted to Oxycontin. Oxycontin is just as addictive and dangerous as the street drug Heroin. The only difference is that Oxycontin is legal and Heroin is not. The two drugs produce identical effects and have the same withdrawal symptoms. This is because Oxycontin and Heroin are both Opiate drugs. When you realize the drugs are the same, it may help you come out of denial that your Oxycontin abuse isn’t “that bad.” You could realize how dangerous the drug is and not even care; it takes you out of reality, what you have been searching for your whole life, and that’s all that really matters. The signs, symptoms and dangers of abusing Oxycontin don’t scare you as much as they should.
Because you are taking Oxycontin to suppress negative and traumatic events in your life, you usually spend your days trying to find how and where to get high. Getting high is easier when you have a prescription from a doctor, however, it doesn’t last as long as it should. After a few weeks of abusing Oxycontin, as your addiction progresses, you may feel lethargic, suffer from extreme drowsiness, have pinpoint pupils and a dry mouth, start to lose an unhealthy amount of weight for no reason, always be itchy, slur your words and have a stomach ache you can’t seem to beat. These are the physical effects your body is going to go through as it becomes more dependent on Oxycontin to function normally.
There are, however, behavioral symptoms you will go through such as depression, isolation, lack of interest in activities, issues with accepting yourself as who you are, negative self-image, neglecting work and/or school and problems with your memory and concentration. These are just a few things that will happen at the start of your addiction, and will progressively get worse if you don’t get the help you need for your addiction.
You are not only going to become addicted mentally, but your body is going to need Oxycontin to feel normal. Without it, if you run out of your supply, you will begin to go through Oxycontin withdrawals. The withdrawals for Oxycontin include but are not limited to insomnia, anxiety, restless legs, muscle aches, fever, chills, unpleasant mood, nausea/vomiting and excessive sweating. Because these symptoms are so unpleasant, your addiction will take control of your mind and will have you do anything to get your hands on Oxycontin.
Oxycontin can go from 20 to 100 dollars a pill on the streets depending on the milligram and competition with other dealers. You will run out of money quickly if you don’t have a job so you will result in doing other things to get what you need. This is where your addiction will take you if you don’t get help. You may begin to go to multiple doctors for prescriptions, forge prescriptions or steal from and/or rob people to sell their goods to get what you need to get high. When acting out in such behavior, the law seems to get involved quickly.
If you are caught with Oxycontin pills on you without a prescription, selling stolen merchandise, forging prescriptions, or robbing someone, chances are you will go to jail or prison depending on how severe the charges were. In jail, the medical staff will not give you medication to help your withdrawal from Oxycontin, you will be cold and in pain surrounded by other people with no privacy. You will have to face a judge while withdrawing and may ruin your record and all your future opportunities. To prevent this from happening, you will need to seek treatment. If you seek treatment on your own, you can have a comfortable detox, privacy and really learn how to live without Oxycontin in your life. It is going to be hard to make the decision to change your life, but you won’t regret it when you feel the freedom of recovery.
If you decide to recover, you can get your life back. Your family and friends will begin to trust you again and life will be how it was before you became addicted to Oxycontin, but better. If you are suffering from an Oxycontin addiction and not sure how to get help, give us a call. We have people who have fought the battle you are fighting to help you find the best treatment option that will fit all your individual needs. Our number is: (866) 578-7471