Oxy Addiction Treatment
Oxy Addiction: Effects, Signs, Symptoms & Treatments
All over the world, there continues to be concern over the effects of Oxy addiction and opioid abuse. Despite education programs, there continues to be an increasing number of addictions to this powerful drug. In Canada hospitalization from opioid and oxy related overdosing continues to increase.
What is OxyContin?
Oxycontin is the time-release version of the opioid oxycodone which was prescribed for chronic and severe pain. It was normally prescribed by doctors to clients that required management for moderate and severe pain issues. OxyContin could have been a safe pain remedy especially when taken in accordance to the doctor’s recommendation. In most cases, the drug was valuable medication for the treatment of different levels of pain but was discontinued because it was highly addictive. Oxycontin is no longer prescribed but a different version called OxyNeo exists today.
Those who become addicted to opioids will seek out illegal means to satisfy their fix. The street replacement can be much more potent and its effects are amplified by snorting or injecting the drug. This and larger dosing increase the chance for overdoses and serious health complications.
In 2012 alone, opioid overdose deaths continued to rise in Canada despite the authority’s removal of OxyContin. In the region of Ontario alone, opioid-based drugs like OxyContin have killed nearly 2,500 persons from 2011 to 2014. The Government removed OxyContin from the Ontario Drug Plan. As a result, OxyContin-related overdoses decreased by thirty percent but the Center for Addiction and Mental Health said that opioid-related fatalities increased by twenty-four percent.
Quick Facts About OxyContin/Opioid Addiction in Canada
The following are facts and figures that point out to the reality of OxyContin/opioid addiction in Canada:
• Ontario was subjected to see 2,471 opioid-related cases (overdose) from 2011 to 2014.
• Deaths related to oxycodone overdose decreased by 30%.
• Overall fatalities that involved opioid increased by 24%.
• From 2010 to 2013, prescriptions on OxyContin lowered to 44%, hydromorphone prescriptions increased by 56% and fentanyl by nearly 15%.
• A survey that was conducted in 2012 declared that 410,000 Canadians abused opioid-based pain relief drugs.
People who abuse painkillers are at the highest risk for eventual or concurrent addiction to heroin due to the similarities of both drugs. Studies show that people who suffer from OxyContin/opioid addiction are 19 times more likely to begin abusing heroin in the same year. Heroin is more accessible on the street compared to Oxy and other opioid-based medications.
The Signs and Symptoms of Oxy and Opioid Addiction
Has a friend or loved one’s behaviour changed? Has their appearance changed? Do they look unhealthy? These are some of the signs of opioid addiction.
When opioids are abused the addicts spend much of their time using or seeking their next painkiller fix. For prescription users this often involves trying to get multiple prescriptions. When prescriptions run out the addict must now turn to illegal means.
Oxy Abuse: the Physical Signs and Symptoms
The physical signs and symptoms of Oxy abuse are much the same as those for opioid addiction. These include the following:
• Severe drowsiness
• Dryness of the mouth
• Pinpoint pupils
• Appearance that entails confusion and disorientation
• Lacks interest on activities that were previously enjoyed
• Persistent and consistent interpersonal problems
• Negligence of work, home or school obligations
• Dramatic weight loss
• Extreme itching of the skin
• Slurred speech
• Periodic or intermittent apathy and euphoria
• Memory problems
• Concentration problems
• Sleep problem/apnea
There are many different kinds of withdrawal signs and symptoms and they are as follows:
• Frequent yawning
• Runny nose and watery eyes
• Unpleasant moods
• Muscle pain
• Excessive sweating
• Goose bumps
• Vomiting and nausea
The Effects of Oxy Addiction
There are many effects that you will most likely expect from a person who has abused or has become dependent on pain opioids such as Oxy. Addicts will be desperate to find their next fix:
• Arrest of distribution or possession of opioids
• Receiving stolen goods
• Loss of employment
• Irregular work or school attendance
• Breakups in interpersonal relationships
Additional physical effects could also be the following:
• Sexual disfunction
• Rigidity of muscles
• Hormonal disfunction
• Susceptable to Fractures
• Respiratory issues
• Nausea and vomiting
Physical Risks Associated with Street Opioids
What are the risks when addicts progress to street drugs? As the need for the fix increases, users will not take into account the risks:
1. Needle Users (for example, intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous use)
• Increased risk for contracting hepatitis or HIV
• Collapsed veins
• Heart lining infection
2. Intranasal Users
• Perforated nasal septum
Oxy and Opioid Addiction Treatment
1000 Islands Addiction Rehab has helped clients from right across the world to beat their oxy and opioid addictions. Located in the scenic Thousand Islands region we are centrally located and accessible from all major centres in Canada and the United States. Specifically, every program is specifically designed for the individual client and the underlying issues behind their addiction.
First Stage: Withdrawal or Detox
This stage of Oxy/Opioid addiction treatment is designed and supervised by medical professionals. The program minimizes and reduces the discomfort and pain caused by withdrawal. This is a crucial step to reduce the risk of relapse.
Second Stage: Counseling and Therapy
There are varied components in each program that may include holistic and therapeutic treatments. Group and Individual counselling will build coping skills towards recovery. A big focus will be placed on life skills to return to day to day life.
Third Stage: Sustained Recovery
Addiction recovery is a life long process. Each person will have a specific aftercare plan for long term sustainability.