What is oxycontin?
is the brand name for an extremely powerful synthetic painkiller
called oxycodone. It has strong euphoric effects and the potential
to quickly become physically and psychologically addictive
to those who misuse and abuse it. Often called oxy, OC, hillybilly
heroin, and oxycotton, oxycontin is a narcotic that is prescribed
medically for cancer patients and other chronic pain sufferers.
Oxycontin is one of the most powerful and effective pain relievers
available. Abusers of oxycontin, that is, people who use oxycontin
for recreational rather than medical purposes, will often
crush oxycontin tablets to counteract the time-release coating
on the tablets, so that ingesting oxycontin creates an immediate
feeling of euphoria. Oxycontin can be ingested orally, or
dissolved in water and injected, or snorted up the nose.
What is oxycontin
addiction? What should I do if I suffer from oxycontin addiction?
addiction is an illness, characterized by continued compulsive
oxycontin use even as the oxycontin use causes harm. Many
oxycontin addicts cannot stop using oxycontin without help,
and will continue to use oxycontin even when wanting to stop.
Although physical, mental, financial, and social consequences
become worse, oxycontin addiction will keep an addict using
the drug despite the consequences. Many oxycontin addicts
choose addiction treatment as an effective way to stop active
oxycontin addiction and begin recovery. Oxycontin Addiction
Treatment offers an oxycontin addiction treatment program
that may be right for you. If you are suffering from oxycontin
abuse addiction, or if someone you know is addicted to
oxycontin, we can help. Please call Oxycontin Addiction Treatment
today at 888.866.6165.
What are oxycontin’s
effects? How does oxycontin affect the mind and body?
affects the mind and the body. When used medically to treat
pain, oxycontin’s intended effect is powerful and long-lasting
pain relief. Oxcontin’s effect on the mind is a feeling that
is pleasurable for people who like to “get high.” People use
oxycontin recreationally because it can create a feeling of
euphoria, comfort, and well-being. Effects are similar to
heroin. Users fill a quick rush, and experience slower breathing
and heartrate. These oxycontin effects can also have negative
consequences, because oxycontin, like other opiate drugs,
is extremely addictive. Another oxycontin effect is physical
tolerance, meaning that larger and larger doses must be taken
to achieve the same results. Long-term
users and abusers of oxycontin can become physically dependent
on the drug, as the body and the mind adapt to oxycontin’s
effects. A serious short-term effect of oxycontin is respiratory
depression – breathing becomes slow and shallow, and less
oxygen becomes available to the body’s vital organs. This
is a serious risk for those who use oxycontin recreationally.
Abusers of oxycontin, rather than taking the drug in pill
form as indicated, will crush the pill in order to avoid its
time-release mechanism. While this allows for a very quick
and very intense high when the drug is then swallowed, injected,
or snorted, it also dramatically increases the risk of overdose.
One negative effect of oxycontin overdose is death.
What are some
oxycontin side effects?
side effects can include physical dependence when oxycontin
is used for a long period of time. Physical dependence is
the condition in which an oxycontin user’s body will show
negative effects when the oxycontin use is suddenly stopped.
Another common oxycontin side effect is addiction, which can
commonly occur to users of mind-altering drugs. A serious
oxycontin side effect that can occur when the drug is used
is death. Other, less dangerous oxycontin side effects are
dizziness and confusion, shortness of breath, constipation,
sweating, dry mouth, headache, and sedation.
OAT’s oxycontin addiction
treatment program is designed to help people recover from
the abuse of oxycontin, alcohol, and other drugs. Many people
cannot recover from addiction to oxycontin without help. We
can help people who suffer from addiction get started on the
road to recovery. If you or someone you care about is abusing
oxycontin and needs help, please call OAT today at