“Opioids such as OxyContin are powerful drugs with a very high potential for addiction, and physical dependence often develops rapidly.”
Addiction affects millions of people from all parts of the world and all walks of life, and addiction to opioids such as OxyContin is becoming more prevalent.1 Recovering from OxyContin overdose is not easy without the assistance of an inpatient recovery center. Opioids such as OxyContin are powerful drugs with a very high potential for addiction, and physical dependence often develops rapidly.2 Patients who have prescriptions for OxyContin are consistently monitored for signs of tolerance to the drug.
People who take OxyContin without a prescription are not monitored, so tolerance occurs quickly. In order to achieve the high that OxyContin provides, a user must increase the dosage over time, when he or she becomes tolerant to the drug. Unfortunately, there is often little difference between a dosage amount that can cause an overdose and the dosage required for someone to become high once he or she has a tolerance to the drug.2
Risks Associated With OxyContin
Because the withdrawal symptoms associated with recreational OxyContin use are often uncomfortable, it may be difficult to stop taking OxyContin once the body and mind become dependent. Attempts to quit taking OxyContin outside of a recovery center have low success rates. Most people end up relapsing to soothe their severe withdrawal symptoms, and accidental overdose is common among people who have recently attempted to quit and are desperate for relief.3
Both medical and recreational OxyContin use can produce minor and severe side effects. In the case of an overdose, some of these side effects may prove fatal. These side effects include the following:4
- Respiratory problems.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Appetite loss.
- Excessive sweating.
- Extreme drowsiness.
- Muscle spasms and weakness.
Types of Recovery Centers
There are two types of OxyContin overdose recovery centers available for patients who suffered from an overdose – inpatient and outpatient.5 Inpatient recovery centers are always recommended for patients suffering from addictions to opioids. At an inpatient center, the patient remains at the center for a period of time. Outpatient recovery centers do not have these requirements. Because of the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioids such as OxyContin, inpatient recovery centers are the best choice to ensure complete recovery.
Inpatient recovery centers provide medical attention to you or your loved one as withdrawal symptoms occur and the body recovers.6 Controlling addiction is much easier when compassionate staff members are available to lead you through the recovery process. For more information on addiction to OxyContin and other opioids or if you need assistance as you try to find the OxyContin recovery facility that suits your needs best, call us at 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? .
Risks Associated With Withdrawal
Patients recovering from an OxyContin overdose should prepare for what withdrawal might entail. Withdrawal symptoms may occur anywhere from six to 30 hours after the last dosage from OxyContin. Early symptoms of withdrawal may include the following:4
- Muscle aches.
“Withdrawal symptoms may occur anywhere from six to 30 hours after the last dosage from OxyContin.”
As the withdrawal process progresses, most people suffer from worsening symptoms. Fortunately, most of these symptoms usually subside from several days to one week after taking the last dose of OxyContin. This is the stage at which most patients recovering at home end up taking OxyContin again for the sole purpose of getting relief from these uncomfortable symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms common in patients who are finally nearing the end of the process include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal cramping.
- Severe cravings.
Finding the Right Inpatient OxyContin Recovery Center
Fortunately, when a patient chooses to stay at a quality inpatient OxyContin recovery center, he or she is constantly monitored by trained professionals who can assuage any symptoms that may arise. Everyone has a different withdrawal experience, but nothing is new to detox professionals. Rest assured that you or your loved one will receive medical attention throughout the uncomfortable withdrawal process if you choose an inpatient recovery center.
. World Health Organization (WHO). Management of Substance Abuse: Information sheet on opioid overdose. November 2014. http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/information-sheet/en/.
. Julien, R.N., et al. (2011). Opioid Analgesics. A Primer of Drug Action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs. Twelfth Edition. New York, NY: Worth Publishers. pp. 315-358.
. Smyth, B.P., et al. (2010). Lapse and relapse following inpatient treatment of opiate dependence. Ir Med J 103(6): 176-179. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20669601.
. Maisto, S.A., et al. (2015). Opiates. Drug Use and Abuse. Seventh Edition. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, pages 237-257.
. Goodwin, Jr., L.R. (2016). Treatment for substance use disorders. In Marini, I., et al. Editors, The professional counselor’s desk reference. Second Edition. New York, NY: Springer, pages 457-468.
. Polydorou, S, and Kleber, H.D. (2008). Detoxification of Opioids. In Galanter, M., and Kleber, H.D., Editors. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment. Fourth Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., pages 265-288.
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