Oxycontin is an opiate prescription medication that is prescribed for physical pain.
Being an opiate it is highly physically addictive, causing the user to build up a tolerance quite quickly, particularly when it is being abused. It is also highly psychologically addictive due to its analgesic properties, which cause an extremely relaxing euphoric effect on the user, similar to the high produced by heroin. Some people become addicted to Oxycontin after having it prescribed by a doctor.
Many people also buy it illegally without prescription and have never been prescribed it. Many addicts use it in combination with other drugs. This increases the chance of overdose, particularly when mixed with alcohol, benzos or other opiates.
Like treatment for any addiction, it must start with the physical withdrawal from the substance. Only then can treatment go deeper to address the underlying causes of the addiction. That is why ideally treatment will focus on the mind and spirit as well as the body, being holistic, treating the whole person. Addiction affects the individual on all levels – physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual – so treatment must be multi-faceted in order to treat all these aspects.
The treatment centres doctor will perform a thorough medical assessment on arrival to determine each resident’s detox needs. Addicts will need to be constantly monitored during this withdrawal phase to ensure their changing symptoms are successfully managed by medical and clinical staff.
Oxycontin detox usually consists of a tapered medicated withdrawal regime. The type of medication and duration of the withdrawal period depends on the amount the resident is physically dependent on when they arrive. This also determines the duration of the detox and the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.