What is Oxycodone Withdrawal Like?
Oxycodone is an opioid used in prescription formulations such as OxyContin and Percocet. Both these drugs contain oxycodone in a highly concentrated form. Oxycodone makes them powerful as painkillers, as well as recreational drugs. Often, users find themselves attached to oxycodone simply after having taken a regular prescription. When a user happens to suffer from undiagnosed mental or psychological disorders, or to suffer from genetic conditions that predispose them to addictive habits, they may find themselves trapped in a pattern of unhealthy use. Usually, they only discover it when they experience oxycodone withdrawal.
If you should ever experience oxycodone withdrawal, it’s important that you find professional help to make sure that your attempt at a healthy, sober life is successful. All you need to do is to call WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable experts about your options.
What is oxycodone withdrawal?
As an opioid, oxycodone is a drug that is able to act on a brain region known as the reward center. Responsible for creating feelings of pleasure and for developing habitual behaviors, the reward center is a brain region central to everyday existence. When it is artificially stimulated by oxycodone, it both makes the brain feel high levels of pleasure, and learns a deep, emotion-driven habit in relation to the drug. When an attempt is made to stop taking the drug, the brain may feel powerful, emotional yearnings for the drug. These cravings usually last for life. The only way to successfully manage oxycodone cravings is to accept long-term psychological therapy.
There is another, even more difficult part to oxycodone withdrawal — it consists of the physical effects experienced. Repeatedly abusing oxycodone to stimulate the brain into producing feelings of euphoria, upsets the brain’s chemical equilibrium. At first, in an attempt to protect itself, the brain may recalibrate its chemical levels to shut down such unhealthy, artificial stimulation. When this happens, the user no longer feels pleasure with a dose that has previously worked. It is in effect known as tolerance.
When tolerance sets in for a given dose, oxycodone abusers may increase doses to be able to feel the pleasure that they seek. The brain may then attempt to readjust for tolerance at the higher levels of drug use, as well. After repeated cycles of tolerance adjustment and raised doses, the brain reaches a condition where it is unable to correct the chemical disruption caused. It then settles into a state known as physical dependence. In this state, the brain accepts the presence of high levels of oxycodone in the system, and allows the drug to control internal chemical levels.
When an attempt is made to stop taking this drug in this state, the brain suddenly loses a chemical that it has grown reliant on. This produces physical withdrawal symptoms. Users can experience terrible cardiac disturbances, aches and pains, and a constant need to vomit among other symptoms. These last as long as 10 days.
Finding medical help
Medical assistance in the form of professional detox and rehab is important to a plan to quit oxycodone. Treatment is ideally performed on an inpatient basis at a rehab where addiction experts, psychiatrists, therapists and doctors are able to pay close attention to the progress of the patient and offer care at every turn. Treatment plans may last anything from 30 to 120 days, depending on the level of addiction experienced.
Seeking to quit on one’s own is usually unsafe. In many cases, people do manage to stay off the drug for a few days, but then give in to the cravings with a dose large enough to bring on oxycodone overdose symptoms. It can be a threat to the life of the patient.
If you experience oxycodone side effects or actual withdrawal symptoms, it would be a good idea to talk to experts at WhiteSands Treatment, at (877) 855-3470. You’ll find how wonderful it can be to attempt to get back on your feet with professional and caring guidance.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.