OxyContin addiction affects people from all walks of life. The prescription opioid is often taken for long-term chronic pain, surgeries, and injuries. Unfortunately, OxyContin is highly addictive. Here in Colorado, OxyContin overdose and prescriptions have increased over the last several years. Because OxyContin is highly addictive, it can be difficult to stop talking without medically supervised detox.
Are you or someone in your life ready to quit OxyContin use? Northpoint Colorado’s Loveland clinic treats OxyContin addiction and co-occurring disorders. To learn more about our inpatient and outpatient detox and recovery programs, contact us at 970.579.4569 for a free assessment.
What Is OxyContin?
OxyContin is a synthetic opioid that contains oxycodone. Derived from the opium poppy, oxycodone stops pain reception in the brain and body. This can ease chronic pain, and if the pill is crushed, cause euphoric feelings. Like other opioids, OxyContin changes a person’s brain chemistry. It provides a rush of dopamine, the “pleasure chemical.” While the brain produces dopamine naturally, OxyContin replaces natural dopamine and eventually the brain stops making it on its own. This can lead to OxyContin dependency.
Common side effects of taking OxyContin include:
- Chills or cold sweats
- Difficult or labored breathing
- Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- Tightness in the chest
Oxycontin dependency is, unfortunately, common. So are deaths from overdose. However, a professional substance abuse treatment program can help.
Like with other opioids, attempting to stop using OxyContin at home can be dangerous and unsuccessful. OxyContin withdrawal, often called “dope sickness,” can be painful. Symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal include:
- Intense drug cravings
- Flu-like symptoms
- Profuse sweating
- Reckless behavior
- Erratic behavior
- Drug-seeking behavior
- Night terrors
When the brain and body become accustomed to receiving dopamine from OxyContin, they will go into intense cravings and withdrawal when the drug leaves the bloodstream. For many, will willpower alone is not enough to prevent more drug use or other reckless behavior.
OxyContin Addiction Treatment at Northpoint
Northpoint Colorado provides patients with a range of opioid treatment programs. Our intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization (PHP), and 28-day residential detox treatments give our patients the flexibility and care they need. We now provide virtual IOP as well.
Our OxyContin addiction rehab programs help clients detox safely. During detox, our staff monitor vital signs and provide balanced nutrition and supplements to prevent health complications and ease withdrawal. Our psychiatric team helps clients in individual and family therapy sessions uncover the root cause of their addiction.
Detox offers you 24/7 support from a full medical team with prescription medications available to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. Healing activities are also helpful, and we have integrated acudetox as part of our treatment program. You’ll be able to focus fully on your recovery.
Studies show nearly half of people living with addiction have undiagnosed co-occurring disorders. At Northpoint Colorado, we can diagnose and treat underlying anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders contributing to addiction.
The treatment phase will focus on the psychological aspects of your addiction. You’ll understand the root causes of your OxyContin use, manage cravings that can cause relapse, and retrain your brain to function normally without OxyContin.
Aftercare will be recommended as part of your individualized recovery plan. It may include outpatient treatment and community interaction with our alumni group. Regardless of which path you are directed to take, it’s important that you continue to practice in aftercare what you’ve learned in treatment and receive support to maintain a sober lifestyle.
Compassionate Care for OxyContin Addiction from Northpoint Colorado
At Northpoint Colorado, we know each of our patients is unique. So is their experience with Oxycontin. We believe in individualized care that provides clients with the help they need in the clinic and at home. That’s why we now offer virtual IOP programs.
Northpoint Colorado is here to bring OxyContin addiction treatment to more Colorado residents. Our range of programs provides flexible, effective detox and recovery plans to fit your lifestyle.
If you or someone in your life is dependent on OxyContin, don’t wait. Call Northpoint Colorado today at 970.579.4569 to get started.