OxyContin is only intended for moderate to severe pain that is present on a daily basis and that requires a very strong pain reliever. Patients with this type of severe pain condition require daily pain treatment. Taking OxyContin daily can result in physical dependence, a condition in which the body shows signs of narcotic withdrawal if the OxyContin is stopped suddenly. This is not the same thing as addiction, which represents a situation in which people obtain and take narcotics because of a psychological need, and not just to treat a legitimate painful condition.
Physical dependence can be treated by, under the advice of a physician, slowly decreasing the OxyContin dose when it is no longer needed for the treatment of pain. Concerns of addiction should not prevent patients with appropriate pain conditions from using OxyContin or other narcotics for pain relief.
However, if you find that you are increasing your dosage as you build a tolerance for OxyContin, this could be a sign that you are facing an addiction problem. This could mean it is time to see out professional help in order to stop any addiction before it becomes a major problem.
If you are in need of some help to break an addiction, then we can help. Contact us and we can design a personal program to meet your needs. At Above It All Treatment Center, we are here to assist you on the road to an addiction free life. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.