Friday, July 27, 2012

How Did Your OxyContin Addiction Start ?

Your addiction to OxyContin may have started with pain from an injury or a chronic condition. When you went to your doctor’s office for help, and you were provided with a prescription for the drug, you were likely told how the drug was to be used. Perhaps you followed those instructions to the letter for a short period of time, but one day, you chose to bend the rules a bit and you took a higher dose than was recommended or you combined the drug with alcohol or another medication, trying to increase the sensation of euphoria. This is one pathway to addiction that many people follow.

Your addiction to OxyContin may have started in a completely different fashion, and if so, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, 78 percent of people who admitted to OxyContin use also admitted that they’d never been given a prescription for the drug. They may have received the drug by: purchasing it from a dealer, stealing it from relatives, receiving the drug as a gift from friends or relatives or buying it online
Using OxyContin without a prescription is illegal, and it’s also considered drug abuse. The medication is designed to treat pain, so using it for any other purpose is troublesome. If you’re using the drug to get high or for recreation, it’s time to stop and think hard about your actions and what you might need to do to stop. As you’ll see, experimenting with the drug can lead to abuse and addiction.

If you are using OxyContin to the point that you cannot stop, let us help.  At Above It All Treatment Center, we will set you up with a one on one personalized program to lead the way to a drug free life.  Contact us today to discuss your treatment options.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Time Release Is Still Addictive

In 1995, researchers thought they had made a bold strike in the fight against prescription painkiller abuse. Medications such as morphine were commonly abused, as they were provided in convenient dosages that users could simply double or triple in order to get high. Producers of oxycodone wrapped their drugs in a time-release capsule. In so doing, they thought it would be harder for addicts to abuse the pills. After all, they’re not designed to provide a rush of the drug. They’re designed to come on slowly and go away slowly. Sadly, addicts found a way around this time-release safeguard. In fact, it’s this time-release capability that makes oxycodone abuse so very dangerous. Addicts can crush the pills, stripping out the time-release capability, and receive hours of medication, all at the same time. When addicts figured this out, addiction rates began to climb.

The preparation of hydrocodone from thebaine was done to avoid the mood altering effects that were common with morphine and heroin. Oxycodone, like morphine, acts on the brain but does not show the full spectrum of mood altering effects seen with morphine or heroin, nor are the effects long lasting. However, the drug does have some euphoric effects, lessens anxiety and gives the user a pleasant experience. This plus the relatively easy availability of the drug has made it liable to abuse. Oxycodone and its derivatives have been illicitly abused in North America for the past 20-30 years.

If you or a friend are suffering from an addiction to Oxycontin and are ready to break that addiction, now would be the time to contact us at the Above It All Treatment Center.  We have trained professionals that can work with you to find the best way to set you on the road to a successful recovery.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Does Oxycontin Rule Your Life?

More and more people have been searching the web for drug rehab centers to help kick their Oxycontin addiction.  At Above It All Treatment Center you can find information on what has quickly become one of the most common forms of abuse and addiction in the past few years. Although Oxycontin has only been on the market for a little over ten years, it has already ruined countless lives and hundreds of users have died.

Oxycontin is potentially deadly and belongs to a class of opioid medications for which we've actually created specialized programs to treat men and women who are addicted to them. This drug can be accurately described as legalized heroin and we rue the day it hit the market in the US.

Many rehabs are quick to label you an addict for life, saying you will never have full control over yourself. We completely disagree with this. We know patients can recover fully without falling back into addiction. 
We differ from most other rehabs in our total approach to opiate detox.

If you can’t stop using Oxycontin, you likely need some professional help. The kind of help you need depends on your situation. Are you just dependent, or dependent and addicted to Oxycontin?

Anyone who uses the medication regularly for more than a couple of weeks will develop a physical dependence on the drug — a change in the brain that leads to a need to continue taking the medication. Anyone with a physical dependence will endure withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop taking the medication.

If you are looking for a treatment center that will provide you with a personalized plan of action to lead you to a successful, relapse free recovery, then contact us today.  We are here to help you through one of the toughest times in your life.