If you are worrying about a loved one who may be addicted to the use of oxycodone, you can usually tell with the signs if it is already severe or not. For one, the amount of time the person spends using or talking about oxycodone could be an indicator. Even mixing oxycodone with alcohol or other prescription medications could be a sign. Both of these often indicate that there is abuse or addiction.
Opioids including oxycodone can cause increasing tolerance in its users so you would have to take in larger doses of the drug to achieve the first “high” experience. If you have noticed that your friend or family member is increasing their doses without a doctor’s order or has difficulty stopping the use of oxycodone, then it is possible that he or she is physically dependent, if not fully addicted to the drug.
Oxycodone addiction may cause changes in the mood.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders determines the characteristics persistent to the set of disturbances in the mood like being irritable or depressed. The following, however, can serve as a general guide for addiction:
- A lot of time is spent using, recovering or obtaining the drug.
- Persistent desire or cravings for oxycodone or unsuccessful at efforts to stop or cut down use.
- Occupational, recreational or social activities are reduced and may even be given up due to the addiction.
- The presence of withdrawal symptoms or when the person continues to use the drug to avoid the symptoms.
Here are the physical symptoms of withdrawal from oxycodone:
- Dry mouth
- Nodding off
- Muscle and bone pain
The symptoms of an addiction to oxycodone can be treated.
First off, you may try intervention programs, which can either be informal or formal. No matter which type of intervention you choose, your goal will be to bring the addicted person directly to an oxycodone addiction treatment facility.
If you choose an informal type of intervention, you need to plan the action with family members and friends and probably gather everyone with the addicted person to discuss the problem. In your discussion, you may talk about how the use of the drug is already affecting the people around. If you find this difficult to attempt then you may go for a formal type of intervention that will include professionals like counselors and psychiatrists.
The symptoms of addiction to oxycodone are manifested as a result of psychological processes and chemical dependency. When the addiction becomes disrupted, mental symptoms will have to be addressed.
A common treatment used for oxycodone addiction and other types of addiction is the behavioral therapy, which determines the underlying emotional issues that need attention. You can also seek help from clinics or local practitioners and ask for the best referrals.
You can also opt for pharmaceutical treatments to stop some of the effects of the drug.
Some recovering addicts turn to opiate blockers or lower their dose of the drug gradually to be as comfortable as possible during withdrawal. Doctors also prescribe naloxone and buprenorphine to address dependency and the symptoms of withdrawal.
Addiction treatments can either be inpatient or outpatient treatment. For the latter, you will visit a clinic then go home whereas the former requires their patients to stay in the facility for some time. This option is actually seen as the best for people with a stronger addiction to oxycodone.
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