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Medically Assisted Oxycodone Detoxification

At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how difficult Oxycodone withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so severe that those struggling with Oxycodone addiction return to using within 24 hours. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be identified and treated immediately. At Guardian Recovery Network we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each client’s needs and recovery goals. Guardian Recovery Network provides 24 hour medical supervision and comfort care for our detox clients. Our medical and client support team’s goal is to make sure all clients have a safe and comfortable detox so they can begin the next phase in their recovery journey.

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a potent and habit-forming prescription painkiller most commonly used to treat moderate or severe pain. Because this medication is so addictive it is rarely prescribed to be taken for more than several weeks at a time, and despite relatively strict guidelines on distribution, oxycodone is one of the most commonly prescribed narcotic painkillers in the country. Oxycodone is a morphine-like, semi-synthetic opioid alkaloid with analgesic activity. Oxycodone works on the central nervous system and mimics the effects of endogenous opioids. Oxycodone inhibits the release of many neurotransmitters to reduce the pain level that one is experiencing.

Oxycodone Abuse & The Opioid Epidemic

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 1.8 million people had a prescription pain reliever use disorder and 11.5 million misused prescription pain relievers in 2016. From 1999 to 2008, the treatment admission linked to prescription painkiller addiction more than doubled. In 2019, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported more than 50,000 opioid-related overdose deaths. While many believe that heroin is driving this opioid epidemic, the truth is that it can largely be attributed to the overprescription of potent and highly addictive medications like Oxycodone. According to a survey taken in 2014, 94 percent of respondents confirmed that they had switched from prescription painkillers to heroin because medications like oxycodone were, “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” There is a clear link between the overprescription of medications like oxycodone and the subsequent nationwide opioid epidemic. Because oxycodone can be prescribed to anyone who is suffering from moderate or severe pain, men and women from every demographic and personal background are liable to develop an opioid dependence over time. Even when taken exactly as prescribed this medication can result in physical and psychological dependence. The good news is that long-term opioid addiction recovery is always possible with the right tools in place. 

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Oxycodone Addiction

The symptoms associated with Oxycodone abuse and dependence include:

  • Using more Oxycodone than intended for a longer period of time than intended
  • Attempting to get more than one Oxycodone prescription at a time (doctor shopping)
  • Stealing prescription painkillers from friends or family members or purchasing them directly from a dealer
  • Attempting to cut back on the amount of Oxycodone being taken but being unable to do so for any significant period of time
  • Experiencing a wide range of personal consequences directly linked to Oxycodone use, which can be financial, legal or interpersonal
  • An increase in risk-taking behaviors like driving while under the influence
  • A lack of attention pain to personal hygiene
  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
  • A lack of motivation to participate in activities that were previously enjoyed and to fulfill personal responsibilities
  • The development of a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose of Oxycodone is required in order for the desired effects to be produced
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped suddenly

Oxycodone Withdrawal

Oxycodone withdrawal typically begins within the first 12 hours after the last dose, and can be broken down into two main phases – early withdrawal and late withdrawal. While we work to treat the immediate symptoms of withdrawal as soon as they arise, we also look ahead and consider treatment for the long-term, post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Regular use of Opioids severely impacts brain chemistry, which regulates mood, energy, mental clarity, hormones and a whole host of other body functions. It takes time to re-wire and restore the normal functioning of the brain. Post acute withdrawal symptoms are the ongoing detrimental effects of addiction on one’s mind, body and spirit. They can range in severity and often come and go in cyclical fashion for approximately a year or more into one’s sobriety.

While we work to treat the immediate symptoms of withdrawal as soon as they arise, we also look ahead and consider treatment for the long-term, post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Regular use of Opioids severely impacts brain chemistry, which regulates mood, energy, mental clarity, hormones and a whole host of other body functions. It takes time to re-wire and restore the normal functioning of the brain. Post acute withdrawal symptoms are the ongoing detrimental effects of addiction on one’s mind, body and spirit. They can range in severity and often come and go in cyclical fashion for approximately a year or more into one’s sobriety.

Early Stage Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Mild anxiety
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Nausea and stomach cramping
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Flu-like symptoms including watery eyes and runny nose
  • Excessive yawning
  • General feelings of discomfort

Late Stage Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depressed mood
  • Uncontrollable shaking and body tremors
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Problems with cognitive tasks, such as problem-solving, learning, or memory recall
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Problems with social relationships
  • Cravings for the addictive drug they used
  • Pessimism. apathy and lack of interest
  • Lack of focus and procrastination
  • Sleep irregularity — either too much or too little
  • Increased sensitivity to stress
  • Impulsivity

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Is Medical Detox Necessary?

Medical detox is essential for several reasons. Of course, it is essential that symptoms are treated as they develop in order for health-related complications to be avoided. Medical detox is also important in the sense that it offers clients who have been abusing prescription painkillers the opportunity to explore alternative methods of pain management. The majority of men and women who fall into the destructive pattern of Oxycodone abuse were originally prescribed the medication for a legitimate reason. At Guardian Recovery Network we focus on non-invasive and effective pain management as we prepare clients for a seamless transition into inpatient rehab.

Treatment Options for Oxycodone Withdrawal

Oxycodone withdrawal is not usually life-threatening, but the associated symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable unless thoroughly treated. At Guardian Recovery Network we combine Medication Assisted Treatment with intensive behavioral therapy, adequately treating the physical and psychological implications of withdrawal. When it comes to the treatment of opioid dependence we often utilize medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone — both opioid antagonists — to reduce physical symptoms and alleviate the drug cravings that often lead to relapse. We also utilize over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat general body aches and physical discomfort, and non-narcotic sleep aids to treat insomnia. Clients undergo an in-depth psychological evaluation upon their admission. If an underlying and untreated dual diagnosis is present we might prescribe an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication, which is closely monitored by an on-staff psychiatrist. Because pain management is an important part of opioid abuse recovery, we also offer several holistically-based and proven methods of pain relief including acupuncture, massage therapy and physical therapy. Following detox, Guardian Recovery has many options for continuing care.

Continuing care options include:

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    If you or your loved one has been struggling with an oxycodone abuse disorder of any severity, Guardian Recovery Network is available to help. Our comprehensive program of medically monitored detox focuses on providing clients with a safe and pain-free oxycodone withdrawal in a comfortable and structured environment. Clients have access to 24-hour medical supervision and treatment ensuring that all symptoms of withdrawal are treated the moment they develop. In addition to helping clients work towards physical stabilization we provide them with a range of addiction services geared towards helping them begin the journey of mental and emotional healing as they prepare to transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care. To learn more about our oxycodone detox program or to begin your own personal journey of healing — or to help your loved one get started — contact us today.