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Medically Assisted Oxycontin Detox

At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how difficult Oxycontin withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so serve that those struggling with Oxycontin 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 OxyContin?

OxyContin is a potent and habit-forming prescription opioid generally used for the treatment of moderate or severe pain. OxyContin was first introduced by pharmaceutical companies in the mid-1990s, and it was widely prescribed throughout the country until the federal government cracked down on distribution. While crackdowns did reduce the amount of addictive prescription opioids in circulation, men and women of all ages and in all demographics still suffer at the hands of OxyContin addiction. The good news is that recovery is possible regardless of how severe an opioid addiction has become so long as a comprehensive program of clinical care is closely adhered to.

At Guardian Recovery Network we remain dedicated to providing a multi-phased continuum of treatment that most often begins with a short-term stay in an inpatient medical detox center. Our detox program is highly individualized, and we treat all symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal quickly and effectively the moment they develop. In addition to providing a safe and pain-free withdrawal, we focus on laying a solid foundation for long-term sobriety. To learn more about our integrated OxyContin detox program, contact us today.

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OxyContin Abuse & The Opioid Epidemic

When abused, Oxycontin (which comes in a tablet form) is often crushed and snorted, injected intravenously, or smoked. As previously mentioned Oxycontin is extended-release – however, when it is used in any of these methods the effects begin to take place far more quickly. Once the drug hits the brain, neuroreceptors that produce a “euphoria” become engaged leading to an intense high (similar to that produced by heroin). Due to extremely high rates of abuse manufacturers began distributing a tamper-proof version of the pill in 2010. However, to this day Oxycontin is still widely misused.

OxyContin abuse rates remain high because of over-prescription and over-promotion. Many men and women who abuse prescription painkillers like OxyContin initially acquire them from a legitimate prescription from a doctor, or from a friend or relative. They can be easily found in the medicine cabinets of most American residents.

An article published by the US National Library of Medicine explores the relationship between OxyContin and the subsequent opioid epidemic. It states: “An in-depth analysis of the promotion and marketing of OxyContin (Purdue Pharma, Stamford, CT), a sustained-release oxycodone preparation, illustrates some of the key issues. When Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin in 1996, it was aggressively marketed and highly promoted. Sales grew from $48 million in 1996 to almost $1.1 billion in 2000. The high availability of OxyContin correlated with increased abuse, diversion, and addiction, and by 2004 OxyContin had become a leading drug of abuse in the United States.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between the years 1999 and 2018 roughly 232,000 men and women lost their lives to prescription opioid overdose. If you or someone you love has been struggling with prescription opioid addiction, there is help available. Reach out to Guardian Recovery Network for more information.

OxyContin Withdrawal

As is the case with other opioid narcotics, symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal are not generally life-threatening, but are physically and mentally agonizing. If they are not adequately treated in a medically monitored facility, they can result in serious health-related issues and lasting psychological concerns. Symptoms typically begin within the first 12 to 24 hours of the last dose, and include:

  • Irritability and agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Changes to sleep patterns/insomnia
  • Flu-like symptoms that include runny nose, watery eyes, chills, night sweats and low-grade fever
  • Excessive yawning
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • General feelings of discomfort
  • Blurred vision
  • Rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Symptoms associated with anxiety and depression

These symptoms can be broken down into two main stages — the early stage and the late stage of withdrawal. Symptoms peak within the first week and generally subside within two weeks. The withdrawal process can be eased significantly when all related symptoms are being monitored and treated as they occur.

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Is Medical Detox Necessary?

Medical detox is a necessary first step on every long-term program of clinical addiction treatment for several reasons:

Why Should I Go to Medical Detox?

  • The symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal without a medical detox are severely uncomfortable – without help, many people return to using again before the detox process has come to an end. At Guardian Recovery Network we treat symptoms as they develop ensuring client comfort. We utilize medication assisted treatment to help this process.
  • Around-the-clock access to medical care – this is extremely important in order to prevent any serious health-related complications that might occur.
  • We offer rehab placement services – this ensures that each client makes a smooth transition from detox into the next appropriate level of care (which is usually inpatient treatment).
  • In medical detox clients are exposed to the tools they need to maintain sobriety long-term – At Guardian Recovery Network we offer a range of addiction services geared towards laying a solid foundation for long-term sobriety including case management services, individual and group therapy, family therapy and personalized aftercare planning.

Treatment Options for OxyContin Withdrawal

There are several treatment options for a safe and pain-free OxyContin withdrawal. At Guardian Recovery Network we utilize a combination of medication assisted treatment (MAT), intensive behavioral therapy and holistically-based methodologies. Most clients who come to us with a moderate or severe OxyContin abuse disorder are good candidates for medications like naltrexone and buprenorphine, which work to alleviate physical symptoms while reducing drug cravings. We combine these medications with over-the-counter pain relievers and non-narcotic sleep aids whenever necessary. Clients have weekly access to individual therapy and daily access to group therapy, in which they identify and address the underlying causes of addiction and develop their personalized recovery goals. We also offer a range of homestyle retreat amenities geared towards client comfort, including well-appointed private and semi-private bedrooms, comfortable common spaces, a fully stocked kitchen, daily chef-prepared meals and the peace and solitude needed to heal.

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    At Guardian Recovery Network we offer numerous levels of clinical care to men and women across the country who have been suffering from substance abuse and dependence. Our facilities are all licensed, accredited and run by a team of dedicated professionals with combined decades of experience in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. We provide a focused program of medical detox — one that prioritizes client comfort while working to thoroughly introduce clients to the tools and skills they need to maintain sobriety long-term. We understand how devastating OxyContin addiction can be, and we know that committing to a long-term recovery program can seem entirely overwhelming if you are not sure what to expect. Rest assured that Guardian Recovery Network is available to walk you through every single step of the early recovery process, from admissions to a transition into the next appropriate level of care once physical stabilization has been achieved. To learn more or to begin your own personal journey of healing — or to help your loved one get started — contact us today.