Although Oxycontin is part of the powerful opioid class of drugs and is therefore easy to become dependent on, addiction recovery rates are positive—upwards of 80 percent—if the addict obtains help from a rehab facility on either an in- or outpatient basis.
The first step when seeking recovery for an addiction to Oxycontin is to start a detoxification program under the guidance of an addiction specialist or other healthcare professional. Such specialists can provide medication interventions that can ease the symptoms of withdrawal, which can include insomnia, depression, muscle and joint pain, heart palpitations, constant sweating, diarrhea, nausea, excessive yawning, watery eyes, hypertension, perpetual tiredness, uncontrollable coughing and fever.
Physicians and addiction specialists typically approach the detoxification process by tapering the addict off Oxycontin gradually rather than ceasing it suddenly: this has shown to greatly ease the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous effects of withdrawal and greatly increase the chances of long-term recovery. And often, medications such as Clonadine or Methadone are given to the individual as a substitute and Oxycontin abuse deterrent, which helps the patient slowly decrease dosages of the drug until they no longer physically need to take it.
Addiction specialists can also guide the addict through the withdrawal process by beginning a program of behavioral therapies combined with motivational incentive programs in a private or group setting. During the recovery process cravings for the drug can be intense, and as such therapies typically involve standard strategies that relate to addiction to other substances: avoiding situations where the addict used Oxycontin as well as people they may have used the drug with are critical elements of recovery, as is constantly reinforcing the negative consequences of their addiction. Such consequences often involve a deterioration of interpersonal relationships and legal, financial and career issues and problems.
Because the detoxification and recovery process from Oxycontin addiction can be difficult, it’s vital that family and friends provide encouragement to the addict at every stage of their treatment. Many addiction centers and specialists recommend family therapy programs as part of recovery treatment, during which serious interpersonal issues that arose because of the addiction can be addressed and confronted.
Because powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and other drugs containing oxycodone are still relatively new and so widely available in our country today, the chances for widespread abuse and addiction are serious public health epidemics. But as with any addiction, long-term and lasting recovery is possible when the individual has the support of addiction counselors as well as family and friends. And of course, it’s important to know that help and hope is available, and that they can beat their addiction to the drug and achieve lifelong recovery from the potentially devastating physical, psychological and social effects of Oxycontin abuse.