Helping Someone Stay Clean from OxyContin
Freedom is possible from OxyContin addiction. Much is known about opiate addiction recovery and help is available. If someone you know is wrestling with OxyContin addiction you may serve an important role in her recovery.
How OxyContin Addiction Develops
The first thing any friend or loved one should do if a loved one is struggling with an OxyContin addiction is to have a basic understanding of how it works. Many people mistakenly believe that drug addiction develops due to careless behavior, irresponsibility or a lack of personal discipline. While there certainly are many who become addicted after seeking a high, addicts are truly victims of a disease once they are hooked. There are also millions who received a legitimate prescription for pain relief and quickly became dependent on the drug with no warning. The bottom line here is that however a person ended up with an addiction it is important to move into a support mode and behave the same way you would if you could help someone recover from the flu or a broken bone.
OxyContin creates both physical and psychological addictions. These are related, but distinct in their characteristics. Physical addiction is established when certain naturally occurring chemicals that the body normally creates are suppressed by the drug. In the case of OxyContin this leads to strong physical cravings, flu-like symptoms, extreme anxiety and increased pain when the drug leaves the body. Because the body develops a tolerance to opiates very quickly, users will need a larger dose to achieve the same results as the first time they took the drug. Increased dosing greatly increases the likelihood of addiction.
OxyContin, like other narcotics, gives the user a euphoric high as it washes through the “pleasure center” of the brain. This is the same part of the brain responsible for impulse control, behavior reinforcement and emotions. The drug chemically rewires the brain so that users cannot control themselves. Users may have every intention to stay clean, but their mind will work against their recovery. The psychological aspects of addiction are responsible for more relapses than the physical. Any successful long-term treatment must include addressing this complicated aspect of dependency.
Helping an OxyContin User Get and Stay Clean
There are many successful treatment programs for OxyContin addiction. The best programs offer a range of services that they customize for each unique person who comes through their doors. Some of the therapies include the following:
- Medically supervised detox (alleviates most of the harshest symptoms of withdrawal)
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment to identify and treat any co-occurring disorders
- Fully integrated rehab of psychological addiction
- Individual counseling
- Group support
- Healthy food, relaxing environments and stimulating activities
If your loved one has recently gotten clean from OxyContin, there are several things you can do to support long-term recovery. The most powerful assistance is an ongoing attitude of patience and optimism. Even in the face of relapse never stop believing your friend or family member can find recovery. Engage in positive healthy activities and promote honest communication and transparency. Attend support group meetings with the individual if invited. Change your own substance use to respect the former user’s struggle. Make yourself available to help through this difficult time. Your support could make all the difference in the world.
Ongoing Support for Recovering OxyContin Users
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