How OxyContin Affects the Brain
OxyContin is a powerful narcotic that is often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Like all opiates OxyContin can be habit forming even when used as directed by a doctor. OxyContin slows down and eventually stops the production of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are the body’s natural response to physical pain. Without endorphin production an individual is physically dependent on OxyContin to deal with physical pain. An array of psychological effects is also associated with OxyContin addiction. Quitting OxyContin can be extremely difficult if not impossible without help and professional treatment.
Physical Effects of OxyContin
Physical dependency on OxyContin is the main driving force behind addiction to OxyContin. After taking OxyContin over an extended period of time an individual will notice that higher doses of the drug are needed to achieve the same sensations of pain relief. This need to for higher doses is the result of the body building a tolerance to OxyContin. Prolonged OxyContin use will eventually halt the production of endorphins in the brain. Once this happens OxyContin or other opiates are now the only means of dealing with physical pain. If an OxyContin user can’t get more of the drug or suddenly stops using, the body is left with no way to manage pain. This will trigger painful withdrawal symptoms and cravings for more OxyContin.
Psychological Dependency to OxyContin
OxyContin delivers a euphoric high that many users crave. The more pills that are ingested at one time the more intense the high. Some users rely on OxyContin to do the following:
Deal with stress at home or the workplace
Dope with painful memories
Consciously or subconsciously self-medicate a mental health issue like anxiety or depression
As intense as physical and psychological dependency can be, the effects of OxyContin on the brain can be reversed with treatment at professional rehab centers.
OxyContin Addiction Help
If you are addicted to OxyContin, there is help available. Call our toll-free helpline today to learn how you can take the first steps toward regaining control of your life. You can speak to one of our representatives and ask any questions you might have about OxyContin addiction rehab programs and treatment. We are available 24 hours a day, so there is no reason to wait. It is time to reach out for help and overcome the effects of OxyContin on the brain.