Oxycontin addiction has many faces. It could be residing next
door in the guise of your neighbor. It could be present in the
mailroom clerk at your office. Oxycontin abuse could be hiding
behind the angst of your teenager or even in your own reflection
in a mirror.Known by a number of names like "OC" or
"Oxy," Oxycontin is a powerful narcotic that relieves
severe pain. And, like many other narcotics, this drug can be
highly addictive if used inappropriately.
Following a doctor's instructions is paramount in avoiding an
Oxycontin problem. No one starts taking this potent painkiller
with the intentions of abusing it and becoming addicted. The destructive
cycle starts innocently enough. The physical pain is a little
more than can be handled, so someone figures, what could it hurt
to just take one extra pill to cut the edge off?
Faced with an Oxycontin Addiction
Pretty soon, the person is caught in a cycle that is tough to
break and excuses are created as to why a refill is needed from
the doctor such as "My medicine was accidentally thrown away"
or "I left it at my hotel on vacation." If the person's
own doctor won't prescribe it anymore, they might seek doctors
across town or in another city to get a new prescription. They
are now caught in a full-blown Oxycontin abuse problem.
Whether you or a loved one is caught up in the addiction,
it is important to be aware of the side effects. Seek help
if you recognize these symptoms in yourself or in a loved
one who you suspect is taking Oxycontin:
- Physical pain beyond what the Oxycontin
was prescribed for like muscle twitching, cramps and joint pain
- Dilated pupils, unfocused vision
- Seizures, slow or shallow breathing
or passing out
- Sick to stomach, clammy skin and
All of the indicators listed above can signify an Oxycontin addiction.
These symptoms are more prominent when the addict has not been
able to get their fix. People who normally are upstanding citizens
of the community and caring people lose themselves to this addiction
and sometimes commit illegal offenses like theft, actions that
they normally would never do, all for the sake of getting their
hands on the addictive Oxycontin. Remember Rush Limbaugh's charges
of doctor shopping?
Because the drug can be easily abused, the withdrawal process
is often compared to that of morphine or heroin withdrawal. It
is a tough addiction to break and almost impossible to overcome
alone. Rehab centers and strict doctor supervision is necessary
to beat the cycle of Oxycontin abuse and addiction safely and