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Oxycontin Detox

Are you or someone you love considering a Oxycontin detox? At CuraSouth we understand how agonizing Oxy withdrawal can be — the hot-cold flashes,  gooseflesh, restlessness, twitchy legs, stomach cramps, body aches, mental anguish — the symptoms make quitting feel impossible. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medication assisted medical detox. At CuraSouth we make Oxycontin withdrawal as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Clients detox in a comfortable, supportive, homestyle environment. Beyond physical stabilization, CuraSouth emphasizes the importance of developing a hopeful path forward in recovery. At CuraSouth we first and foremost provide a safe, pain-free detox, then we get to work putting together a plan for long-term sobriety. We perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each client’s needs and recovery goals. We introduce our clients to the 12-steps, begin therapy and offer holistic treatments like acupuncture, meditation and yoga. Every client leaves with a firm foundation on which to build their ongoing recovery.

Oxycontin Addiction
Facts & Statistics

Oxycontin is the brand name of oxycodone hydrochloride, a potent painkiller that is only available through a prescription written by a medical professional. Those who abuse Oxycontin often take the drug in high doses in order to produce a euphoric effect – one that can mimic the effects of illicit opioid narcotics like heroin. This specific medication is available in tablet form, and is most commonly abused orally. However, some people attempt to bypass the extended-release feature of the medication by crushing Oxycontin tablets and ingesting them in other ways – either nasally (snorting the crushed tablet) or intravenously (converting the powder into a liquid and injecting it directly into the bloodstream). Oxycontin abuse and addiction are extremely prevalent throughout the United States. The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reported that roughly 1 million US residents over the age of 12 have abused Oxycontin at least once over the course of their lives. (1) Oxycontin abuse is especially severe among high school students, seeing as the medication is so widely prescribed and is therefore so easily obtainable. There are numerous risks involved with the misuse of this particular opioid narcotic medication, including the development of physical and psychological dependence, severe health-related complications and the risk of overdose-related death. Men and women who abuse the drug intravenously put themselves at risk of additional consequences, such as contracting life-threatening blood borne viruses.

If you or someone close to you has been abusing Oxycontin for any period of time, CuraSouth is available to help. When it comes to the abuse of this powerful medication there are several associated signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.

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Oxycontin Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

Both Oxycontin misuse and dependence are common throughout the US.

Signs of Oxycontin misuse might include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness and fatigue 
  • Insomnia and other disruptions to sleep
  • Additional physical symptoms like dry mouth, itchy skin, persistent headaches, profuse sweating and slowed breathing (respiratory depression)
  • Agitation and irritability 
  • Psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression 
  • Isolation from friends and family 
  • Lack of motivation 
  • Confusion and a lack of coordination

Symptoms associated with Oxycontin dependence include:

  • Continued use of Oxycontin despite personal consequences, which might be legal, financial or interpersonal in nature 
  • strong>Continuing to use the medication despite a desire to cut back or quit
  • Spending an ample amount of time obtaining Oxycontin, using the medication and recovering from its physical and psychological effects 
  • A lack of motivation to participate in activities and hobbies that were previously enjoyed 
  • Neglecting personal responsibilities and failing to fulfill personal obligations
  • Attempting to cut back on the dose but being unable to do so without help
  • An increase in risk-taking behaviors, like combining Oxycontin with other chemical substances (like alcohol) or driving while intoxicated 
  • Developing a physical tolerance over time 
  • Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when Oxycontin use is suddenly stopped

Oxycontin Withdrawal
Signs 7 Symptoms

Symptoms associated with Oxycontin withdrawal can begin anywhere from six to 30 hours after the last dose was taken, depending on the length and severity of abuse. Symptoms are not generally life-threatening, but they can lead to severe health-related complications when not overseen and adequately addressed in a medical detox facility.

Symptoms of Oxycontin withdrawal include:

  • Agitation and irritability 
  • Restlessness 
  • An inability to fall asleep
  • Runny nose, watery eyes and excessive yawning 
  • Profuse sweating 
  • Mild to moderate muscle aches 

After the first 24 hours of withdrawal, symptoms become more severe. This phase of the withdrawal process is known as “late stage withdrawal.”

The symptoms of late stage Oxycontin withdrawal include:

  • Severe abdominal cramping 
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Chills and goosebumps 
  • Uncontrollable shaking/body tremors 
  • Severe insomnia 
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Intense drug cravings 

In most cases, the symptoms begin to subside within the first three days and completely conclude within one to two weeks. The length of your stay in medical detox depends on how quickly physical stabilization can be achieved.

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Is Medical Detox Necessary?

When it comes to Oxycontin withdrawal it is important to understand that detox should never be carried out in an at-home setting, and that admission to a medically monitored detox facility is always necessary. The intense psychological drug cravings that are experienced during the late stage of Oxycontin withdrawal almost always lead to relapse if they are not professionally treated. The physical symptoms can also be so uncomfortable that they lead a person back to Oxycontin use before the detox process is complete. Medical detox provides a constantly supervised level of clinical care along with rehab placement, ensuring that clients are able to seamlessly transition to the next appropriate level of treatment. At CuraSouth we offer a combination of proven and evidence-based treatment methods geared towards making the withdrawal process as pain-free and short-lived as possible.

Treatment Options for Oxycontin Detox

At CuraSouth we utilize a combination of tapering, Medication Assisted Treatment, intensive therapeutic intervention and holistically-based detox methods in order to provide the most effective and integrated care available.

When it comes to Oxycontin withdrawal we generally offer a combination of the following treatment methods:

  • Over-the-counter and non-narcotic medications to help alleviate physical symptoms, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, sleep aids and anti-nausea/diarrhea medications
  • Medications like Suboxone and Subutex to alleviate physical withdrawal symptoms while reducing drug cravings 
  • Methods of therapeutic intervention which include relapse prevention training, 12 step program exposure and individual/group therapy 
  • Beneficial holistic treatment methods, like acupuncture (which has been shown to reduce opioid cravings) 

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Our Simple Admissions Process

At CuraSouth we believe that medically monitored detox services should be readily available and easily accessible to those in need. For this reason, we have developed an admissions process that is simple and uncomplicated from start to finish. The moment you or your loved one gives us a call we begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which consists of a series of simple questions pertaining to the oxycontin abuse disorder and its related consequences. This helps our medical team determine which detox services are going to be the most beneficial for each unique case. Upon admission to our program each client undergoes a more detailed and in-depth evaluation, which covers his or her current physical and psychological state, as well as personal history and family history with substance abuse. Individualized treatment plans are developed based on these two assessments, and they are constantly adjusted and modified as clients progress through our program.

Once the initial pre-assessment is completed over the phone, we begin developing a viable plan for coverage, which varies depending on whether or not you or your loved one is currently insured. At CuraSouth we work with most major regional and national providers, ensuring that our detox services are as accessible as possible. If you or your loved one is underinsured or entirely uninsured we offer additional options, such as self-pay and private pay. Finally we set a date and a time for intake and help arrange plans for safe and reliable transportation. To learn more about oxycontin detox, to begin your own journey of healing, or to help someone you love, contact us today.