The slide into an addiction lifestyle often begins with the introduction to a narcotic prescription medication like OxyContin. This is a time-released form of Oxycodone that is often prescribed to provide on-going relief for people suffering moderate to severe pain. Unfortunately, although most OxyContin addiction stories typically start with legitimate use of this drug, they do not always end that way.
According to Munchie Morgan addiction story, her sister Sarah was introduced to OxyContin after a car accident. Like many others, Sarah’s use of this narcotic opioid quickly segued into an uncontrollable heroin problem. “When I first heard about her addiction, I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. I had never been around drugs like that, much less been tempted to try them.” Sadly, Morgan’s reaction to her sister’s drug problem is a common one.
The signs of a developing dependence on drugs often go unnoticed especially if the drug use commenced with a doctor prescribed medication such as OxyContin. After a drug overdose tragedy, family members can often pin point patterns of behavior that occurred after their loved one was treated for an injury or painful condition. However, the following obvious red flags that are indicative of drug abuse are usually overlooked such as:
If any of these signs of addiction are manifesting for you or a loved one, it may be time to seek drug intervention treatment. The similarities between heroin and OxyContin has made the transition from one drug to the other the norm rather than an anomaly. And, although addiction to OxyContin does not have the same negative stigma attached to it as Heroin does, when abused, both substances are highly addictive and has the same potential to cause death. Surveys indicate that most people that are addicted to OxyContin usually switch to heroin because as an illicit street drug, it is more accessible and less expensive.
The danger any narcotic medication like OxyContin is that addiction can occur in some individuals, even with strict adherence to the doctor’s use guidelines. Also, leaving the drug in unsecured areas such as a medicine cabinet can also lead to non-medical use by teenagers, young adults or even visitors to the home. Based on National Survey data on Drug Use and Health in the United States, the non-medical use of OxyContin among people between 12 years and older has continued to increase to some degree annually since 2002. In addition, the Drug Abuse Warning Network data indicated a 17% spike in emergency room visits across the country due to nonmedical use of drugs like OxyContin that contain oxycodone.
Drug treatment offers a realistic solution to addiction especially if treatment occurs at the onset of the abuse. There are various treatment options available which are based on a number of variables such as duration of addiction and the current physical and mental health of the patient among others. Many individuals that have struggled with all forms of substance addictions report that they have been able, through treatment, to achieve sustainable sobriety that enable them to resume happy and productive drug free lives.
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