Like many scheduled medical drugs, OxyContin is often abused and people become seriously addicted to the substance due to changes in their body and the mental attachment that is formed through continued use. OxyContin rehab facilities and programs can help a person to deal with the real issues behind their addiction and go on to live happy, fulfilling lives.
OxyContin is part of the opioid family of drugs. Opioids are drugs that mimic the effects of morphine in the brain which controls the reward and pain function of the brain and are highly addictive, often requiring OxyContin rehab to deal with. It is prescribed for people going through moderate to severe pain that occurs over a longer period of time such as after an operation. When a prescription opioid such as OxyContin is abused, it causes an extreme release of dopamine in the brain which results in a person feeling high amounts of euphoria and a sense of reward.
Prescription drug abuse can easily lead to addiction. Drug treatment can help the individual to understand the reason why the addiction formed as well as be given the tools to avoid future relapse. A detox can be performed at the rehab center to allow for the toxins to leave and for the body to recover normal function. Various methods of addiction therapy can them help patients change the way they behave in regards to substance abuse.
One fear people have when considering halting OxyContin use is the return of chronic pain. Therefore, many treatment programs help the patient to specifically deal with possible long-term pain through the help of non-addictive medication and therapy programs. Furthermore, as with other opiates such as heroin, an inpatient program is usually better for most people to successfully recover from an OxyContin addiction.
Inpatient treatment requires patient to live in a rehab facility for a set period of time. There, they can join a scheduled routine that involves addiction therapy in both a group and individual basis in order to help positively modify the behavior of the patient. The best possible care for Oxycontin detox is provided through around-the-clock supervision and depending on the severity of the addiction and the resulting withdrawal, medication may be administered to mitigate the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
Further advantages of inpatient rehab include not being able to relapse since a person cannot just leave the facility. This is crucial for very addictive substances such as opioids. It gives the treatment program a chance to take effect and for the person’s cravings to dissipate.
While outpatient rehab can be less effective due to the lack of supervision and the risk of relapse or stopping the program, sometimes people are not able to leave their responsibilities, but still want to stop their addiction and be helped with their withdrawal phase. Outpatient programs can give them the tools necessary to overcome addiction and prevent future relapse.
After a person has gone through detox and behavioral therapy, among other, the recovery does not stop. Addiction is something that some people have to deal with for their entire life. Relapse prevention is about recognizing patterns of behavior and emotional issues that commonly lead to drug abuse. When a person sees the patterns occurring, it is always best to make use of support groups in order to express the feelings that are happening and learn from others who have managed to beat similar situations.
Sponsors are another way to find support post-treatment in programs such as the 12-step program. When the need arises, the person is able to call on their sponsor and talk about what is happening in their life, like the loss of a loved one, causing thoughts of relapse.
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