Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Drug Addiction : How to Recover From an Oxycontin Addiction

As an addiction specialist based in Tampa Florida I would like to discuss how to break an Oxycodone (Oxycontin) addiction.

Oxycodone is a member of the opiate of family. Oxycodone is the name of the drug that for some, becomes highly addictive. Oxycodone can be combined with acetaminphen (Percocet, Tylox, for example) or aspirin. It is also often combined in cough surpressants and other medications. Oxycontin (the "contin" means continious) is sold in different strengths. It is used solely for time released pain relief. This medication is suppose to last for up to 12 hours, but many times, people have episodes of "breakthrough pain" and they are also given oxycodone to help get them through, until their next dose. For many, these drugs can be used correctly and can benefit chronic pain sufferers. Often times people become addicted to oxycontin and other pain killers after having taken them for long periods of time. When they try to stop, the side affects can be debilitating and they keep taking it in higher doses just to avoid the side affects that occur. Other times, teenagers are taking these medications from their parents medicine cabinets, most always in an attempt to "get high." This behavior can result in an addiction to oxycontin, and when it is no longer available to them, they will resort to buying the oxycontin on the street.
(Read the statistics below.)
Other drugs that are in the opiate family are Morphine, Hydrocodone, Heroin and others. Because of the availability of prescription medications and painkillers like oxycodone, often times, people who are addicted to these medications or drugs can find them more easily than illicit or strictly street drugs. This is part of the reason addiction to prescription drugs, specifically painkillers, has been on the rise most recently.

What can you do about an Oxycodone (Oxycontin) Addiction?

1- Absolutely engender some sort of help; typically people don’t break this cycle all alone. Talk to a family member loved one, doctor or a Tampa addiction specialist, or mental health counselor. These are people who are trained to deal with these types of issues regularly.

2- Consider involving yourself in some sort of group therapy, like a 12 step program, utilized by such as AA, or NA, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous respectively.

3- In seeking a Tampa addiction specialist you would likely want to find one who has a license to subscribe Suboxone. This is a medication that can help with cravings and addictions specifically in the opiate family... This of course is not a solution to your oxycontin addiction or other painkiller addiction but part of the recovery program.

There is no age, gender or race barrier against prescription drug or painkiller abuse and addiction. Daily, more than 2,000 teenagers try a painkiller to get high for the first time which often results in an addiction to painkillers. According to recent ad campaigns to raise awareness of teen prescription drug use, teens are often times obtaining these drugs from their own parents’ medicine cabinets and are both being abused and sold on the street. Treatment for painkiller addiction, such as oxycotin addiction, Oxycodone addiction or other opiates, can be obtained discretely and humanely in my Tampa office.

Although you are addicted to a painkiller, such as oxycotin, you are NOT an addict to me and you’ll be provided discrete and compassionate care during your recovery. If you are in the Tampa bay area and require treatment for an oxycotin addiction, please let us know.

If you would like more information first, visit my website, http://www.tampasuboxone.com/ or call 813-350-9500 for an appointment.