Oxycontin Addiction Treatment


There are two problem areas in opiate addiction, and Oxycontin addiction treatment has to address both. The first is the physical withdrawal which is addressed with medical support while the drug is being withdrawn. The second is psychological—the propensity for addiction itself which must be addressed through therapy.

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Physical changes

The physical changes that come with Oxycontin addiction are well understood, but these changes in body chemistry take time to heal. Addicts will be given drugs to help ease withdrawal symptoms as they arise. Commonly, these include insomnia, loss of appetite and anxiety, but in "harder" addictions, they may include serious diarrhea (requiring fluid replacement), nausea and vomiting. Depression is also common.

Therapy for Psychological Aspects of Oxycontin Addiction

Therapy for the psychological problems that led to the addiction are addressed next and patients are taught coping strategies simultaneously with education about addiction. Group sessions are common, as well as individualized therapy to address unique issues.

Of primary concern is continuing structure and support after the patient leaves supervised care. Anti-depressants may be prescribed and there are medications which help reduce cravings, although there is not yet a completely successful "cure." Addiction is considered a chronic and life-long disease which will need monitoring and attention to prevent relapse. Ideally, the addict self-monitors or has support, but sometimes an outside authority is necessary.

Relapse Rates of Oxycontin Addiction

Relapse rates (in the first year) range from 50% all the way to 80% for Oxycontin addiction, depending on the program and the aftercare available. This is highly linked to motivation and family support. Addicts have the best chance when they attend a long term (3 months or more) program which is followed by monitoring and periodic reassessment. 12 Step programs are often beneficial, but it is hard to measure how effective they may be as a standalone treatment.

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