Prescription drug overuse is seen as one of the most misdiagnosed and unrecognized forms of drug use in the United States and oxycontin tops the list of such drug abuse. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 15,000 individuals died from oxycontin overdose in 2011, and that number continues to rise. If you suspect that your spouse is overusing oxycontin, you have probably asked yourself: does my spouse need oxycontin rehab?
An opiate narcotic pain killer, oxycontin affects the central nervous system and creates a euphoric sensation by blocking pain. When oxycontin is taken in large amounts and for long periods of time, a tolerance is developed. In order for individuals to reach the same high, or level of euphoria, they have to increase their dosage. This puts users at risk for overdose, which can lead to coma or death.
If your spouse has been overusing oxycontin, they may experience certain side effects such as constipation, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Withdrawal symptoms from oxycontin may begin within a few hours of the last time the drug was taken, depending on how much of the drug and how long your spouse has been using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include irregular heartbeat, sweating, severe abdominal pain, and agitation and anxiety.
Your spouse might be able to detox on their own. However, in some cases it may be necessary for them to seek professional help. The best detox available for oxycontin is medical detox with intravenous (IV) therapy. IV therapy is administered under physician supervision and it is considered the best method because intravenous therapy makes it possible for the doctor to adjust the medication to meet withdrawal symptoms as they change.
It may be necessary for your spouse to enroll in a program to help them control or eliminate with their oxycontin use. Traditional treatment such as 12 step programs promote the discredited theory that drug use, even prescription drug overuse, is an incurable disease.Â Twelve step programs follow the belief that the only treatment is belief in a higher power, abstinence and lifelong treatment.Â While groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have large numbers enroll in their programs, their success rate is actually very low with up to 95 percent of the people enrolled dropping out because they cannot live up to the expectations of the program. Fortunately, there is a better way and your spouse does not need rehab to overcome oxycontin.
The non-profit, non-religious St. Jude Retreats can help your spouse overcome oxycontin use. The Saint Jude Program uses cognitive behavioral education to teach guests self-evaluation techniques to reassess the choices they make and to make choices that are more productive. The truth is that your spouse is not diseased; they have just been making choices that have led them to their drug use. When they learn to make choices that are more productive and support those choices with habits and behaviors that are more positive, they will discover that they have the power to take back control of their life from oxycontin use.
St. Jude guests go on to have long term success without drug use. The program is periodically evaluated by outside professional research organizations. The objective, demonstrated and certified long term success of St. Jude guests is a very high proportion -- at least 62%.