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Can I Build a Tolerance to OxyContin?

Learn more about Oxycontin and how it affects you.

OxyCOntin AddictionIf you are one of the many people who use OxyContin you may be asking yourself the question, "Can I build a tolerance to OxyContin?" The answer is yes, you can build a tolerance to OxyContin. In fact, statistics show that more than 15,000 people died from OxyContin overdoses in 2011, most likely from having developed a tolerance to the drug and using greater amounts to get high.

To understand how you can develop a tolerance to OxyContin, it is important to understand what OxyContin is and how it works. OxyContin is an opioid narcotic pain killer. It comes from the same family of drugs that Vicodin, morphine, Percocet and heroin and, like those other drugs, it affects the central nervous system and the brain.

Like heroin, people can snort OxyContin, inject it, or swallow it in pill form. If you take OxyContin for a long period of time, you will develop a tolerance, which will require more of the drug to achieve the same desired effect.

There are a number of side effects which generally accompany a dependency on OxyContin. These symptoms can include fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, loss of consciousness, coma, and death. Probably one of the most common side effects is the constipation that often goes with narcotic use. Individuals reported painful hard stools as a result of their OxyContin use. In some individuals, there is a side effect known as hyperanalgesia which results in hypersensitivity to pain.

Individuals who want to quit taking OxyContin may require detox. Intravenous (IV) therapy detox is seen as the best method for detoxing from OxyContin. IV therapy medical detox is administered by a board certified and licensed physician. Patients are monitored around the clock by registered nurses with critical care experience. Intravenous therapy is important because it allows the doctor to make any necessary changes to the medication as the patient's withdrawal symptoms change thereby increasing patient comfort.

After detox, if needed, most people look for help in staying drug-free. 12 Step programs are the most common type of after detox program. The 12 Steps are based on the theory that addiction is a chronic, incurable disease, that people must submit their will to God or some other Higher Power, that substance users suffer from "loss of control," that they can never use drugs again, and that they will die an addict after many expected relapses. These are hard demands to live under for the rest of a person's life and few people succeed in doing so. The success rate of 12 Step programs in the short run, much less a lifetime, is an abysmal one out of every 20 members. That's a depressing fact if you are seeking permanent change.

An effective alternative program is Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) program available at the Saint Jude Retreats. What distinguishes CBE is its effectiveness in helping people achieve and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Independent research has repeatedly found a success rate of at least 62% among former guests of the St. Jude retreats in enjoying such a substance abuse free life. If you want your life to be permanently free from OxyContin use, your best chance of success is enrolling in CBE residential program at Saint Jude Retreats.

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