In the beginning, Oxycontin was ahead of the curve in pain management. Set in a time release formula, the opiate painkiller effectively allowed chronic pain sufferers to manage their pain without the need of other drugs throughout the day. However, the ability to misuse the drug was discovered and drug users found that by snorting or injecting Oxycontin they could bypass the time release capability and experience the full effects of the drug immediately.
Oxycontin is an opiate and effective works on the central nervous system and brain by blocking the opioid receptors which allow the body to experience pain and pleasure. Rather than feel pain the individual will have a euphoric sensation. Oxycontin has been pretty accessible and readily available to individuals by prescription, but many individuals find the drug just as easily available to them on the street or through other avenues.
Individuals who take large amounts of Oxycontin are at risk for developing a tolerance to the drug which can result in overdose and be fatal. Taking Oxycontin for long periods of time may result in habitual use and may produce certain side effects such as constipation, dizziness and drowsiness, fatigue, headache, nausea and vomiting, flu like symptoms, seizures, coma and death. In some rare instances, some individuals develop hyperalgesia which actually allows them to experience severe pain.
Oxycontin rehab success rates are often lackluster, although they typically advertise high success rates. There are several different methods of help available for Oxycontin users that may include detox, 12 step programs, non 12 step programs, holistic program and educational programs and may be available as a residential program or nonresidential program.
Detox may be necessary depending on the amount of the drug you have been taking, the frequency you have been using and how long you have been using Oxycontin. While there are varying types of detox, the best method seems to be IV therapy medical detox. This method allows the medication to be adjusted to meet the withdrawal symptoms which allows the patient to remain comfortable throughout the process. Detox should never be considered as a successful way to overcome oxycontin or substituted as a help program.
Nonresident detox may include self reporting to a doctor's office or to a clinic to receive medication to help you through the detox process while at the same time maintaining your daily routine. This method most often uses the drugs Methadone and Suboxone and statistically the success rates are not that positive due to a lack of regulation control over how long individuals may take these medications. Some studies indicate that a vast majority have been taking either Methadone or Suboxone for longer than 20 years.
Oxycontin rehab is also available through 12 step programs; however this method considers Oxycontin use to be a disease and insists that maintain sobriety is not a possibility as everyone relapses. The constant threat of failure actually turns many off from this type of rehab which is evident in the 95 percent dropout rate for 12 step membership.
St. Jude Retreats offers a four week cognitive behavioral education program that is not a 12 step program but teaches guests to use self change and self assessment to make productive choices and to develop positive habits and behaviors for a life that is permanently without Oxycontin use.