According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, Oxycontin addiction, in most instances goes without diagnosis and without treatment. Further, the millions of people who excessively use Oxycontin will not seek assistance because they do not feel that their drug use is a problem and certainly not an addiction and because Oxycontin is a prescription drug that is issued by a physician, and they do not believe that it is dangerous.
It is important to realize that all drug use can be habit forming. As an individual takes Oxycontin on a regular basis, there is a possibility that a tolerance can develop which means that it will take more of the drug with each use in order to achieve the same euphoric feeling as with the initial or previous dose.
Oxycontin is an opiate narcotic that works in the brain and central nervous system to block the opioid receptors to keep the body from experiencing pain. Instead of pain, the body has a euphoric sensation. Because of the potential to become habit forming, it is important that the user knows to recognize the symptoms of Oxycontin addiction.
The symptoms for Oxycontin addiction vary among users but include constipation, mood swings, sleepiness, nausea and erratic behavior. Some individuals become hostile, agitated, as well as anxious and have explosive behavior. Symptoms are both psychological and physical and the longer an individual uses the drug, research shows that there can be changes in brain chemistry and in the body that may be long term.
Another symptom of Oxycontin addiction or habit is doctor shopping. Doctor shopping is when the individual will visit several different doctors in an effort to obtain more prescriptions to get more of the drug. Individuals with an Oxy addiction may habitually "lose" their prescription so that the doctor will write another prescription.
Other indicators of Oxy addiction include taking more of the drug than you need to relieve pain, or continuing to take the drug after the reason you began taking it have passed, or taking it longer than you need to take it. Changing daily activities, spending time alone in order to take the drug or recover from taking the drug or spending time with drug friends and ignoring your family and friends to take Oxycontin.
If the individual has tried to quit their Oxycontin use but has been unsuccessful, it is possible that they developed a habit with the drug which they need to change to stop using. In this case, it may be necessary for them to seek assistance through medical detox or an alternative to drug rehab program.