Oxycodone Detox Program
Oxycodone Detox Program
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a prescription opioid medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. People who have prescribed Oxycodone typically suffer from intense pain stemming from severe injuries, cancer, chronic medical conditions that cause pain and burns. Oxycodone is prescribed for chronic pain more commonly than for acute pain conditions. Oxycodone is considered a very addictive drug that is often abused and can easily cause addiction in a relatively short amount of time. Oxycodone is available in tablets capsules and oral solutions.
There are two formulas of Oxycodone. Immediate-release and extended-release. Immediate-release Oxycodone acts quickly to minimize pain. Dose strengths for immediate-release Oxycodone range from 5 mg to 30 mg. Extended-release Oxycodone is gradually released over several hours to treat pain and dose strengths range from 10mg to 80mg.
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In recent years both formulas of Oxycodone have been modified to prevent persons who may be abusing Oxycodone from either snorting, smoking, or injecting it. A protective gel coating has been added to tablets formations of Oxycodone to prevent someone from being able to crush, dilute, or smoke Oxycodone. This prevention method has been relatively successful; however, it is still possible to remove the gel coating through various soaking and scraping procedures, still allowing it to be abused as a drug to get high.
How Oxycodone Affects the Body
Since Oxycodone is an opioid it acts on the same brain centers that other potent opiates affect such as Fentanyl and heroin. Opiates like Oxycodone are often sought after by drug-seeking cultures that flavor opiates and since it is most commonly acquired from a medical doctor many people abusing Oxycodone will doctor shop (seeing more than one doctor at the time to get multiple prescriptions) to sustain their addiction. Like heroin and other potent opiate drugs Oxycodone can easily cause addiction. For people who are becoming addicted to Oxycodone in time they will develop a physical dependency on the drug and begin to experience severe physical withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using Oxycodone.
According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) prescription pain killers, such as Oxycodone can cause addiction quickly because these medications reinforce drug-seeking behaviors because of how opioids affect certain brain chemicals and hormones that monitor and regulate how intensely a person experiences pleasure and pain.
Opioids bind to and activate opioid receptors on cells located in many areas of the brain, spinal cord, and other organs in the body, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. When opioids attach to these receptors, they block pain signals sent from the brain to the body and release large amounts of dopamine throughout the body. This release can strongly reinforce the act of taking the drug, making the user want to repeat the experience. (NIDA)
Oxycodone Detox Symptoms
The physical withdrawal symptoms that Oxycodone causes are severe and can easily cause a dangerous medical emergency to occur. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can start as early as 6-8 hours or up to 12 or 24 hours after the last use; depending on the formula of Oxycodone (immediate-release or extended-release). Immediate-release Oxycodone detox symptoms will begin sooner and extended-release Oxycodone is likely to remain in a person’s system longer and therefore withdrawal symptoms may not begin before 12 hours or more. However, both of these time frames can vary depending on the person’s individual drug use.
Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms include:
Other Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can include emotional instability, confusion, erratic behaviors, paranoia, and hallucinations. There is also an increased risk of accidental overdose to occur for a person who has begun to detox Oxycodone from their system. Unfortunately, when a person is addicted to Oxycodone, they have developed a physical tolerance to the drug. Physical tolerance means that they require more and more Oxycodone to get the desired effect. Developing a tolerance to opiate drugs then causes physical dependency and addiction to occur.
Persons who have been abusing Oxycodone and are experiencing withdrawal symptoms are often desperate to feel better and will either use other opiates to ward off withdrawal symptoms or believe that they need to take higher doses of Oxycodone, to feel better. Both these instances can easily cause an accidental overdose and death. Accidental overdose is common for people who have begun to detox and mistakenly use too much of their preferred drug. When someone has been abusing Oxycodone or another opiate long term, they often presume that they can safely take as much Oxycodone (or other opiates) as they did before their Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms started. But this is not the case.
Opiates leave a person’s system rapidly and cause the person to feel sick quickly. In a short amount of time a person’s system will expel the opiate from the body and cause detox symptoms to begin. People who are addicted to Oxycodone may not understand that their body resets as quickly as it does and that their tolerance level has decreased. Instead they will use as much as they did before they started to experience withdrawals and accidentally overdose.
Our Florida Oxycodone Detox Program
To help a person safely overcome their addiction to Oxycodone, it is always recommended that they are admitted into a medically supervised Oxycodone detox program. Evoke Florida Oxycodone detox centers provide medically supervised detox services for Oxycodone detoxification. We prescribe safe and effective medications that reverse withdrawal symptoms that will allow a person to rest and sleep while they are detoxing. Our center is overseen by a complete medical staff that specializes in Oxycodone detoxication and addiction. Each client is assessed by our medical doctors and psychiatrists and is routinely monitored around the clock. Evoke Florida provides a relaxing and safe environment with mental health specialists on-site at our detox center to provide emotional and mental health support.
The medications that we prescribe in our Oxycodone detox program are buprenorphine and methadone. We also prescribe other medications to promote sleep, reduce anxiety, treat depression, as well as, medicines to offset nausea and vomiting, or other flu-like symptoms. The amount of time it takes for a person to completely detox all the Oxycodone from their body depends on their individual history of drug use. The general amount of time it takes for a person to begin to feel better from Oxycodone addiction and detox ranges from 10 days up to two weeks or more.
To be admitted to our Oxycodone detox first speak with one of our detox admissions specialists. Our specialists will conduct a brief phone interview with the person who needs help to determine the level of care that they need. Then they will begin the admission process. They will make all travel arrangements as well as insurance billing and payment options. Additionally, we strongly encourage all persons who attend one of our drug detox programs to consider entering a specialized drug addiction treatment program.
Our Florida Oxycodone detox center works directly with our Oxycodone treatment program. Although detox is the beginning of recovery from Oxycodone addiction and dependency it is not treatment. The people who remain at our center and attend one of our specialized treatment programs have a much greater chance to remain clean and sober from Oxycodone than those who do not. We offer specialized Oxycodone treatment in multiple program formats like, easy detox, intensive inpatient, residential rehab and dual diagnosis.