OxyContin Addiction Behavior
OxyContin addiction behavior includes marked changes in the user's actions and attitude as the intensity of addiction grows longer over time. Relationships with family members and friends can deteriorate rapidly and performance at work and/or school can become dramatically decreased. An addict will often lie to cover his or her using habits and can even be pushed into a life of crime to help finance their addiction. Watch for a tendency on the part of the abuser to refrain and shun conversation and face-to-face meetings with others. You are watching for behavior that represents a somewhat dramatic change in character from previous experience. The signs of OxyContin addiction behavior can be, and will be, explained away by the person using the drug. However, in the long-term it is difficult to hide OxyContin addiction behavior for any length of time.
OxyContin is a powerful narcotic, first released in 1995 as a painkiller for cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers. The drug contains a synthetic form of morphine called oxycodone. The drug is manufactured with a time released mechanism so you don't have to take multiple doses. Similar to other opiates, OxyContin is dangerously addictive because the body quickly builds up a tolerance to it.
The following tips will help you to recognize OxyContin addiction behavior.
Notice how often the suspected OxyContin addict takes OxyContin. If it is more than once or twice a day, they may be addicted. OxyContin is a time-released drug and most doses are meant to last at least 12 hours.
See how often the suspected addict goes off by themselves during the day. If they leave their work or responsibilities for lengths of time several times a day, it may be to increase their intake of OxyContin. As the body builds up a tolerance to the drug, more and more needs to be taken for the same narcotic effects.
Note any suspicious behavior such as lying or stealing, especially if the suspected addict has not displayed this behavior in the past. The OxyContin addict may be stealing or lying in order to obtain more drugs.
Watch for any severe symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal. If the addict's supply of the drug is cut off, the following symptoms of withdrawal may occur: diarrhea, insomnia, cold flashes, muscle or bone pain, restlessness, involuntary leg movement, vomiting, nausea, and severe stomach cramps.
Inform yourself about symptoms of OxyContin overdose. These symptoms include: slow breathing, seizures, dizziness, confusion, anorexia, dry mouth, weakness, loss of consciousness, coma, confusion, tiredness, cold and clammy skin, and small pupils.
Call a treatment center that specializes in OxyContin addiction if you suspect someone you know is showing OxyContin addiction behavior. Their staff will help you to determine if the suspected addict has a problem and can advise on treatment. OxyContin's narcotic effects and highly addictive tendency make it very similar to heroin addiction. If a treatment center specifically for OxyContin addiction does not exist nearby, a heroin addiction treatment center is another option for care.
Don't wait until it is too late to seek help for someone who may be addicted to OxyContin. If the suspicion of addiction exists, call us for advice on how to help the suspected addict.