Opioid Dependency & Addiction Treatment

Oxycontin Withdrawal Treatment Center

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OxyContin is a brand name for the opioid Oxycodone. It comes in tablet form and is sold under many other trade names such as:

  • Percodan  
  • Endodan  
  • Roxiprin  
  • Percocet 
  • Endocet  
  • Roxicet

OxyContin is one of the most well-known painkiller brands, often prescribed for moderate to severe pain. OxyContin has a high risk of abuse, dependence, and addiction due to the way it acts on the nervous system, even when taken as prescribed.

OxyContin effects

OxyContin functions similarly to other opioids by binding with neurochemical transmitters in the central nervous system that inhibit pain signal transmission. It attaches to the same brain receptors as natural endorphins, such as the ones related to feelings of euphoria. With constant and repeated exposure, the brain will very quickly adapt to this increased endorphin production by increasing the number of endorphin receptors.

When our endorphin levels drop, feelings of depression, pain, and physical cravings occur. The natural balance of receptors and endorphins is left unequal. These neurochemical changes are the central physiological cause of addiction.

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Dangers of OxyContin prescription

Many individuals are prescribed strong medications like OxyContin for simple procedures such as wisdom teeth removal or minor surgeries. Often OxyContin prescriptions are refilled without a full medical exam, or overprescribed to save patients the trip back to the doctor’s office. This can lead to extra OxyContin pills being sold on the streets and an increase in the number of individuals suffering from opioid dependency.

This poorly regulated system is the main contributor to individuals becoming addicted to OxyContin. Those abusing OxyContin need to be aware that many fraudulent street pills have been cut and laced with fentanyl to ensure you stay addicted and keep spending money.

OxyContin dependence and addiction

Narcotic

It can treat moderate to severe pain.

Controlled substance

High risk for addiction and dependence. Can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol.
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An individual who abuses OxyContin creates a measurable chemical imbalance. Although the brain will try to respond to this increase in endorphin receptors naturally, it cannot. Therefore, the tolerance to OxyContin increases to satisfy the brain’s endorphin receptors. This tolerance inevitably leads to Oxycontin dependence and addiction. Dependence is the need to continue taking a drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms, regardless of negative consequences. Addiction describes the intense cravings for OxyContin and compulsive drug use over a period of time.

Since our brains are in a constant state of seeking balance, OxyContin dependence can be thought of as a form of supply and demand. By supplying the brain with an external opioid (like OxyContin) endorphin receptors are increased, which leads to an increase in demand. When this happens, our brain is in a dangerous state, requiring more and more OxyContin to satisfy the increase in cravings.

Long-term OxyContin usage can lead to physical tolerance. This occurs when the brain creates more receptors than there are endorphins to bind with. Put simply, the longer you take OxyContin, the higher dose you will need to experience the same effects. This can create various issues like prescriptions running out suspiciously quickly or the price of drugs becoming a financial burden. If an addict can no longer access the drug, they may experience OxyContin withdrawal.

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Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms

OxyContin affects the neurons in the brain. The opioid receptors in the brain are what OxyContin and other types of opioids bind to, which gives the substance its sought after, euphoric effect.

When OxyContin is abused, the body becomes accustomed to the surplus of endorphins in the system. The body is forced to adjust how nerve and brain signaling occur. It is important to note that when there is a drop in dopamine, especially a drop as extreme as stopping OxyContin, the consequences can be devastating.

Physical symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal

The symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal are vast and harmful when not done within the proper medical parameters. Enhanced pain is a common symptom of OxyContin withdrawal as many addicts started taking the medication due to an injury or chronic pain.

Physical OxyContin withdrawal symptoms can also include:

  •  Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  •  Blood pressure changes
  •  Seizures
  •  Abdominal cramping and diarrhea
  •  Reduced energy, difficulty breathing and unconsciousness
  •  Flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, sweating, muscle limpness, and
  • drowsiness

An individual must be under medical care during this withdrawal period to ensure safety.

Psychological symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal

Psychological effects such as insomnia is also common. As a result of abusing OxyContin, individuals may have experienced the loss of relationships or employment. Only when the individual is in withdrawal do they begin to realize these losses for what they are, making it harder to focus, stay calm, and sleep.

OxyContin’s long-term use has complex and long-lasting impacts on the brain. When the individual stops taking OxyContin, the central nervous system is suddenly forced to change how it sends neurotransmitter signals. This can result in the following psychological withdrawal symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • IIrritability
  •  Depression
  •  Hallucinations

Going through the withdrawal process alone is extremely daunting and potentially dangerous, highlighting the importance of doing so in a fully-equipped facility. Better yet, seeking treatment for OxyContin addiction at the ANR Clinic allows individuals to avoid these painful withdrawal symptoms altogether.

Oxycontin withdrawal timeline

One of the factors causing OxyContin to be highly sought after is the long-acting release that allows it to affect the body over several hours. As a result, the withdrawal lasts longer than withdrawal from an opioid such as heroin, which is short-acting.

Although the OxyContin detox timeline varies, it is most common to see initial symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal anywhere from 12 to 48 hours after its last use. Lingering withdrawal effects have been reported for as long as six months after stopping. Within this period of time, people experience powerful desires for OxyContin and the likelihood of relapse is high.

Known factors that contribute to the duration and intensity of OxyContin withdrawal symptoms include:

  •  Dosage
  •  How slowly the drug has been tapered off of
  •  The overall health of an individual
  •  Other medications a person is, or was, taking
  •  Physical exercise and exertion

The following is an example of what someone may experience during active Oxycontin withdrawal.

24 to 48 hours after the last dose

The first symptoms that tend to arise include vomiting, nausea, headaches, runny nose, extreme sweating, anxiety, and appetite loss. The first two days of the detox are the most vital to a person’s recovery since they are most at risk of giving in to cravings.

3 to 5 days after the last dose

The worst and most painful physical symptoms tend to occur during this stage. Intense muscle aches, cramps, shaking, vomiting, and nausea are common amongst nearly all individuals undergoing OxyContin withdrawal.

5 to 10 days after the last dose

At this point, OxyContin’s physical withdrawal symptoms begin to subside, which may be replaced by psychological withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and depression.

10 days +

Psychological effects continue to manifest. Guilt, anxiety, and cravings can occur long after the last use of the drug.

Detox and withdrawal treatment for OxyContin

Refusing to provide the body with OxyContin by quitting cold turkey often leads to unpleasant and dangerous physical symptoms known as OxyContin withdrawal.

Opioid dependence is not a matter of personality or willpower, as many treatment facilities would like you to believe. Rather, dependence is caused by your brain’s neuro-biophysical state being changed.

Oxycontin dependency is most commonly treated with medication therapy which consists of a doctor prescribing methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine in a drug detoxification rehab facility. However, when detoxing in such a way, it causes the brain and its endorphins to continue in a deregulated state. It is also extremely common for individuals to begin abusing these new drugs and further their addiction.

Fast, or rapid OxyContin detox

Dr. Andre Waismann, the founder of the ANR Clinic and treatment, established the foundation for opioid medical detox treatment with the development of ‘Rapid Detox’ in the 1990s.

Rapid detox has since become a leading method for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms in inpatient treatment programs and drug rehab facilities. Over time, however, Dr. Waismann noticed that many of these programs that had implemented rapid detox did so without the knowledge required to achieve desirable results safely. Consequently, patients suffered and were left with a high chance of relapse.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) treatment

Dr. Waismann sought a more advanced solution for his patients, eventually developing what is now known as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment (ANR). Removing opioids from the body does not do anything to treat the brain’s fundamental imbalance – the root of opioid addiction. ANR is the only treatment option of its kind, medically proven to solve opioid addiction by reversing the imbalance that caused the OxyContin dependency.

Changes to the brain’s structure and function, due to substance abuse, may persist for months and, if left untreated, often result in relapse. The endorphin-receptor balance needs to be completely resolved to achieve substantial, long-lasting results in the treatment of opioid addiction.

Benefits of ANR treatment for OxyContin withdrawal

ANR eliminates cravings and the fear of relapse – something that has never been done before. By evaluating each patient’s specific endorphin-receptor balance, the ANR method of treatment for opioid withdrawal is tailored to each person’s neuro-biological needs, making it an incredibly effective treatment method over and traditional rehab or detox center, including “Rapid Detox.”

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is the most desired and accepted answer to address opioid dependency and is backed by science. As of this year, over 24,000 patients internationally have been successfully treated using ANR.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation can treat the underlying cause of OxyContin dependence in a clinically proven, effective, and humane way. ANR is an innovative medical alternative to outdated, poor outcome practices. These older methods of withdrawal treatment have a habit of keeping someone addicted to opioids, stuck in a perpetual cycle of using, abusing, attempting rehabilitation, and subsequent relapsing.

Our process of targeting the physiological mechanism behind dependency allows patients to finally return to the life they once knew and loved prior to their OxyContin addiction, without the constant threat and fear of a relapse.

ANR is the only treatment available in the world that treats the ROOT of the dependency that takes place in the brain. Others only address the secondary effects – the withdrawals.

Over the past several decades receiving addiction treatment has been a long, complicated, expensive process that yields minimal results. With ANR, opioid addiction treatment can be as easy as calling us to see if you are a candidate and making an appointment for a procedure.

From the time you enter our facility, until our highly trained and licensed medical professionals deem you fit to be released, you would have received your lifelong addiction treatment in less than 30 hours.

ANR treatment facility

The actual ANR treatment method for Oxycontin addiction is complete in approximately 4-5 hours. A 30-hour stay at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida, is the total amount of time needed for a patient to be adequately monitored pre and post-procedure.

Upon arrival, patients will be admitted into the hospital’s ANR unit where they will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation. Following an extensive review of the individual patient’s endorphin-receptor status, the procedure is tailored accordingly to achieve endorphin-receptor re-regulation.

At the time of discharge, patients, and their loved ones, can expect to leave with peace of mind knowing that they are no longer dependent on OxyContin.

OxyContin rehabilitation through ANR treatment

The fear of withdrawal from OxyContin is as understandable as it is painful and intimidating. On a daily basis, it prevents thousands of individuals from entering a rehab facility or detox program. Hence why entering a long-term residential facility, with other individuals around to witness your experience, to overcome OxyContin addiction can be a huge, daunting commitment, both financially and otherwise.

ANR Clinic in Naples, Florida, is here to help you overcome your opioid addiction without an unnecessarily long stay. Being able to overcome addiction and the promise of being able to tend to life’s regular routines and obligations only aids your recovery. Over one weekend, and without missing out on life’s special events, work, and time with friends and family, ANR treatment provides you the chance to get back to your normal life, free from addiction to OxyContin.

The Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment is performed by a team of highly qualified medical professionals, in a modern hospital ICU. It is considered the most effective and efficient treatment for OxyContin dependence at this time.

Never blame yourself for failed attempts at weaning or tapering off OxyContin. It is an extremely difficult and nearly impossible task for hundreds of thousands of people. Until now, OxyContin addiction treatment at rehab facilities has been focused on symptom management, rather than the physiological imbalance in the brain.

Simply put, detoxing the drug from your system does not leave an individual in the clear from their opioid addiction. Your brain is still left with more receptors than endorphins, which drives the intense, never-ending cravings.

OxyContin dependence is a manifestation of brain changes resulting from prolonged OxyContin use. As long as there is an imbalance in the brain, the OxyContin dependence will always remain. Treatment at Florida’s ANR Clinic can restore the brain’s altered endorphin-receptor balance, eliminating the underlying cause of OxyContin dependence, and leaving individuals free from their life of opioid addiction.