5 Signs You Need to Detox from Oxycodone
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate that is prescribed by doctors to manage pain. The use of oxycodone should only be done under the orders of a doctor and by the specific prescription dosage given to the patient. However, many people abuse oxycodone, often by crushing the pills and snorting them. If you are using this drug, even by prescription, and you are concerned about addiction, here are five signs that you need to undergo detox from oxycodone.
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1. You Feel That You Need Oxycodone
If you are starting to feel a strong attachment to oxycodone, to the point where you feel as if you cannot manage your pain or your life at all without it, you are more than likely addicted. According to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, dependence on oxycodone “develops quickly” and can cause people to feel that oxycodone is necessary to their ability to function in daily life.
2. You Are Using More of the Drug to Achieve the Same Effects
Abuse of and addiction to oxycodone will cause a person to build up a tolerance to the drug. Soon, you will need more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects. Building up a tolerance to oxycodone is possible whether you are abusing the drug recreationally or not following your prescription, so it is very important to talk with your doctor if you are prescribed oxycodone and not to deviate from the recommended dosage.
3. You Use Oxycodone in Order to Feel Euphoric
Oxycodone is a pain reliever, but many people abuse it for this exact reason. Abuse of the drug will cause high levels of dopamine in the brain which gives the user a feeling of euphoria and calmness. These side effects are not the intended usage for the drug, and if you find yourself craving them, you have probably become addicted.
4. You Notice Your Behavior Changing
It is important to pay attention, not only to how you react to the drug, but how you react to other people or situations when placed at odds with your ability to get more or take more oxycodone. Some signs that your behavior is changing due to oxycodone addiction are:
- You lied, stole, or otherwise obtained oxycodone illegally
- You ignored work, school, or other pressing matters in order to take more oxycodone
- You changed your social circle so that you are only spending time with other people who use oxycodone
5. You Have Experienced Oxycodone Withdrawal
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when without the drug can be a sign that you are addicted to oxycodone. According to the National Library of Medicine, here are some symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal:
- “Watery eyes”
- Disturbances in your sleep cycle
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
The Center for Substance Abuse Research states that “prolonged use and abuse of oxycodone medications eventually change the brain in such a way that a user cannot quit on his or her own, a typical sign of addiction.” If you believe you might be addicted to oxycodone, check yourself for these five signs and seek treatment. Especially in cases of severe abuse, medical treatment is necessary to recover from oxycodone addiction.
- Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection: Prescription Monitoring Program. (n.d.). Oxycodone.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2018). Oxycodone.
- Center for Substance Abuse Research. (2013). Oxycodone.