5 Ways to Cope with Withdrawal during Oxycodone Detox

Oxycodone detox is often necessary for someone who has been addicted to the drug and abusing it regularly. You will experience withdrawal symptoms after you stop using oxycodone. Fortunately, there are many treatment options and ways to cope when experiencing withdrawals from oxycodone.

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1. Stop Oxycodone Gradually

According to CESAR, withdrawal from oxycodone “may be severe and can include” these symptoms:

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  • Anxiety
  • Flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, fever, cold flashes)
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle pain

The gradual reduction of the amount of oxycodone being taken is one of the most important parts of managing withdrawal symptoms. This should be done under the supervision of a medical professional though. That way, your symptoms can be monitored and your dosage levels can be tapered off at a safe and healthy rate.

2. Use Other Drugs to Regulate Symptoms

This process should done at a clinic or rehab center. Some doctors might prescribe you other medications in order to facilitate your detox from oxycodone and make it less traumatic. Some symptoms are mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen for fevers and muscle pain, but it is recommended that a doctor use medications to regulate withdrawal symptoms.

3. Frequent Therapy and Other Programs

Therapy helps many individuals when struggling with withdrawal symptoms, which may last several days to a week, and cravings which often last longer than that. Discussing the issues caused by oxycodone addiction and withdrawal can be beneficial to you, and listening to other patients can help remind you that there are other people struggling with the same issues.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Remember that you are recovering and that you should give yourself time to heal. Don’t try to do all of your daily routines when you are detoxing from oxycodone. It’s all right to lie in bed or take things easy. Make sure to eat and drink plenty of water and to care for yourself as if you were trying to fight a cold. Detoxing isn’t something you just do and forget about; it is uncomfortable and will be in the forefront of your mind, especially while you’re feeling the worst of it, so remember to make things easier on yourself.

5. Ask for Help

If there are other people in your life who care for you, they should want to help you get well. Asking for help while you’re going through such a difficult time is important. Whether you reach out to your doctor, your therapist, a clinic, or a loved one, aid form other people is often necessary to get us through our lowest points. Friends and family will want to see you return to your old self, and they will most likely be happy to give you the extra support you need at this time.

According to the National Library of Medicine, “longer-term treatment is recommended for most people following withdrawal.” Most of these coping mechanisms can be found at inpatient and outpatient rehab programs which will help you through your withdrawal and then focus on the next steps in your recovery. Detox is not the end of addiction recovery, and you should consider your possible options before deciding how to proceed in your treatment.

Find detox and treatment centers all across the United States by searching the Detox.com directory, or call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) to speak with someone. 


  1. Center for Substance Abuse Research. (2013). Oxycodone.
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016). Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.
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