Medication Assisted Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction
While people who are prescribed oxycodone to alleviate moderate to severe pain do not intend to become addicted to this medication, an addiction to this prescription pain medication has the potential to occur if it is not taken under the supervision of and as directed by a medical doctor. An opioid analgesic, oxycodone is the active ingredient in a number of brand name medications, such as OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet, and Percodan, and is often abused by individuals who enjoy the euphoric effects that these medications are known to produce. Long-term abuse of oxycodone and oxycodone-combination medications can make overcoming a substance abuse concern of this kind ripe with difficulty as abusers of this substance are known to experience withdrawal.
The withdrawal symptoms that ensue when an individual abruptly stops using oxycodone or attempts to taper him or herself off of this pain reliever can cause a person to resume his or her abuse of this medication. For this reason, seeking the help from professionals who can administer effective treatment to overcome an addiction to oxycodone provides users with the best chance at defeating an oxycodone addiction. And while several treatment options for this type of addiction are in existence, one of the most effective care options available is medication assisted treatment.
Medication assisted treatment is a form of treatment that involves the use of certain medications that are designed keep withdrawal, cravings, and the harmful effects of opioids at bay so that the individual addicted to the substance can work on recovery. When this type of treatment is received at the same as other therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, those addicted to opioids like oxycodone can come to know a life that is not hindered due to the abuse of a prescription painkiller.
At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you get your life back. The medication assisted treatment we offer is both safe and effective in helping men and women overcome an addiction to oxycodone. The individual and group therapy opportunities we provide only further the likelihood that those receiving treatment at our centers will achieve lasting recovery. If you are looking for a center that can supply truly effective care, look no further than Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers. We are here to help.
Types of Treatment Offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a network of outpatient providers that offer an array of medically supervised medication assisted treatment options for those who wish to overcome an addiction to or dependence upon opioids, such as oxycodone. Men and women, aged 18 and older, who have been abusing oxycodone or other opioids for one year or more can partake in our services. Our experienced and professional staff is comprised of doctors, nurses, and counselors who work with clients to determine the most appropriate dosage of any medication prescribed and any additional therapeutic interventions that will further the recovery process.
The medications and therapeutic interventions that could be part of a client’s treatment can include the following:
Methadone: A medication that prevents cravings and the withdrawal symptoms that are known to occur after a person ceases his or her use of oxycodone is methadone. Those prescribed methadone will not experience the high that occurs when a person consumes a prescription painkiller, as methadone is an opioid agonist. The dosage of this medication, which is taken daily, is determined based on each client’s needs and will likely be decreased over time in order to wean the individual off of it so that true sobriety can be achieved.
Suboxone: Containing buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Unlike other medication assisted treatments, this medication can also trigger symptoms of withdrawal should an individual attempt to abuse an opioid, such as oxycodone, while receiving this type of medication assisted treatment. Suboxone is typically consumed daily and the dosage will be determine based on the treatment needs of the individual.
Subutex: Comprised of buprenorphine as the active ingredient, Subutex lessens cravings and diminishes withdrawal symptoms by blocking the harmful effects of oxycodone and other opioids within an individual’s brain. Subutex is classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, meaning the effects of consuming an opioid are blocked, yet the withdrawal symptoms are decreased in order to allow a person to work on his or her recovery. Daily consumption of this medication is part of this type of treatment and the amount taken each day is recommended by one of our highly-qualified doctors.
Vivitrol: A non-narcotic, non-addictive medication assisted treatment option is Vivitrol. This medication is one that is injected into an individual to reduce cravings for oxycodone and other opioids. Naltrexone is the active ingredient and this treatment option is one that is typically administered once per month.
Individual and group therapy: In order to enhance the effectiveness of the medication assisted treatments we offer, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers incorporate individual and group therapy sessions into the treatments available. Individual therapy sessions occur one-on-one with a counselor and can be a time when clients process their feelings and emotions with regards to their own recovery. Group therapy sessions are also conducted by counselors and can feature a wide range of topics covered. Other clients participate in group therapy sessions so that the men and women receiving treatment at our centers can feel a strong sense of support and encouragement from others who have endured similar struggles.
Why Consider Treatment at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Abusing oxycodone or oxycodone-combination medications can be extremely detrimental to an individual’s wellbeing and livelihood. Even if a person is taking this type of medication to alleviate pain, the abuse of oxycodone can elicit a number of consequences that could negatively alter the course of an individual’s life. As with other types of addiction, an oxycodone addiction can, if treatment is not sought and received, cause a person to experience financial difficulties, problems with maintaining stable employment, and the demise of interpersonal and meaningful relationships, to name a few. Furthermore, if a person is suffering from a mental health condition or conditions, an addiction to oxycodone can ultimately worsen any existing mental illness symptoms, of which can cause further turmoil in an individual’s life.
With regards to the damage done to a person’s physical health, an oxycodone addiction can produce several negative outcomes. Problems with breathing ultimately leading to respiratory failure are known to occur and severe heart damage can be done as oxycodone can increase a person’s risk for heart attack. Liver damage is also possible as the long-term abuse of this medication can cause a disruption in the liver’s functioning should it be unable to properly process this medication when it is consumed in large quantities. Lastly, and most alarmingly, is the risk for overdose. Oxycodone overdose, which occurs when a person takes more of this medication than his or her body can metabolize, is an ever-present risk for abusers of this pain reliever and could lead to an untimely death if emergency medical attention is not received. Luckily, there are treatment options available that can help abusers avoid these consequences and go on to live healthy and happy lives.
If you or a loved one desires to break free from an addiction to oxycodone or oxycodone-combination medications, look no further than Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers. Our medication assisted treatment and therapeutic interventions have helped countless men and women regain control of their lives. Let us help you or a loved one achieve the same goal. We are here to help.