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Understanding Roxicet Abuse Recovery
Roxicet is a prescription medication for individuals who are suffering from mild to severe short-term pain. Roxicet is composed of two primary active ingredients, oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, while acetaminophen is a non-opiate analgesic and antipyretic. Analgesic refers to a drug’s painkilling properties, and antipyretic refers to a drug’s ability to reduce fever. Roxicet is similar to Percocet in both formulation and effect.
Roxicet abuse, whether undertaken for recreational purposes or as a means to self-medicate ongoing pain, carries a wide range of risks. Oxycodone is a highly addictive drug, which means that Roxicet users can quickly become physically and psychologically dependent. As is the case with many opioids, Roxicet dependence can be difficult to overcome, with both powerful drug cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms undermining an addict’s attempts to stop taking this medication. Continuing to abuse Roxicet can put a user in danger of experiencing convulsions, slowed heartbeat, depressed respiration, loss of consciousness, and even death.
However, the dangers of Roxicet abuse are not limited to the effects of oxycodone. Acetaminophen overdose can cause irreparable damage to the liver. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified acetaminophen overdose as the leading cause of acute liver failure. In some cases, complete liver failure can occur within 48 hours of taking too large a dose of acetaminophen.
One effective means of overcoming a problem with Roxicet abuse or addiction is medication-assisted treatment. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, clients who have become dependent upon Roxicet can receive medication that will suppress their drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while also receiving therapy to address the underlying issues that either led to or were made more severe by the substance abuse.
Medication-assisted treatment is usually conducted on an outpatient basis, and allows individuals to stop abusing Roxicet in a safe and relatively pain-free manner. Several medications, including methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol, have helped thousands of formerly addicted individuals get their behaviors under control and their lives back on track.
Types of Treatment Offered for Roxicet Abuse at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Treatment at an Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Center is an outpatient experience that can be customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. Adult men and women (ages 18 and above) who enroll in one of these programs work with doctors, nurses, and counselors to develop personalized treatment plans that may include one or more of the following medical and therapeutic components:
Methadone: Methadone is the most commonly used medication in programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for addiction to Roxicet or other prescription medications that contain opioids. As an opioid agonist, methadone interacts with the brain receptors that are triggered when a person abuses Roxicet. Methadone occupies these receptors without creating the disorienting high that is associated with recreational substance abuse, which allows clients to function in a non-impaired manner without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms. Methadone has been used in opiate addiction treatment for decades, and has been proven to be both safe and effective when used as directed under the supervision of a qualified medical expert.
Suboxone: Suboxone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in opiate addiction treatment programs in 2002. Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which, like methadone, suppresses cravings and prevents the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone also contains a substance called naloxone, which prevents abuse and overdose. Thus, after they have met certain treatment goals, clients who use Suboxone may be allowed to take home several days’ worth of the medication, which means they do not have to come to the clinic for treatment every day, as is required of methadone clients.
Subutex: Like Suboxone, Subutex forestalls drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms due to the presence of buprenorphine. However, Subutex does not contain naloxone, so clients are usually required to visit the treatment center each day in order to get their daily dose. In many medication-assisted treatment programs, clients initially receive Subutex, and then transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.
Vivitrol: Unlike methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex, which are all taken via daily oral doses, Vivitrol is a longer-lasting medication that is administered once per month via injection. The primary active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which prevents clients from experiencing drug cravings and also suppresses painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Individual therapy: Because Roxicet addiction involves physical, psychological, and behavioral issues, effective treatment must address all of these concerns. With medication allowing them to function normally without being either intoxicated or in withdrawal, clients have the mental clarity to participate in one-on-one sessions with a counselor who can help them work through all of the problems that either contributed to or were made worse by their Roxicet abuse. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individual therapy on a regular basis is a core component of treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy complements individual therapy by allowing clients to learn from the experiences of others who are in similar situations, while also addressing interpersonal issues that may be associated with their Roxicet abuse. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy sessions are led by trained and experienced counselors who are skilled in providing a safe and productive forum in which clients can address sensitive topics, receive encouragement from other participants, and serve as sources of support for others in need.
Why Consider Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Roxicet Abuse
It is no exaggeration to note that prescription Roxicet abuse can be not only dangerous, but deadly. The abuse of prescription painkillers, such as Roxicet, is associated with organ damage and failure, respiratory problems, brain damage, seizures, paranoia, depression, and a host of other physical and mental health issues.
Unfortunately, one of the fundamental symptoms of addiction is that the addicted individual is powerless to stop his or her substance abuse, even after experiencing negative consequences as a direct result of that abuse. Without effective professional intervention, many Roxicet addicts will continue their self-defeating behaviors even after suffering damage to their health, relationships, employment, finances, and legal status.
The good news is that professional help is not only available, but effective. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, experienced and dedicated experts are ready to help you or your loved one overcome an addiction to Roxicet and resume a healthier and much more promising drug-free life.