OxyContin detox can be one of the most frightening ordeals for those who addicted to this powerful narcotic painkiller. Because OxyContin produces both psychological and physical dependence in users, the withdrawal and detox process can be traumatic for both the mind and body. Countless addicts have desperately wanted to get sober from their OxyContin addiction, but failed to realize sobriety because they simply have not been able to get through the detox process without going back to the drug. While this is the unfortunate reality for many OxyContin addicts, detox is safe and can be accomplished with minimal discomfort and pain.
Why Is OxyContin Detox Necessary?
OxyContin is an opiod painkiller, and as such, the oxycodone contained within it binds to the opiate receptors in the brain producing a euphoric and analgesic effect. Effectively used as a painkiller, OxyContin has been on the front lines of painkiller addiction for many years because of the massive euphoria associated with its use, and millions of Americans who abuse the drug for that purpose.
As with any addiction, OxyContin addiction produces a psychological dependence in which an individual will feel he or she needs the drug to function and feel any sense of well-being or normalcy. The psychological effects of OxyContin addiction are what drive some of the bizarre behaviors exhibited by addicts. These effects are also behind the psychological symptoms of withdrawal and detox. Also, no symptom of OxyContin detox is life threatening, individuals who experience it have tremendous difficulty in enduring them without any assistance or medical supervision. Some of the most common psychological symptoms of OxyContin detox include:
- Severe cravings
Although not every OxyContin addict will experience the same symptoms, the psychological effects of withdrawal and detox can be so uncomfortable and maddening, that an addict will do anything to feel better, and not have to endure the symptoms any longer. This is typically what drives addicts back to using once they have started the process of OxyContin detox without any professional help or supervision.
In addition to the psychological symptoms, the physical symptoms of OxyContin detox are excruciating and grueling for addicts. Also not life threatening, these symptoms can range from mild to severe, and include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold sweats
- High fever
- Muscle pain and spasms
- Increased blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
Largely mirroring the effects of OxyContin use, the symptoms of withdrawal and during detox can be very difficult to endure for an addict. Because OxyContin detox includes both psychological and physical symptoms, unless an addict is in a secure facility with professional help, he or she is at a significantly increased risk of being unable to complete the entire process of detoxification for a few key reasons, as shown in the following table, which compares the environment between OxyContin Detox with and without a professional detox facility.
|OxyContin Detox in A Detox Facility||Unassisted OxyContin Detox|
|Controlled environment with no access to OxyContin or other dangerous and/or addictive drugs||Home, or insecure environment where OxyContin and/or other drugs can be obtained with little to no supervision to prevent relapse|
|Safe environment with medical supervision to prevent the occurrence of any complications or unforeseen issues||Unsupervised environment where there is no medical recourse for prevention of complications or emergency care|
|Medical and addiction professionals available to assist with moral support during the process, encouraging the addict to see the detox through to the end||No professional support, advice, or assistance to get through the OxyContin detox process|
|Preparation for addiction treatment after OxyContin detox has been completed (many treatment centers offer detoxification within their facility)||Without a medical detox, an addict has no plan for remaining sober, and changing his or her behaviors that often lead to relapse and continued problems with addiction|
When OxyContin detox is performed, it is vitally important that it be done under conditions, which are most conducive to sustained abstinence and recovery from OxyContin and other addictive and dangerous drugs and behaviors. The goal of OxyContin detox is to get off of the drug, and if there is nothing in place to ensure that an individual does not relapse and return to using again, the entire process would have been for naught.
Process Of OxyContin Detox
Because OxyContin is an opiod, there are several different ways in which detox can be accomplished. Medical advancements have allowed for individuals in need of OxyContin detox to go about it in one of several different ways, depending on individual preference and need.
Traditional OxyContin Detox
Many people may think traditional means “cold turkey”, but this is a misconception. A traditional OxyContin detox is generally done in a detox facility and an individual will:
- Go through an intake assessment where staff will check vital signs
- Be asked about any physical or mental health issues that may result in complications
- Be asked about the last time he or she used OxyContin and/or any other drug
- Be asked about the length and severity of OxyContin use and abuse
- Have access to medication by medical staff to lessen withdrawal symptoms and facilitate sleep
- Have continuous support and guidance from staff to continue with the detox, and seek additional addiction help once detox has been completed
In a traditional OxyContin detox setting, an individual is always safe, monitored, and secure, all of which help to ensure that relapse does not occur, and the process can be completed in a timely and effective manner. With traditional OxyContin detox, the process can range from 5-14 days, depending on the individual, and whether he or she was taking other drugs from which he/she needs to withdraw.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox is a medical procedure performed under general anesthesia that is typically completed in as little as 24 hours. This is an inpatient procedure, in which an individual checks into a hospital for the following process:
- Intake procedure to check vitals, health, history of use and/or addiction, last use, etc.
- Administration of general anesthesia
- IV administration of an opiate antagonist, which immediately reverses the effects of OxyContin, and sends the individual into immediate and full withdrawal
- While unconscious, he or she may still show physical signs of withdrawal, such as muscle spasms
- Constant medical monitoring to ensure that there are no complications, and the individual remains stable and safe
- After the process is complete, the individual will be awakened, and allowed to leave the hospital the next day, so long as he or she is stable and completely drug-free.
Typically, rapid opiate detox is chosen for the convenience of the short period of time it takes, however most report exhaustion, soreness, and general malaise and depression after the process has been completed. This is not uncommon, as no matter how an OxyContin detox is performed, the likelihood of these unpleasant after-effects are very high.
Buprenorphine Assisted OxyContin Detox
Buprenorphine is a long-lasting, synthetic opiod that has been praised for its ceiling effect in opiate addicts. While it is still an opiod, it does not produce the euphoria of other opiod painkillers, and has therefore been preferred to assist in opiate detox to lessen the withdrawal symptoms.
When an individual opts for a buprenorphine assisted OxyContin detox, he or she will be given small amount of buprenorphine only for the purposes of binding to the opiate receptors in the brain. This is what prevents a full onset of withdrawal symptoms while the individual is tapered off of the OxyContin. Once the OxyContin is out of the system, the buprenorphine is slowly tapered, until there are no more opiods of any kind. While this process is very gentle, and largely eliminates a full onset of withdrawal symptoms during the OxyContin detox process, it takes a significant amount of time, up to 21 days, and sometimes longer if there are additional drugs or health complications. This is usually done on an outpatient basis, allowing the individual to see a doctor frequently for new dosages, however it can also be accomplished while in an addiction treatment program, if it is an option at that particular facility.
Holistic OxyContin Detox
Holistic refers to the “whole” person, mind, body, and spirit, and in addiction treatment and detox, this process is largely without drugs. While traditional, rapid, and buprenorphine assisted OxyContin detox all utilize other drugs, a holistic approach can vary, depending on the facility and its methods, but typically consists of:
- Personalized and specific vitamin regimen
- Individually tailored meals to provide the most nutrition and support for each individual based on his or her personal situation and need
- Various physical therapies such as saunas, hot tubs, massage, and acupuncture therapy
Although OxyContin detox can be a grueling and painful process, many people believe the answer is not to use drugs to get off drugs, and opt for a holistic method of cleansing themselves from OxyContin addiction. There are a great many detox facilities that offer holistic OxyContin detox.
Find OxyContin Detox Help
If you, or someone you love is addicted to OxyContin, and in need of detox, please call us now at 1 (866) 445-4137 to speak with a trained counselor about how we can help you to determine the method of OxyContin detox that is best for you, or your addicted loved one. We understand how frightening it can be to think of OxyContin detox, and we also understand how frightening it is to be addicted to OxyContin.
Don’t struggle alone, and please let us help you find the help that is most conducive to a complete and safe detoxification from OxyContin, and sustained recovery from addiction to it. Not only can we help you determine what kind of detox is best, but we will also work with you to narrow down the over 12,000 addiction treatment programs in America to find the one that will be most effective for yourself, or your loved one, based on needs and preferences. We are here to help, and we understand the daunting challenge ahead in finding the right path for OxyContin detox and addiction recovery.