Signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction
Oxycodone addiction signs
If you’re worried that someone close to you is addicted to oxycodone, there are a few easy ways to tell. The amount of time a person spends talking about or using oxycodone is one indicator. Mixing alcohol and oxycodone or other drug combinations are also an indicator of abuse and addiction. Plus, opioids like oxycodone lead to increased tolerance and users must increase the dosage to continue to get an effect from the drug. If you notice a person taking increased dosages, or having difficulty stopping oxycodone use, it is highly likely that the person is at least physicially dependent on oxycodone, if not fully addicted.
Here, we review all the signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction. And there are a number of things you can do to help an oxycodone addict, including an informal intervention. We invite you to read more here and then ask your questions about oxycodone addiction symptoms at the end.
Symptoms of oxycodone addiction
Addiction to oxycodone can cause induced mood disorders. In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states these can be characterized by a persistent disturbance in mood – such as being depressed or irritable. Further, the following criteria are a general guide for substance addiction, including oxycodone:
- Increased tolerance
- Much time is spent obtaining, using or recovering from the drug
- Persistent desire to have oxycodone, or unsuccessful efforts to cut down
- Social, occupational or recreational activities are reduced or given up completely as a result of oxycodone
- Withdrawal symptoms are present, or an addict continues to take oxycodone avoid withdrawal symptoms
Physical symptoms of oxycodone addiction can also be present, which are the result of use and withdrawal, such as:
- dry mouth
- muscle and bone pain
- nodding off
Oxycodone addiction symptoms: Can they be treated?
Thankfully, oxycodone addiction symptoms can be treated. The first thing many try is an intervention, which come in two forms: informal, and formal. The goal is to get the addict into oxycodone addiction treatment. An informal intervention typically involves close family or friends sitting down with the oxycodone addict and discussing the problem. During this talk, you discuss how the drug use is affecting other people close to the oxycodone addict. A formal intervention involves professionals, such as counsellors or psychiatrists.
Something to remembered is that oxycodone addiction symptoms manifest as a result of chemical dependency and psychological processes. Once the physical addiction is disrupted, the mental symptoms need to be addressed. Behavioral therapy is a commonly used treatment, as many addicts have underlying emotional issues that require attention. Help can be sought from clinics and even local practitioners, who can provide referrals.
Pharmaceutical treatments can be used to stop the effects of oxycodone, such as opiate blockers. Otherwise, lowering the dosage of oxycodone over time helps ease withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine and naloxone are also prescribed to address oxycodone withdrawal and dependency.
Finally, there are a range of addiction treatments modalities out there, including inpatient and outpatient options. Outpatient oxycodone addicts visit a clinic but go home afterwards, whereas inpatients will stay for a period of time – this option is typically for those with stronger oxycodone addictions, or who can benefit from avoiding temptation at home.
Signs of oxycodone addiction questions
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Reference Sources: DSM-IV Substance Dependence Criteria
OxyContin Addiction and Substance Induced Mood Disorders
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