Help for oxycodone addiction

Help for oxycodone addiction includes detox for withdrawal, physical stabilization, and psychological treatment for underlying issues. Where to get help? More here.

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Oxycodone addiction help

Oxycodone is an opiate used to relieve pain. Developed in 1916, reason doctors created oxycodone was to improve on current opioid medications like morphine and codeine. However, oxycodone is highly addictive and abuse has rocketed all over the U.S. So if you’re noticing signs of oxycodone addiction, where can you go for help?

Here, we explain how to help people addicted to oxycodone or where to find help for yourself. Then, we invite you to ask your questions about oxycodone at the end.

How to help oxycodone addiction

Helping oxycodone addiction can come in many forms. But basically, you first treat chemical dependency and then address the psycho-emotional reasons for use. Oxycodone dependency occurs because the body gets used to the presence of the opioid in the central nervous system. Just as important, underlying psychological reasons must also be addresses; if the underlying reasons are not treated, successful long-term abstinence is much more difficult. Below are the three main ways to overcome addiction to oxycodone:

1. Oxycodone withdrawal treatment

The first thing to do when you’re stopping taking oxycodone is to get oxycodone out of the body.  When you’ve developed physical dependence, expect to go through a period of 7-10 days of withdrawal when you stop oxycodone.  ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL SUPERVISION for oxycodone withdrawal treatment. Doctors can prescribe medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Otherwise, tapering doses can help minimize discomfort of symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and hallucinations. The safer, more pleasant method is to decrease usage over a defined period of time, thus lowering the body’s tolerance and need for the drug, leading to an easier detox.

Unpleasant as it may be, the fastest way to withdraw from oxycodone is cold turkey.  However, withdrawal effects of oxycodone will be more severe and intense.  Before attempting this, seek approval from your prescribing doctor. Only people in good health with less severe cases of dependency should attempt cold turkey oxycodone withdrawal.

2. Physical stabilization

Oxycodone addicts will need to be stabilized to readjust to sobriety. Drug abuse over a sustained period of time can lead to depression, anxiety or extreme cravings, so it is important to visit a mental health professional for the diagnosis and treatment of protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). Anti-depressant medications may be prescribed.

3. Psychological treatment

Psychological reasons must be addressed in order to maximize chances of successful abstinence from oxycodone. Psychologists will be able to get to the root of the problem, identifying possible factors or triggers for turning to oxycodone abuse. Appropriate action can lead to the necessary behavioral changes.

Getting help for oxycodone addiction

If you’re hooked on oxycodone and need advice on who to turn to, here are some recommendations:

Check into an oxycodone addiction treatment center. A treatment center that specializes in drug addiction can provide full-service detox, education, and therapy for oxycodone addicts. Treatment centers are probably best placed to help you, as the staff have ample experience in assisting other people address addiction.

Consult an addiction specialist. Talk with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical social worker for expert help.A specialist on drug addiction, especially one who focuses on opiates or opioids, will know the most appropriate methods for helping you get clean.

Seek help from friends and family. Those close to you care about your wellbeing and therefore want to see you healthy and sober. Not only will they give you emotional support, but they can help to find appropriate treatment centers or professionals.

How to help an oxycodone addict

There are myriad ways to help an oxycodone addict, and it usually starts with an intervention. These can be either informal, which typically involve close family and friends, or formal, where an outside professional or treatment center is involved to discuss the problem and solutions. Another way to help an oxycodone addict is to research addiction resources in the local area, which often provide help and support.

Although it can be hard to admit, in many cases family members of oxycodone addicts can be considered ‘enablers’. Enabling an addict can, directly or indirectly, encourage addictive behaviors. A huge step to helping an oxycodone addict would be to consider your actions and make changes within the family system. A family therapist can help.

Oxycodone addiction helplines

The open nature of drug addiction within today’s society has led to a number of public helplines, which can be instrumental in times of need.

1-800-622-HELP is a federal directory of addiction treatment centers and detox clinics.

1-800-943-0566 is the substance abuse hotline for the Coalition Against Drug Abuse.

1-800-327-5050 is the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline.

Help with oxycodone addiction questions

If you have any questions about addiction to oxycodone, or would like to share your experience to help addicts and their families, please leave a reply. We will try to respond to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: PubMed: A profile of OxyContin addiction
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Prescription Monitoring Program: Oxycodone
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have been taking oxy for over 5 yrs. because of 7 operations. The dose kept on increasing ’til I was taking 30 mg 5 times a day. I thought I was having panic attacks but it was my body saying it needed more. This scared me so I contacted a pain management dr. & asked if they could pls. help me cut back on the oxy. I have gone from 5 pills @ 30 mg tp 20 mg about 3 times a day. It is necessary for them to stop @ a certain point because I have a genetic disease called “Mitochondrial disease.” I can’t be treated w/ steroids or anti-inflamiatories because of bad sideeffects so they want to stop @ a certain point so I will get relief from pain due to breaking both hips & almost losing my rt. hip. an Buprenorphine be used along w/ decreasing of oxy so withdrawals won’t be as bad.

  2. I was given my very first 30mg oxycodone about 3.5 years ago. I’ve never felt a “high” from them whatsoever. All it has ever done for me is relieve my physical pain for a few hours, which is why I started taking it to begin with. I can honestly say that I’ve never taken them looking for a “high”. I have GI problems and have been diagnosed with a very painful disease of the colon. Even though I’ve been taking them for purposes of relieving my pain, there is no doubt in my mind that I’ve become dependent on them. I have taken upwards of 90mg in one dose….that made me feel sick so I went down to 60mg because 30mg’s started to not be enough to handle my pain. The question I have is when I run out, I’m immediately back in pain….and I mean so much pain that I can’t stand it. We’re talking on a pain scale of 1 to 10, I peg at 10. So, the question being is it My disease causing me to go into pain immediately or is it my body going through a withdrawal? I hope everything I’ve said makes sense. Thank you for any help you can provide.

    1. Hi Dee. If the pain is the only symptom then, it seems to me that you’re experiencing pain from your body. I suggest that you speak with your doctor.

  3. I need pre-op (blood work) on Nov 1st & surgery (hysterectomy)0. on Nov 10. Should i I be clean of oxy 325? How long does it take to come out of system?
    Thank you!

  4. I’ve been taking 2 5/350 pills a day of oxy for about 10 years. I quit two days ago do you think I’m in for withdrawal problems. I take them for really bad neck pain from a crash… Mike

  5. He does not get them from a doc. I have health issues, he has been taking them from me. He started with a few scripts for vicodin from the soc for a beoken hand. Then they stopped his vicodin, he started stealing my oxy. I even got a safe to keep them in so he couldn’t get them. That was a joke. The kind of safe i got was from walmart. I did not know that any safe key would work to open mine. Now he says he is ready to get clean. Wants to do it cold turkey at home. He says he has not had anything at all for several days. But he has no signs of withdrawal. I dont know what to do.

    1. Hi G. I suggest you find an efficient way to prevent him from stealing your perscription medication, even if it means hiding it. Also, have on mind that withdrawal symptoms are different for every person, and they depend on the dosage and how long one’s using the drug. Going off drugs cold turkey creates great chances of relapse because abrupt cessation leads to very uncomfortable withdrawal. If he is serious about quitting, then he should reach out for professional help.

  6. So, the only way to get the husband off Oxy-he had to go into withdrawal for 24 hours, then the
    emergency room would admit him, put him in rehab for a week. But he was released still very crazy. The day he got home he packed his bags and left. He’s on his own and not doing well.
    He ruined our marriage of 30 years, his relationship with our son, he business with his brother,
    his relationship with extended family-owes money, is unemployed and is drinking heavily. All in all I’d say Oxy is a direct gift from hell. I talked to numerous doctors, therapist, the police, no help from any quarter.

  7. I was stopped cold turkey from 240 30mg oxycodone, been on high dose for at least 3 to 4 yrs, no insurance, has been 4 months how much longer should I expect this depression is getting worse. Not only am I trying to do this at home, but have burdened my family and friends. I feel like I’m falling apart emotionally. I’m about to lose what little I have left of my home. I have no insurance at all…what are my choices? No money either? PLS HELP!!!!

    1. Hi Cindy. Did the doctor prescribe any antidepressants for you to use for a short period of time until you feel better? It is also important to frequently go to counseling or therapy meetings where you can speak to professionals and to people in a similar situation to you. This can encourage and motivate you. For now, you can go to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist about any over-the-counter medications to help depression. Other ways to improve your mental state are: daily exercises, never skipping breakfast, eating regular meals that are high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and anchovies, include healthy fats like coconut oil, absolutely avoid caffeine, go out in the sun, and try to engage yourself in more pleasurable activities.

  8. How do i get my boyfriend help. He started taking 1 or 2 of my prescription oxy. Then i noticed them missing. I know keep them locked in a safe. Have found him trying to get in safe. He admitted to having a problem. Now what do we do. No money for treatment center.

    1. Hi G. There are many ways to cut costs and still afford treatment. Actually, if he is willing to stop, his doctor can taper him off the oxycodone and assist him during detox and withdrawal.

  9. Hi how safe is it for me to withdraw from using oxycodone alone ?? I’m 43 my doctors been prescribing oxy for well over 15yrs now they say if I dnt come off I wont see my 50th birthday
    Ttho I dnt use it t get high tho I can NOT function without oxy I cant stand what morphine does (side affects) so dnt want t go on methadone program my doctors say thrs very little (if anything at all they can do to help me come off oxy
    So I’m thinkn of just lowering my doses myself ~ I’m on 380mg twice aday
    ANY advice would be greatly received,
    The reason for me takin oxy is I’m disabled also suffer from chronic pain
    thanks again ? shelly xx

    1. Hello Shelly. In cases of regular oxycodone dosing over the course of years, stopping oxycodone cold turkey is NOT RECCOMENDED. You should always stop taking oxycodone under the medical supervision of your prescribing doctor. Experts recommend more conservative tapering, so decreasing doses by 10% of the current dose each week is usually well tolerated with minimal physiological adverse effects. Medications such as clonidine can help you manage more persistent or intense symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, supplemental medications, such as antidepressants to manage irritability, sleep disturbance or antiepileptics for neuropathic pain may also be helpful. Also, your doctor should have a plan about how your chronic pain will be managed once you are off oxycodone.

  10. Hi, what’s the average doses that addict take per day when on oxycodone?? Also what do you class as long term user? I also do wonders what the highest dose that doctors prescribe?? I know you all would be extremely shocked if I told you how much I’m on per day an for how many years my body is just crumbling away before my eyes but hey that’s U.K. Doctors for y xb

    1. Hello Zelly. The average amount of oxycodone that an addict can administer depends on the body’s current exposure to opioids. Also, doses amount depends upon whether oxycodone is in immediate action or controlled release form. Long term use is considered when the body starts to build up tolerance and dependence on oxycodone, after which health implications on the brain and the body’s organs can be noted.

  11. Husband to totally strung out on Oxy. Uses beer to “soften” the additction-but has Hep C, Liver disease too. Meds used for withdrawel arn’t good for alocholics or liver disease.
    How could his doctor have precsribed this horriable drug knowing his history of drug/alchol abuse-and not have an “exit” plan??? Never discussed what would happen down the road and is unable to subscribe Suboxne-isn’t trained for it!!! So we are on our own!!! Rehab center will not talk with me-only the “patient” -who, just now is quite out of his mind!!!

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