Medication-Assisted Treatment for OxyContin Addiction

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Understanding OxyContin Abuse

Understanding OxyContin Abuse Recovery

In the United States, the rates of OxyContin abuse and other prescription drug abuse have been steadily climbing over the past few years. OxyContin, the brand name for oxycodone, is a semi-synthetic drug that is often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone, like other opioids derived from the poppy plant, has a strong presence in the body, causing it to be a highly addictive substance. Those who use OxyContin as directed and those who use it for recreational purposes are both in danger of becoming dependent on the drug.

As soon as an OxyContin dependency develops, it can be incredibly challenging to stop using. Through the participation in medication-assisted treatment programs such as those offered by Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, however, thousands of individuals addicted to OxyContin have received relief from their OxyContin dependency.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for OxyContin Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer outpatient medication-assisted treatment for OxyContin dependency for both men and women ages 18 and older. At these treatment centers, medications such as Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol are frequently used, and other therapies are offered, including individual and group therapy. Each recovering individual will receive a customized treatment plan that speaks to his or her own personal needs. All services are administered by trained professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and counselors.

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer the following treatment options:

Methadone: Methadone first hit the scene in the late 1960’s and, up until the early 2000’s, it was the only medication approved to help aid in the treatment of opiate addiction. There are over 40 years of research backing methadone for its safety and effectiveness when it is used in a controlled, responsible manner. Like OxyContin, methadone triggers the same opioid receptors in the brain, but does so without providing the same mind-altering high. As a result, methadone patients do not become impaired from the use of the drug as they would if they were using OxyContin.

Suboxone: Suboxone was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as a medication to be used in medication-assisted treatment programs.  Suboxone works similarly to methadone in the sense that it helps reduce opiate cravings and the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms without producing the drug-induced high. Suboxone is the brand name for the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine aids in keeping withdrawal symptoms and cravings at bay, while naloxone helps prevent overdose and dependency.

Subutex: Subutex, like Suboxone, was approved by the FDA in 2002. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex only contains buprenorphine. The use of buprenorphine helps ease withdrawal symptoms and prevent against cravings. In many cases, individuals in recovery will start on Subutex and then switch to suboxone for long-term care.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is a medication that is injected once a month, unlike methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex. Vivitrol’s active ingredient, naltrexone hydrochloride, works to stop cravings as well as control distressing opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Individual therapy: Therapy is a main staple of effective medication-assisted treatment for OxyContin addiction. While medication is helpful in the sense that it allows the individual to be more comfortable during treatment, therapy works to address the psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues tied to the individual’s opioid addiction. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we strive to provide the utmost quality care to each one of our patients.

Group therapy: While individual therapy is essential to the development of one’s sobriety, group therapy is just as beneficial. This form of therapy offers invaluable interpersonal interactions in a supervised setting. Here, individuals can interact with one another, share in similarities, learn from different experiences, and continue to make major therapeutic progress while obtaining support. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our group therapy is conducted by counselors trained specifically in leading group sessions in a safe and productive manner.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for OxyContin Abuse

OxyContin abuse has the potential to severely damage an individual’s physical and emotional wellbeing and, as a result, cannot be treated lightly. As OxyContin abuse continues to develop into dependency, the stakes get higher as the consequences of abuse become more dangerous.

The abuse of OxyContin can destroy an individual’s immune system, causing him or her to be at heightened risk for illness. Other risks of OxyContin abuse can include mood disorders, sexual problems like impotence, sleep issues, respiratory distress, and problems with the nervous system. Short-term risks associated with OxyContin abuse can include nausea, constipation, rash, slowed breathing, swelling of the throat, and more. The most pressing risk of OxyContin abuse is overdose, which is often deadly.

The most important thing to know is that treatment for OxyContin abuse is attainable. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our devoted and talented treatment specialists are prepared to help you end your OxyContin addiction so you can begin a life filled with health and happiness.