Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms and Warning Signs
Oxycodone can be bought illegally but abuse usually starts with a prescription. Since these can be prescribed sometimes it is difficult to realize if you or a loved one is addicted. When all you can think about is how you are going to get more and stopping use causes you withdrawal symptoms, you should reach out for help getting clean. If you have started stealing medications, buying the medication from someone else or off the street, or “doctor shopping,” visiting multiple doctors complaining about pain so you get multiple prescriptions, then the Medical staff at Recovery Ways is ready to help you. Oxycodone will show up on a drug test.
Oxycodone addiction symptoms are treatable and you can get help.
If you’re ready to change your life, Recovery Ways offers oxycodone abuse rehab services. Call our admissions coordinators to assist you and make sure you get the best treatment available.
People who snort oxycodone may have frequent nosebleeds and reduce the ability to smell. However, in 2010 a new form of the drug was released in hopes to decrease addiction rates. They wrapped the tablets in a substance known as polyethylene oxide which turns to jelly when it comes in contact with moisture, including in the nostrils or in a solution used for injecting the oxycodone. This polymer is a part of the plastic family meaning you wouldn’t or shouldn’t heat it up and inhale it. However, some addicts do and it is undetermined what the effects of this are yet. Since adding this new polymer, oxycodone addicts have transitioned to other drugs such as meth, methadone, cocaine, and heroin for an easier high.
Effects of Oxycodone Abuse
There are many effects of oxycodone abuse, both short term and long term. These effects may vary with intensity and prevalence, but that should not dilute the importance to have these effects reviewed and assessed by a medical professional. If the effects of oxycodone addiction persist and become problematic, then a stay at drug detox or a dual-diagnosis facility may be a necessity.
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Short Term Effects
- Constricted pupils, overdose has dilated pupils
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Slowed breathing, drowsiness, lightheadedness
- Unconscious, coma
- Swelling in the face or throat
- Itching, rashes
- Dry mouth
The abuse of prescription medication, like oxycodone, does cause short-term effects. Although some individuals may show absolutely zero warning signs and symptoms of addiction at all. These individuals are typically known as “functioning addicts”. Functioning addicts are those who can easily hide their addiction issues by maintaining a “normal” outward appearance, maintaining strong relationships with friends and family and no problems with work. If you feel that you are a “functioning” oxycodone addict, please seek medical help from an addiction specialist.
Long Term Effects
- Hypoxia (not enough oxygen to the brain)
- permanent brain damage
- Increased chances for a heart attack
- Increased risk of infections
- Sexual dysfunction
- Coma, death
Oxycodone Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Addiction can make you feel helpless and lonely, but help is available and you are not alone. Recovery Ways admission coordinators are always here to listen and provide you with the best possible options for oxycodone addiction treatment and rehab. Our specialists can review your insurance and walk you through the entire admissions process from the first phone call to physically walking through our doors.
If you’re ready to live a healthy life free of drugs, please call 1-888-986-7848