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Oxycontin Addiction

OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin Addiction among all age groups is increasing through out the nation. In 2004, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that approximately 48 million people (20 percent of the U.S. population), aged 12 or above had used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetime. Furthermore, they also reported that in the past year, 5 .0 percent of 12th graders in the U.S. had used OxyContin, furthering the OxyContin addiction problem here in the U.S. In western Virginia, a location that was an epicenter of OxyContin Addiction, 3 deaths were associated with OxyContin Addiction in 1996; by 2003, this number of deaths related to OxyContin Addiction rose to 44 in that area. Furthermore, street crimes related to OxyContin Addiction also increased a great deal during this time.

Purdue Pharma (maker of OxyContin), has lead an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign which has resulted in soaring numbers of prescriptions for OxyContin. The prescription count went from 300,000 in 1996, to nearly 6 million by 2001. By 2002, the DEA stated that OxyContin caused or contributed to 146 deaths, along with another 318 deaths that were also thought to be attributed to OxyContin. Among the survivors of OxyContin use are pain patients who never previously abused drugs. They were prescribed OxyContin for moderate pain when a non-addictive painkiller would have been sufficient. As we now know, many of these people are now stuck in the downward spiral of OxyContin Addiction. In 2002, a survey high school teenager’s was done by the Federal Government. It reported that 4.0 percent of 12th grade students were abusing OxyContin, thus leading to OxyContin addiction.

OxyContin is nothing more than pure oxycodone: a habit-forming drug derived from the opium poppy. The large amount of the drug OxyContin in the marketplace has lead to increased opportunities for abuse and diversion. These large quantities of OxyContin pills have attracted people with whom drug addiction is already a problem and has caused OxyContin to be diverted to non-medical use. There are several factors that have contributed to this. OxyContin’s formulation as a controlled-release opioid that is twice as potent as morphine may have made it an attractive target for abuse and diversion. In addition, the original label’s safety warning advising patients not to crush the tablets because of the possible rapid release of the potentially toxic amount of oxycodone may have inadvertently alerted people who abuse drugs to methods for misuse, thus leading to OxyContin Addiction.

Furthermore, OxyContin’s rapid growth in sales can also be attributed to availability on the street, which has made it much easier to obtain this drug illicitly. Per court records, Purdue Pharma (maker of OxyContin) grossed at least $10.2 billion in OxyContin sales from 1995 to 2006. In releasing this highly addictive and potentially harmful drug, the company overlooked warning signs in its quest for profits. This has lead to a high rate of OxyContin Addiction amongst its users.

OxyContin Addiction is Two Problems, Not Just One

OxyContin addiction may be a physical and/or an emotional dependence, but it is not some mysterious brain disease. Similar to other addictions, a person suffering from OxyContin addiction is using OxyContin to solve some perceived problem or problems in his or her life (i.e. pain relief). The continued use of OxyContin to combat these perceived problems is what leads to OxyContin addiction. When used for pain relief, OxyContin is often continued to be taken even after the pain is gone. Eventually, OxyContin addiction itself becomes an even greater problem than the original problem or problems that OxyContin was supposed to solve.

The result is that now the person has two problems:

  • The original underlying problem(s), possibly now forgotten
  • The new problem-- OxyContin addiction. 

Successful OxyContin Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Solves Both Problems

Many people start using OxyContin to get some sort of pain relief. This is where our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program differs from other programs. We have dedicated staff members that are trained to deliver various assist processes that help to relieve and heal the body, thus eliminating the need for pain medication. The assist processes are somewhat similar to a massage. The purpose of this is to get you into communication with your body, and allow it to heal itself. Also, as part of our drug treatment, we offer a Detoxification program, in which we use a Sauna to eliminate drugs and toxins from the body. Many of our students have stated that this process has freed them from the pain that originally lead them to OxyContin addiction in the first place. OxyContin or other pain relievers do nothing more than mask over the real problem(s) that a person is going through. Without handling the underlying cause of the problem(s) that lead to the OxyContin addiction, the solution is just temporary at best. This is why we heal both the mind and the body, since both must be rehabilitated for a person to be happy and successful.

Helping the person with the OxyContin addiction problem to discover or rediscover the original problem or problems and to overcome these with real-life solutions is an essential component of almost all successful Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers. By equipping a person who has an OxyContin addiction problem with tools and life skills to confront and handle common obstacles encountered in life, at home, on the job, etc. on a daily basis is integral to beating addiction in the long term!

Conclusion on OxyContin Addiction

Only when both the OxyContin addiction and the underlying reasons for the OxyContin addiction are resolved can a person become a happy, healthy and productive member of society.

The Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been helping those stuck in the deadly trap of drug and alcohol addiction, beat there addictions and once again become drug free individuals leading productive lives and contributing to society!    Freedom from OxyContin Addiction is possible!

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