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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin comes under the Schedule II drug category. As a prescribed medication it is an effective and efficient analgesic. Oxycontin contains oxycodone, a derivative of opium which causes narcotic effects on human body. This substance is also a central nervous system depressant.



Oxycontin is extensively used by cancer patients and people who have chronic, long-lasting pain. This drug provides pain relief for about 12 hours, but when abused begins to create a serious addiction threat.

When a person is exposed to high doses of Oxycontin for an extended period of time it leads to physical dependence. If suddenly stopped, the body experiences severe withdrawal symptoms. Addiction to this drug produces a craving towards it.

Oxycontin is often abused for its euphoric effects. This drug is available as tablets and is often taken intact orally or by crushing or chewing it. Abusers also adopt methods like snorting the powdered tablets or injecting the water dissolved drug. Crushing or diluting deactivates the timed-release action of this drug and permits sudden release of oxycodone into the blood which creates a euphoric effect. This practice helps to develop an increased tolerance to the drug. In this condition higher dose of the drug is required to get the initial effect and the abuser gets more addicted to the drug.

Effects of Oxycontin

Respiratory depression is a serious risk associated with OxyContin. The use of this drug may also cause nausea, sedation, dizziness headache, constipation, vomiting, headache, dry mouth, sweating, and weakness. Physical dependence and tolerance develops with the frequent use of this drug. Over dose of this drug can create seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, confusion, cold or clammy skin and small pupils.

Symptoms of Oxycontin Addiction

If Oxycontin is used by mixing with drugs like alcohol, antihistamines barbiturates, or benzodiazepines may cause to slow down breathing of the user. It also creates feelings of pleasantness and euphoria.

Some withdrawal symptoms are heart palpitations, uncontrollable coughing, diarrhea, insomnia watery eyes, excessive yawning, depression, muscle and bone pain.

Treatment

Oxycontin users can be treated effectively by closely supervised detoxification combined with counseling. The counseling will help the abusers in increasing their mental power to withdraw from the habit. Holistic treatment has also been proved as a very effective treatment method which will help to rejuvenate all elements encompassing the mind, body and spirit of the abuser.

 
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