Our detox program helps you establish the beginnings of an opioid-free lifestyle.

OxyContin is a extended-release painkiller often targeted for its relatively high content of a powerful opioid substance called oxycodone. When misused for extended periods of time, this medication can easily produce the brain changes that cause opioid addiction.

Once addiction sets in, anyone wishing to halt their consumption of OxyContin must go through withdrawal in a process commonly known as detoxification, or detox. While some people attempt to withdraw from the medication on their own, only experienced professionals can reliably support detox in a safe, effective manner.


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At FootPrints Behavioral Health Center, we provide the crucial assistance needed to successfully complete OxyContin detox. Each of our program participants receives medically supervised treatment in a residential setting that provides all the resources required for a positive outcome. And every step of the way, we focus on a customized approach that responds to your specific withdrawal symptoms and individual needs.

What Are the Symptoms of OxyCotin Withdrawal?

Since OxyContin contains oxycodone, the symptoms of withdrawal that occur in people addicted to the medication largely resemble the symptoms of other forms of opioid withdrawal. Typical physical effects include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormally High Sweat Output
  • Anchy Muscles
  • A Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Pupil Dilation
  • Fatigue
  • Uncontrolled Yawning
  • Muscle Spasms or Tremors
  • Appetite Changes
  • Sleeplessness and
  • Blood Pressure Increases

Common emotional/psychological effects of OxyCotin withdrawal include:

  • Depression
  • An Agitated or Irritable Mental State
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of Mental Focus
  • Mood Swings and
  • Strong Cravings for Continued Drug Use

Most individuals going through OxyContin withdrawal don’t experience any life-threatening problems. However, intensely unpleasant symptoms can occur, especially in heavy and/or long-term abusers of the medication. In addition, relatively severe symptoms can occur in people withdrawing from OxyContin who also consume excessive amounts of alcohol or abuse another opioid medication or drug.


Opioids account for the greatest proportion of the prescription drug abuse problem.

– National Institute on Drug Abuse


How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

No one can say for sure exactly how long it will take to complete OxyContin withdrawal. Factors that affect the process include the severity and length of medication abuse prior to entering the detox process, whether OxyContin is consumed in its original oral form or crushed into a powder and snorted or injected, individual genetics and other unique personal factors. Still, generally speaking, withdrawal symptoms first appear within several hours to a day after halting consumption of the medication and intensify for as long as several days before beginning to subside.

What Is Medically Supervised Detox?

During medically supervised detoxification, OxyContin withdrawal occurs in a facility staffed with doctors and nurses who specialize in supporting each individual going through this challenging process. While staying in this closely monitored environment, all patients receive the level of care needed to maximize their chances for a successful outcome. In some cases, people with relatively short histories of OxyContin abuse may need nothing more than general medical oversight while completing detox. However, many individuals have more entrenched problems, and need some sort of medication to reduce the severity of their withdrawal symptoms. Medication use is often short-term, although some individuals withdrawing from opioids continue to take medication for much longer periods of time.

Medications Used During OxyContin Detox

The medications used to help people withdrawing from OxyContin are the same as those used for other forms of opioid withdrawal. A medication called clonidine can play an important role by reducing anxiety levels and lessening the impact of other psychologically stressful emotional states. Clonidine can also provide relief from several uncomfortable physical symptoms, including trembling or spasming muscles and an accelerated heart rate. When administered by trained medical personnel, two opioid medications — buprenorphine and methadone — can help ease the brain’s reliance on OxyContin. Doctors can also use medications called naloxone and naltrexone to reduce relapse risks by blocking opioids’ effects inside the brain. A buprenorphine/naloxone combination called Suboxone helps ease withdrawal while minimizing any risks for buprenorphine abuse.

The Risks of At-Home Detox

Instead of going through OxyContin detoxification in a controlled, medically supervised environment, some individuals make the decision to detox on their own at home. However, there are important reasons to avoid this approach and seek the help of professionals. First, no one can predict in advance exactly how severe or uncomfortable the withdrawal process will be. While most people don’t experience any major health complications during this process, some do. Doctors and support staff at detox facilities know how to handle unexpected emergencies and safeguard the health of all participants. Without this guidance and oversight, unnecessary tragedies can occur.

During OxyContin withdrawal, the sheer mental and physical discomfort of the process can easily discourage you from continuing your attempt to stop using opioids, and thereby contribute to the onset of a relapse. This is especially true since people detoxing from opioids commonly feel a strong urge to return to drug intake. If you make your detox attempt at home, you will typically lack the support needed to cope successfully with withdrawal and keep your relapse risks in check. This means that you have smaller chances of completing detox and taking the next steps toward long-term abstinence.



Our Approach to OxyContin Detox

Everyone who enrolls in OxyContin detox at FootPrints BHC receives 24/7 oversight from our team of dedicated medical professionals, which includes doctors, nurses, mental health experts and various support personnel. The combination of medical supervision and residential treatment allows us to diminish the severity of the common symptoms of opioid withdrawal and rapidly indentify and address any uncommon symptoms or unforeseen complications. Our comprehensive monitoring also helps you or your loved one resist the urge to return to active consumption of OxyContin or any other opioid substance.

Enrollment in our program begins with a thorough medical evaluation that considers all aspects of your physical and emotional/psychological health and well-being. Along with other details provided by you and your family members, this evaluation acts as the basic blueprint for your detox plan. Our goal is to provide you with a level of care that meets your particular needs while going through OxyContin withdrawal. You can learn more about our OxyContin detox program by speaking with one of our counselors at (866) 623-1526.

The Benefits of Family Support

People going through all forms of substance detox have improved chances of success when they have adequate support networks. We provide part of that network through our individualized approach to care. However, your family and friends can also play a major supporting role. For that reason, we make sure that you have enough time to maintain access to these important loved ones while taking part in our program.

Detox Prepares You for Long-Term Recovery

Detoxification is just the first step on your road to recovery from OxyContin abuse/addiction. In order for you to truly benefit from the process, you must follow up successful detox with enrollment in an appropriate substance treatment program. In this type of program, you will receive the vital assistance required to understand your underlying motivations for medication misuse, replace those motivations with healthy alternatives and cope with any ongoing urges to abandon your sobriety and return to opioid intake.

At FootPrints BHC, we offer a broad range of program options that allow you to transition smoothly from detox to active substance treatment. These options include residential programs, as well as outpatient programs and intensive outpatient programs. They also include therapy sessions conducted in groups, on an individual basis and with the participation of important family members. In addition, we offer a number of classes on topics of special relevance, including a better understanding of the physical and mental changes associated with opioid addiction, improvement of your daily ability to function and specific methods to avoid experiencing a relapse.

Affordable Detox Plans

Properly supervised detox is only an option if you can afford to pay for your program enrollment. While your insurance may cover at least part of the expense of enrollment, you may still need assistance to meet the cost of program entry. At FootPrints BHC, we assist in making suitable arrangements by offering several payment plans that help you receive the care you need without creating a major financial burden.

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