Our detox program helps you establish the beginnings of an opioid-free lifestyle.
OxyContin is an 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.
At Footprints BHC, 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
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:
Common emotional/psychological effects of OxyContin withdrawal include:
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
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
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.
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
Everyone who enrolls in OxyContin detox at Footprints BHC receives 24/7 oversights 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 identify 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.
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.