Oxycodone is known many names, including Oxycodone, Oxy, 20s, 40s, and more. Generically it’s known as oxycodone. Oxy is the most popular pill for pain medication in the world. While it’s been helpful to millions managing pain tolerance, it’s also the culprit behind the opiod epidemic. Oxycodone was introduced into the United States in 1939. The feeling of taking an oxy has cocaine side affects, while also having a morphine-based affect. The combination is not only incredibly addictive, but it’s dangerous. The substance, as prescribed by medical professionals, is easy to get one’s hands on, and it can be challenging for those who use it regularly to stop. In the United States, the drug is more widely used than it’s other competitors: heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Oxycodone can be injected into muscles, the blood stream, or under the skin. Many people, however, choose to take the substance by mouth. Often, OxyCotin comes in tablets, making them easy to throw back. Others chew it, snort it, and allow it to dissolve in water. When the drug is injected, inhaled, or taken in with water, the effects are instantaneous. The downside is that these drugs are not meant for instant results. They were made with the idea that it would take a bit of time before the effects were felt. The quicker solution makes more room for error, including that of an overdose.
The prescription of Oxy ranges in side effects, but some of the most common that tend to get people addicted include euphoria, reduced pain, sedation, relaxation, and anxiety relief. While these effects may seem enticing, the reality is that the negatives far outweigh the good. Negative side effects include nausea, constipation, dizzy spells, stomach pain, dry mouth, loss of appetite, and vomiting. For those that use Oxycodone for the long term can experience other symptoms including swelling, seizures, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing.
Oxy is a long-term drug, meaning that it can last anywhere from 12-24 hours. While the user might not experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not take another pill before those hours are up, they will most certainly start to feel the effects around 4-8 hours after. Many people describe the withdrawal process from Oxycodone feeling like a severe flu. While users who have not been using the drug for very long may only experience symptoms for a few days, those that have been using longer can experience symptoms for up to two weeks!
There are numerous approaches to treating an opioid or oxycodone addiction. Each individual is different, meaning that each person’s journey will be unique. That’s why it’s crucial though to match the treatment method to the needs of the patient. For example, therapy can include cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management. The idea behind cognitive therapy is to help patients pinpoint the root cause of their addiction. By working backwards in time, patients are able to be more aware of their motivations, triggers, and low moments. At Healing Properties, we strive to bring programs such as therapy, advanced wellness, Zen spaces, inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and so much more into our sober home. There was a time for getting high, but now is a time for healing. At Healing Properties, we know that addiction can be scary, and that it can be difficult to let go. Yet, we can also guarantee you that the time is now, and that it’s your time to learn that you’re worth it!