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Roxicodone is a brand name for Oxycodone. It is an opioid-derived drug prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It’s rapid release formula is used to help people who have undergone surgery, but when abused, the drug can cause a fast and lasting high.
Those who abuse this medication typically crush or melt the tablets and either smoke, snort or inject the substance. Due to the fact that it has the same ingredients as Oxycodone, this drug has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Both drugs affect the brain in the same way, by blocking pain receptors and producing a sense of relaxation and euphoria.
The symptoms produced by Roxicodone abuse will vary depending on the amount consumed, the frequency, and the tolerance of the individual. Some of the negative signs and symptoms of abuse may include:
Opioids affect the area of the brain that controls pain and reward. Roxicodone blocks sensations of pain while increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine, resulting in a feeling of euphoria. However, over an extended period of abuse, the brain halts its own natural production of the “feel good” chemicals leading the person to rely on the drug in order to feel good.
Oxycodone, no matter what the brand name (Roxicodone, OxyContin, Percocet), is one of the most abused opioid prescription drugs in the United States. These prescription painkillers are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year. Prescription pain killer addiction forms as a result of repeated abuse. In order to effectively address and treat the addiction, a comprehensive rehab plan is required.
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Inpatient rehab programs are the most effective type of treatment because the patient is required live at the facility for the duration of the program, usually around 30 days. People in inpatient programs have frequent therapy sessions and take part in various activities that help them to relax and build confidence. Inpatient rehab is preferred for cases of addiction where the risk of relapse is high. The completely drug-free environment is the ideal place to rehabilitate as the patient is under constant supervision.
Assessment: The ultimate purpose of addiction treatment is to help a patient establish a better way of life that is free from the desire and compulsion to abuse drugs or alcohol. This is achieved by first interviewing a patient to assess their individual needs. Once a treatment plan has been established, the patient can begin their treatment, which usually starts with a detoxification.
Detox: Medical detox is conducted in a safe and comfortable environment, where patients can be monitored by professional healthcare provides. In order to alleviate the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, certain medications and other medical intervention may be used during this period. Detox addresses the physical aspect of addiction, but further treatment is needed to address the psychological aspect of substance dependence.
Therapy: Once detox is complete, the patient can then attend group meetings, individual counseling and any other alternative methods of treatment that will help establish a new way of life for the patient. This rehabilitation phase continues throughout the course of their stay in the rehab facility. Many of the therapeutic techniques aim to address the problems that may be the underlying cause of substance abuse to help avoid future relapse. Relapse prevention strategies are taught so that when future situations arise, the patient is able to deal with them effectively.
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Last updated on April 7th, 2017 at 09:04 pm