In the past few years alone, OxyContin abuse has become widespread within the borders of the United States. OxyContin is simply the brand name for a time-released version of oxycodone, which is a semi-synthetic opioid utilized to treat moderate to severe pain. Similar to heroin and morphine, oxycodone is derived from the poppy plant and can have tremendous effects of the body. Individuals who abuse OxyContin for either recreational or illicit purposes put themselves in danger of developing tolerance and dependence if abuse of this medication is long-standing.
Stopping one’s abuse of OxyContin once an addiction has developed can be extremely challenging and even painful. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer a medication assisted treatment program that can help men and women who seek our services overcome their addiction to OxyContin.
Types of Treatment Offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers offers medication assisted treatment for adults, aged 18 and older, who have found themselves addicted to OxyContin or other opioids. The treatment received at a program such as this will typically include the use of methadone, Suboxone, Vivitrol, or Subutex, as well as individual and group therapy. Each patient will receive his or her own treatment plan based on his or her individual needs. All services are administered by professionals, including counselors, nurses, and doctors.
Below are some of the different forms of care that are available at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers:
Methadone: Methadone was first introduced in the 1960s, and has been a go-to for medication assisted treatment ever since. Up until the early 2000’s, methadone was the only medication approved for treating opiate addictions. The research that has been conducted on methadone over the past 40 years has proven that the use of this drug in medication assisted treatment programs is both safe and effective when provided by a medical professional. Methadone works by connecting to the same receptors in the brain that OxyContin does, however it does not produce the same disorienting high. Therefore, patients taking methadone can continue to live their every day lives without succumbing to withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
Suboxone: By 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved Suboxone for use in medication assisted treatment programs. Similar to methadone, Suboxone fights drug cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms without causing an uncoordinated high. Suboxone is the brand name for the medication containing buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine puts an end to cravings and withdrawal, while naloxone works to prevent overdose and abuse.
Subutex: Subutex also received FDA approval in 2002, and like Suboxone, it stops cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the patient to become high. Subutex only contains buprenorphine and is often used at the start of a treatment plan before a patient begins taking Suboxone.
Vivitrol: Vivitrol is unique in that it is given intravenously once a month. Other medications such as methadone, Subutex, and Suboxone are all taken orally and on a daily basis. The main ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which prevents withdrawal symptoms and minimizes drug cravings.
Individual therapy: At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are dedicated to offering superb individual therapy to our patients. We believe that individual therapy is a critical component to an individual’s recovery, as it helps address the underlying psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues tied to OxyContin abuse and addiction.
Group therapy: As a counterpart to one-on-one individual therapy, group therapy offers interpersonal interactions in a safe, supervised setting. Through group therapy sessions, patients can connect with other individuals who are experiencing similar issues, provide support as well as help patients obtain it, and lead to positive therapeutic progress that can help a patient’s overall recovery. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy is conducted by a counselor, who maintains a safe and structured environment so that all participants can be productive.
Why Consider Treatment at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
An addiction to OxyContin is a serious problem. The medication itself is incredibly powerful and can devastate and individual and his or her loved ones. As OxyContin abuse turns into an addiction, an individual is put at incredible risk for several health concerns and costs to his or her overall wellbeing.
Abusing OxyContin can damage an individual’s immune system, causing him or her to experience a host of health problems. Additional issues associated with OxyContin abuse include sexual problems, onset of mood disorders, respiratory distress, sleeping issues, problems with the central nervous system, and more. Even when abused for a short period of time, OxyContin can cause constipation, nausea, slowed breathing, rash, and swelling of the throat. In addition, a fatal overdose is always possible if treatment is not sought.
Luckily, there are safe options for you so you can get recover and achieve sobriety. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our team of dedicated professionals is prepared to help you triumph over your addiction to OxyContin and begin your journey towards a happy and healthy life.