Do I Need Help? Top 5 Most Common Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms

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Oxycodone abuse is one of the most common, and most dangerous epidemics to sweep the nation since prescription drugs were introduced many years ago. Sadly, oxycodone addiction affects the lives of millions of people leading to injury, illness, legal problems and untimely death each year. If you’re not sure if you need help, consider these common Oxycodone addiction symptoms your first signal to the need for help.

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Problems at Work, Home or School

Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms

Oxycodone addiction can harm your academic productivity.

Oxycodone addiction will generally lead to a number of problems at work, at home or at school. You may frequently miss class or call in sick to work, you may have relationship problems related to the drug use, you may skip work or fail to take on home responsibilities such as caring for children or performing regular household chores because you are “too busy” getting high or because you don’t feel good due to withdrawal.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Oxycodone addiction symptoms are most evident when you start to feel the symptoms of withdrawal associated with not taking the drug. As your body gets accustomed to having oxycodone on a regular basis, it no longer feels good when you don’t have Oxycodone. In fact, according to Medline Plus, “withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or dramatically reducing opiate drugs after heavy and prolonged use,” can be painful and difficult to cope with.

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Symptoms may include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bone pain
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Sweating
  • Flu-like symptoms

Failed Attempts to Quit

If you’ve already suffered from problems at home or you’ve been in trouble with the law, maybe you’ve decided to quit using Oxycodone. One of the more commonly recognized symptoms of Oxycodone addiction is evident when you attempt to quit and fail. You may want to quit, maybe you’ve even promised a loved one that you would quit but despite these promises to yourself or to others, your attempts to stop using fail for one reason or another.

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Cravings

Do you crave Oxycodone when you don’t have it? Do you feel as if you can’t live without the drug? If you’re using Oxycodone several times a day, you can’t stop thinking about it and you find yourself spending more time focused on the drug than you are on other activities then you probably need to seek some help because Oxycodone addiction is to blame.

What are the Signs of Oxycodone Abuse?

Behavioral Changes

People who are addicted to Oxycodone will often suffer from an array of behavioral changes related to the addiction. They may be happy when they have drugs, irritable or anxious when they don’t have the drugs, depressed or saddened when they try to quit and fail. The emotional changes of addiction are often evident first by others and later by the addict himself. Additionally, various changes in behavior including neglect of personal appearance, changes in activities or eating habits, changes in sleep habits and other behavioral changes are often seen.

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the Take-Away

Oxycodone is a highly addictive painkiller. Addiction to the drug develops rapidly, and it’s important to stay aware of your symptoms so that you do not fall victim.