Recognizing Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone addiction is one of the faster growing addictions in the United States. As the population on oxycodone increases so do the addiction rates. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recognize oxycodone addiction when you are an addict.

Once you know the signs, you can be better prepared to understand that you need treatment for your addiction. For more information, call 844-431-5818(Who Answers?) . We can help you both recognize the symptoms and find a treatment center to end your addiction.


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, lying about your addiction is one of the key signs of addiction. You will lie to your family, your friends, and just about everyone else in order to hide your addiction.

If you find yourself hiding the fact that you are taking more oxycodone than prescribed, you probably have a problem with addiction. Oxycodone is tricky because you start with a legitimate prescription. Unfortunately before you know it, you are taking more and more. Then you have to lie about how much you are taking.


Stealing is another major issue and sign that you are addicted. You might steal because you need the money to visit another doctor or to buy oxycodone illegally. You will steal from your friends, your family, and total strangers. Although each addict is different, most of them wind up stealing eventually.

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Doctor Shopping

Doctor shopping is another sign that your oxycodone use is out of control. Doctor shopping is the practice of seeing more than one doctor or frequently switching doctors to get more prescriptions.

This practice is not only illegal, it is very dangerous. Your doctor needs to know exactly how much oxycodone you are taking or you will run the risk of overdose. An overdose usually results in permanent damage or death.

Prescription Fraud

According to the Mayo Clinic, prescription fraud is a major part of prescription drug addiction in general and oxycodone addiction in general. This includes:

  • Stealing prescriptions
  • Accidentally losing a prescription
  • Selling your prescriptions
  • Buying others prescriptions

Each of these constitutes prescription fraud. Not only is it a sure sign of addiction. It is also a felony and can land you in jail.

Loss of Income

If your addiction is severe, you will lose your job to the oxycodone. Sometimes it is because you are chronically late or absent for work other times it is because you make a major mistake on the job. Either way the loss of your job equals loss of income due to the oxycodone addiction.

When you lose your job or other income, it is a definite sign that you are an addict. The fact that you are no longer able to provide for yourself or your family can cause you to fall deeper into your addiction.

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Money Disappearing

Money disappearing when you are on oxycodone is an excellent sign that you are spending more than you intended on the drug. Some addicts do not realize how much their addiction is costing them daily, weekly, and monthly.

When the money that you have for rent or bills is suddenly gone because you spent it on obtaining more oxycodone, treatment is a must. This goes hand in hand with stealing money to support your addiction. Seeking treatment might be the only answer. Some treatment centers offer job coaching and employment counseling as part of their services.

Job Changes

Having to change jobs frequently is another way to recognize that you or someone you are close to has an oxycodone problem. It is sometimes due your job performance and other times it is due to missing work, but at poor job history or being unable to keep a job is a sign of addiction.

Employers look at your work history in order to higher you. Not only can your oxycodone addiction cause you to lose your job, it can also cause you to not be hired by anyone else. This can make things extremely difficult even after you have gone through treatment.

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47,300* People Addicted
23,100* Getting Help
8,209* Deaths
*Statistic from 2015

Family Issues

There is a good chance that your family will recognize your addiction before you do. Whether they see the mood changes you go through when you are out of the drug or witnessing how much it is affecting your life, they will notice eventually. You cannot hide your oxycodone addiction from everyone, forever.

When your family is concerned, it is time to consider treatment. Oxycodone addiction can and will destroy your family. The lying and stealing alone may be costing you your family and friends already.

Mood Changes

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Drastic mood changes are common with oxycodone addiction.

Anxiety, depression, paranoia, and cognitive impairments are all signs that you are an oxycodone addict. These mood changes can be swift and violent. You might be in danger of hurting yourself or someone close to you. When these mood changes start to appear, it is important to seek treatment before you do permanent damage.

Going into Withdrawal

Experiencing oxycodone withdrawal is another sign that you are an addict. When you stop taking or run out of the drug, you begin to experience some severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Dehydration
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety

Withdrawal from oxycodone is extremely difficult. This is why treatment is often necessary to end your addiction. When you experience withdrawal, it is time to seek treatment. Treatment can help with many of the symptoms of withdrawal.

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Experiencing the Negative Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

When you start feeling the negative effects of oxycodone abuse, you probably need treatment. Some of these negative effects are:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Increased pain
  • Tolerance
  • Paranoia
  • Inability to feel pleasure without the oxycodone

If you are wondering about seeking treatment, then deep down you probably know you are addicted to oxycodone. When you are exhibiting these signs of addiction, treatment may be necessary to conquer you addiction. To find help now, call 844-431-5818(Who Answers?) . We can assist you in finding the treatment that you need.

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Oxycodone addiction has many negative consequences. If you or someone you love experiences any of these, consider seeking treatment help right away.