By gaining a better understanding of the various oxycodone addiction treatments available, you can make an educated decision on what form of care will benefit you most.
Treatment Options for Oxycodone Addicts
Oxycodone addiction is one of the fastest growing addictions in the United States. It is so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control are calling it an epidemic. If you or a loved one is addicted to oxycodone, there is treatment available. Knowing the types of treatment can help you to choose the one that is right for you. For help with any of the treatments or to find a treatment center, call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?). We can help.
Where you seek treatment is an important factor. There are three types of facilities. These facilities are:
- Inpatient or residential treatment – you stay at the facility 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- Outpatient or nonresidential treatment – you go home after daily, weekly, or monthly treatment.
- Combination treatment – a mix of residential and nonresidential treatments.
Each treatment location is a personal choice. Some of the factors that you have to consider are:
- Time away from family
- Time away from your job
- Treatment immersion
- Environmental triggers
Each of these plays a role in which type of treatment is right for you.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment is a mix of medications and counseling methods. This is one of the most effective forms of treatment because it combines medication for withdrawal with the latest in counseling methods. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the types of medications that are useful are:
Each of these medications is highly effective in treating multiple withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms that they treat are:
- Dry mouth
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
In rare cases, oxycodone withdrawal can lead to:
- Irregular heart rate
- Loss of consciousness
- Relapse related overdose
This is why it is so important to seek treatment before it is too late. Once you are through the withdrawal, you can safely taper off the medication and continue counseling, as you need it.
Medication Maintenance Treatment
Medication maintenance treatment is very similar to medication assisted treatment. On medication maintenance treatment, you go through the same assessment, counseling, and medication therapy but you do not taper off the medication.
This treatment method works best when you have a chronic condition such as:
- Chronic pain
These chronic conditions require continuing treatment. If for some reason you need to change medications or decide to end your dependence on them, you can always update your treatment plan.
The counseling methods employed in medication assisted treatment, medication maintenance treatment, counseling only treatment, and combination therapy are:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Contingency management
- 12 step facilitation therapy
- Motivational interviewing
Each of these can be completed in inpatient or outpatient facilities. To find the treatment facility that is right for you, call (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?).
Counseling Only Treatment
Counseling only treatment can help you to deal with all of the factors relating to addiction without the use of medications. During counseling only treatment, you only use behavioral therapy to end your drug addiction. You do not use medications at all. The forms and goals of counseling only treatment are the same as any counseling in medication assisted treatment, medication maintenance treatment, and combination treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, the purpose of counseling is to:
- Determine the cause that lead up to the oxycodone abuse. This could be anything from boredom to pain.
- Learn how to resist cravings and avoid relapse
- Learn to develop healthy relationships
- Learn ways to engage in healthy activities without the drugs
- Learn how to deal with relapse and triggering events
Counseling only therapy is effective for those who want to try to stop the oxycodone addiction, but do not want to use medications to do it.
Combination treatment is exactly that, it combines all of the various methods of treatment including a mix of detoxification procedures and long term treatment. Combination treatment can be accomplished in almost every setting and with every type of treatment.
12 Step Therapy
12 Step Therapy is a peer counseling type of treatment. In a 12 Step Program, addicts assist other addicts with conquering their oxycodone addiction. In 12 Step Therapy, you attend meetings. These meetings occur all over the world and multiple times a day if necessary. Each meeting follows a specific structure.
There are many types of meetings in both Narcotics Anonymous and Oxycodone Anonymous. Depending on your situation and level of addiction, you choose which meetings to attend. A few of the meeting types are:
- Big book meetings – the big book is a guide to the 12 Step Philosophy
- Sharing meetings – where the group shares their stories
- Speakers meetings – where a single speaker shares his or her success story
Some addicts do very well with the structure of a 12 Step Group. It is important to remember that 12 Step Therapy can be useful when you combine it with any of the other types of treatment.
Tapering is usually the first thing that you try. It is also the least effective treatment available. In tapering treatment, you gradually wean off the oxycodone until you are drug free. This means that you go through withdrawal a little bit at a time.
It can be extremely difficult to taper successfully. Most people cannot taper successfully due to the withdrawal symptoms. They relapse or do not lower their dosage. One of the only ways that tapering is successful is to use a doctor or other person to control the taper.
These treatments are available at almost every treatment center. You just need to choose the one that is right for you. Isn’t it time to end your addiction? Call us now at (800) 407-7195(Who Answers?). We can help you find the treatment you need to conquer your oxycodone addiction.