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A Closer Look at Roxicodone Addiction

Roxicodone addiction is a growing problem in the United States today. Roxicodone is a highly addictive prescription opioid analgesic, essentially it is a narcotic pain reliever that works by affecting the central nervous system.

Roxicodone falls into the oxycodone family which is intended to cause immediate relief for moderate to severe pain. It contains the same active ingredient as OxyContin, however, Roxicodone is manufactured in an immediate-release tablet, so you get all of the active ingredients at once. The emergence of pain clinics, online pharmacies and a general misconception about the dangers of prescription drug abuse have all led to the increase in Roxicodone addiction in our society.

Why Roxicodone Addiction is Becoming So Common

A large portion of the population addicted to oxycodone-based products start off very innocently with no malintent. What that means is that they are prescribed these pills by a doctor to combat their severe pain symptoms caused by an injury or an illness.  However, shortly after taking these pills, one of two things can happen. One possibility is that the body can begin to build a tolerance to the prescribed dosage of the drug, so the sufferer will take more and more to achieve their desired level of pain relief.

Another possibility, which can occur simultaneously with the tolerance theory or exclusive of it, is that many of these individuals will become addicted to the euphoric effects oxycodone addicts report to feel. So patients continue to refill their prescriptions under the guise of still being in pain to get it when in fact they’re not.

Opiates are famous for causing psychological and physical dependence among those who use them. In addition to dependence, opiates are also known for their extreme withdrawal symptoms as well.

Couple the instant pain relief and overall “numbing effect” Roxicodone provides with the painful withdrawal symptoms an individual can experience when trying to wean themselves off of it, it should come as no surprise that Roxicodone addiction is becoming so common. Withdrawal symptoms can include, but are not limited to: sweating, chills, weakness, irritability, anxiety, depression, nausea and vomiting.

Oxycodone abuse and addiction are increasingly prevalent among men and women in America. This is a disease that truly can affect anyone regardless of gender, class or income. Women are more prone than men to suffer from conditions that produce recurring or chronic pain, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain. This could lead to an increased risk of Roxicodone addiction among women.

With so many individuals in this country becoming addicted to these narcotic pain relievers, essentially by accident, accepting that you’ve developed a problem and seeking treatment for your addiction is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, we at Destination Hope think it’s quite brave.

Destination Hope is a Joint Commission accredited drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida. Due to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that’s been unfolding all around us, we’ve required our expert clinicians to take additional specialized training programs to better understand and treat the needs of our clients with pharmaceutical addictions.

Destination Hope prides itself on providing the safe, nurturing and gender-controlled environment needed to heal from prescription drug addiction and start focusing on life without dependence. If there’s a person in your life that could benefit from talking with the counselors at Destination Hope, please don’t hesitate in contacting us today. Our sole purpose is to help you mend and progress. Call us anytime!