At Journey Malibu’s OxyContin Addiction Rehab, we are dedicated to providing multifaceted, individualized methods to treat the complex problem of addiction to OxyContin.
Your stay with us will begin, if necessary, with our safe, gentle, staff supervised OxyContin detoxification process at our addiction rehab. We are committed to getting you started comfortably on your path to recovery.
At Journey Malibu’s Recovery RETREATment Residential Program, we are committed to getting you started comfortably on your path to recovery. We understand the challenge of getting clean from OxyContin addiction and we are aware that, for some, a desire to avoid detoxification can keep the individual from seeking treatment entirely. However, the detoxification process does not have to be a distressing one. Detoxification at our OxyContin addiction rehab is a completely safe process, especially when performed in the safe and comfortable environment we provide here at Journey Malibu. Detoxification does not have to be unpleasant in a safe and healing environment.
At Journey Malibu, our independently affiliated physician is certified in the most advanced Subutex and Suboxone treatment available. Buprenorphine and Naloxone can be administered, if appropriate, and will ensure that your personal experience of opiate detoxification is comfortable. Freedom from addiction is the goal and detoxification is the beginning. Call us now for details on our pain-free detoxification protocols.
OxyContin is the brand name for a time-release formula of Oxycodone, a strong opiate derived from morphine that is legally prescribed for pain relief. As an analgesic, the drug alters the way the human brain reacts to pain without anesthetic effects. Oxycodone acts in a manner similar to morphine in that it changes the way your brain interprets pain signals, so that the individual taking Oxycodone may still be aware of the experience of pain, but does not find it unpleasant – it simply does not bother them anymore.
In a frightening trend, abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin is on the rise in the adolescent age group. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2008, “1.9 million youth (or 7.7 percent) age 12 to 17 abused prescription drugs, with 1.6 million (6.5 percent) abusing a prescription pain medication. That makes painkillers among the most commonly abused drugs by teens after tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.” (Source: OxyContin abuse at the National Institute for Drug Abuse)
Effects Of Oxycodone Addiction On The Human Body
Oxycodone is a medicinal opioid and binds to receptors in the central nervous system that typically bind with the body’s own physiological opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins. This stimulation of opiate receptors by the metabolizing oxycodone results in feelings of reward and activates the pleasure circuit in the brain, causing greater amounts of dopamine to be released within the nucleus accumbens (the reward and reinforcement center of the brain). This causes a powerful euphoria, or rush, that lasts only briefly and is followed by a few hours of a relaxed, contented state. When the high begins to dissipate, the user is likely to crave the pleasurable sensations it had caused and want to replicate them. This intense release of dopamine and stimulation of the reward system and the subsequent “comedown” can lead to addiction.
As OxyContin addicts continue to use the drug (and especially if they use it above it‘s prescribed amount), the body develops a tolerance to its effects (including its therapeutic benefits), thus requiring the OxyContin addict to take increasing amounts to produce the same effects. Furthermore, as the OxyContin addict increases the amount of the drug they ingest, the brain slows or even stops endorphin production, resulting in acute pain should they try to discontinue oxycodone use. Hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, constipation, and sleepiness may also occur.
Oxycodone Addiction Rehab & Detox Considerations
Our programs are designed to address both the physical and psychological addiction to OxyContin – one of the most powerfully addictive prescription painkillers in the world.
Detox & OxyContin Addiction Rehabilitiation:
There are generally two types of detoxification at OxyContin addiction: Natural and clinical based. With natural detoxification, OxyContin addict stops using the OxyContin “cold turkey” while in the care of our well-trained clinical based professionals at JOURNEY MALIBU. This type of detoxification carries with it the risk of more withdrawal symptoms, but it is believed by some to be the fastest, most long-lasting way for the OxyContin addict to accomplish getting clean. Therapeutic detoxification for opiate OxyContin addiction usually involves the addict taking a synthetic opiate (such as methadone) in gradually smaller and smaller doses until the physical addiction to the drug is gone. This process carries with it fewer withdrawal symptoms, but can also lead to an addiction to the synthetic drug itself. Whichever type of detoxification is administered, it is very important to complete the detoxification entirely first, and then begin the other aspects of mental and psychological recovery at our OxyContin addiction rehab.
OxyContin Addiction Rehab Counseling
Once detoxification has been completed at our JOURNEY MALIBU OxyContin Addiction Rehab, we encourage the OxyContin addict to begin the counseling part of our program. There are three primary types of counseling available for overcoming OxyContin addiction: individual, group and family.
Individual counseling entails the recovering OxyContin addict meeting one-on-one in private with one of our highly-trained drug treatment counselors or therapists here at the JOURNEY MALIBU Recovery Center. These sessions offer the OxyContin addict a chance to explore the root causes of their problems, while also helping them discover the “triggers” in their lives that may lead to further abuse of the OxyContin. Once those triggers have been identified, our therapists will work with the OxyContin addict to develop healthier ways to respond to the triggers – ways that will allow them to address the stress and issues in their lives without needing to use OxyContin, or any other drug.
The group counseling at JOURNEY MALIBU’s OxyContin Addiction Rehab often creates breakthroughs for OxyContin addicts who have never spoken openly and honestly about their addiction. By meeting with other recovering addicts in the program, the OxyContin addicts are able to form a support network that greatly enhances the recovery process. This does not necessarily imply a 12-Step orientation, but 12-Step meetings in the community are offered for the OxyContin addict who desires to attend.
Family counseling is a chance for loved ones at our OxyContin addiction rehab to voice their concerns and feelings about what has occurred during the individual’s drug addiction. Through systemic family therapy, relationships are rebuilt and trust is reborn.
So if you or your loved one is serious about overcoming your OxyContin addiction, please consider making JOURNEY MALIBU’s OxyContin addiction rehab your destination.
Call today at (877) 673-4225 and we’ll see if our program is the best fit for you. If not, we’ll help you find the one that is. All calls are confidential.