OxyContin is a pharmaceutical prescribed for the treatment of physical pain. A synthetic opiate, Oxycontin is a highly effective pain medication with well-documented tolerance and evident chemical dependency. Commonly prescribed for pain in terminal cancer patients, the short term benefit of relief from pain becomes exclusive to any regard for the damaging effects of the drug. Illicit use of Oxycontin (use other than prescribed) generally lacks the urgency of terminal disease and results in a user rapidly developing tolerance and increased usage. Liver toxicity is a primary issue with most abuse, due to the liver’s primary functions being excessively taxed. Oxycontin is no exception. Oxycontin is also commonly prescribed for chronic back pain. This diagnosis is under scrutiny as rebound of suppressed pain, tolerance of Oxycontin and an addictive personality are prone to abuse.
Abuse of Oxycontin specifically means the self-inflicted maltreatment, injury, or damage to ones person with Oxycontin. This includes the physical body of the addict and the social and/or financial harm that will affect this same “natural person” within society. It includes the family, friends, coworkers and congregation members who are likely victims and/or enablers of the addict’s abusive behavior.
Oxycontin Addiction and Dependency
Beyond abuse, addiction and dependency are a potential mix of the physiological need for Oxycontin and psychological or behavioral need for self medication with Oxycontin. Ultimately the addict has to desire to be free of her drive for the drug and/or its effects. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage – if not death – is far more likely than an addict seeking treatment on their own.
Oxycontin Addiction Intervention
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