The use of prescription opioid medications such as OxyContin is at an all-time high in the United States. In fact, the US consumes 80% of the world’s supply. Unfortunately, OxyContin and similar opioid prescription painkillers cause many devastating side effects—including addiction. What is OxyContin? Why do doctors prescribe it? What are the most common OxyContin side effects? We will answer these important questions more fully below and explain why it’s important to find an opioid addiction treatment center in Southern California.
What Is OxyContin?
OxyContin is a prescription opioid analgesic. Doctors prescribe it to treat painful conditions that are thought to last for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, drugs such as OxyContin come with a high risk of dependence and addiction. Individuals who take OxyContin for an extended period of time generally exhibit signs that their body is becoming accustomed to the effects of the drug.
What Are the Most Common OxyContin Side Effects?
Some of the most common OxyContin side effects can include:
- Digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, and decreased appetite
- Headache and dizziness
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
Although OxyContin side effects can be severe, many people continue to take the medication because they need chronic pain relief. Unfortunately, this commonly leads to OxyContin addiction and dependence.
What Are the Signs of an OxyContin Addiction?
Not all people develop an OxyContin addiction in the same manner. However, the following signs can indicate an addiction that requires professional addiction treatment programs.
- Difficulties maintaining relationships or employment
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities or hobbies
- Neglecting important responsibilities
- Heavy focus on doctor shopping or gaining access to more medication
- Increased mood swings
It’s important to note that not all of these signs need to be present in order for a problem to exist. However, they’re all red flags that something is wrong. At this point, it’s common for distressing withdrawal symptoms to occur if the individual attempts to discontinue the drug on their own.
About Serenity Lodge
Serenity Lodge is a spiritually-focused drug and alcohol rehab center in San Bernardino, CA. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, our secluded 22-acre grounds allow Clients to get away from the stress of daily life in order to focus entirely on healing.
Serenity Lodge offers many different addiction treatment programs that allow you to get to the root cause of your addiction and formulate a unique plan for a complete recovery.
Along with evidence-based addiction therapy approaches, we also offer an array of amenities, including:
- Fitness center
- Movie theatre and recording studio
- Yoga and massage therapy
- Sauna, pool, and hot tub
- Golf and racquetball
- Nutritional prepared mealsal therapy
Overcoming addictions can be an overwhelming process. However, you don’t have to go through it alone. Call Serenity Lodge today at 866.379.4365 to find out how we can help you get started on the path to healing.