What is Oxycontin?
Oxycontin is the brand name of opioid-based prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It contains the active ingredient oxycodone, which is found in other painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin. Known by its street names oxy, oc, or hillbilly heroin the drug when abused produces a strong feeling of euphoria that is highly addictive.
Teen Oxycontin Addiction
Teen Oxycontin Addiction has been steadily on the rise in recent years. Easy access to their parents’ and grandparents medicine cabinets in addition to a crackdown on over the counter medications and spray paints commonly used for illicit purposes among teens has made prescription Oxycontin one of the biggest drug problems for teens. Oxycontin comes in four strengths 10, 20, 40 and 80mg. When taken as prescribed the tablets are time-released. In an effort to get the feel the full effect of the pills instantaneously teens often dissolve them in water or crush them creating a powder that can be snorted or injected.
Oxycontin is an incredibly powerful, dangerous drug that comparable to heroin but without the stigma. Because it is a medication prescribed by a doctor many adolescents feel some illusion of safety that they are not using unregulated street drugs. This laxness leads users use unsafe amounts of the drug. Make no mistake OC is a killer and if your teen is experimenting with it they are gambling with their life. There is no time to waste, take action or get help now!
What are its short-term effects?
Common opioid side effects are constipation, nausea, sedation, dizziness, vomiting, headache, dry mouth, sweating, mood changes, flushing, loss of appetite, and weakness.В The most serious risk associated with opioids, including Oxycontin, is respiratory depression or slowed breathing. Taking a large single dose of an opioid could cause severe respiratory depression and/or difficulty breathing that can lead to death.
What are its long-term effects?
Chronic use of opioids can result in tolerance for the drugs, which means that users must take higher doses to achieve the same initial effects. Long-term use can also lead to physical dependence and addiction. The body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped. Taken exactly as prescribed, opioids can be used to manage pain effectively.
Help is Here
The experienced Treatment Team at Vista Academy consists of counselors, therapists, academic advisers, mentors, and psychiatrists. The focus of Vista Academy is to provide teens with knowledge about their addiction, show them how to live a happy healthy life, and teach them tools for relapse prevention.
Drug and alcohol addiction can be detrimental to the family as a whole. Vista Academy not only helps their students, but the family to heal as a whole. One in ten Americans are alcoholics or addicts, and it is possible to become sober at a young age, and remain sober without relapse.
Oxycontin Treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, random drug testing, experiential therapy, staff, peer, and family support as well as integration of the Vista Academy’s five core competencies. Oxycontin is dangerous and treatment is beneficial.