According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 70,000 people are struggling with opioid dependency. Tennessee is currently ranked third in the nation for prescription drug misuse, and the numbers are climbing every year. It has never been more important to have quality, reliable, and evidence-based treatment options available. At ReVIDA Recovery®, we’ve joined the fight against our nation’s opioid epidemic. We are developing a premier network of recovery centers that deliver clinical excellence and industry-leading outcomes.
Among others, oxycodone is front and center of the opioid epidemic. Prescribed to treat severe pain, oxycodone has a high probability of misuse and dependency. When used under a physician’s care, oxycodone can be an effective solution for temporary pain management. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the way that it’s used. Let’s take a look at oxycodone, its characteristics, and its side effects.
What is Oxycodone?
Like other opioids, oxycodone binds to the brain’s opioid receptors, creating feelings of well-being, euphoria, and pain relief. If someone has recently undergone surgery or if they’re dealing with severe pain that isn’t responding to other methods of pain relief, a clinician might prescribe oxycodone. Oxycodone works through the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord.
When it’s used for a long period, the brain and body can become physically dependent on oxycodone. When a dose is skipped or when the medication is stopped, an individual can suffer from a host of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Tolerance can also be built when taking this medication, so people who use it may have to keep taking higher doses to feel the same effects. This can also lead to dependence.
People can also become mentally dependent on oxycodone, especially if they’re struggling with their mental health. The false promotion of “well-being” can become a way of life for some people. For those struggling with anxiety or depression, oxycodone can feel like a quick fix for mental anguish. After a while, the original dose of oxycodone stops working, so people will often misuse it by taking more than prescribed.
Treatment for Oxycodone Dependence of Opioid Use Disorder
Feeling dependent on a substance like oxycodone can feel overwhelming or scary. Never hesitate to seek help – even if you aren’t sure if you have a problem. You are not alone – remember that 70,000 people in Tennessee are also struggling with opioid dependence right now. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1.6 million people are struggling with OUD nationwide.
When it comes to treatment, ReVIDA Recovery® wants you to know we are here for you. We offer the following treatment programs to individuals who are looking to create healthier, oxycodone-free lives:
Structured Outpatient Program
Our outpatient program is designed to be flexible for your schedule. We use evidence-based, scientifically proven methods to guide you toward your journey of recovery. This program includes individual and group therapy, educational classes, and 12-step meetings. We also connect you to resources and community partners so that you’ll have round-the-clock support when you need it.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Discontinuing oxycodone use shouldn’t be unbearable. Our MAT program allows us to control your withdrawal symptoms through medication while you’re in therapy and support groups. MAT is supervised by our physicians, licensed therapists, certified counselors, care coordinators, and peer recovery specialists. We’re here to help with every step of your recovery journey.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) Treatment
Our medically supervised buprenorphine (Suboxone®) treatment program will prepare your body for long-term recovery. Buprenorphine can help in managing your withdrawal symptoms while preventing relapse and overdose. Unlike methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone®) can be prescribed in a doctor’s office, so it’s always convenient.
If you are struggling with opioid use disorder, don’t wait – call us today to reclaim your life. ReVIDA Recovery® wants to help you begin your journey to recovery. We know seeking help isn’t always easy, but our staff is committed to listening and helping with compassion. For questions or to set up an appointment, please call us at 423-631-0432. We look forward to hearing from you.