OxyNEO and other prescription drugs (like Opana, OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, etc) are extremely habit forming. The drugs can create a “heroin like” sense of euphoria and the user’s brain chemistry can quickly alter to cause them to feel utterly dependent on the drug for a sense of well being.
If used long enough, physical addiction can accompany the mental addiction, and with each passing use, the recovery process becomes more difficult, longer, and more painful.
Potentially Deadly In Every Use
Do not wait another second to begin the process of seeking help if you or someone you care about is using narcotic medications. We have learned so very painfully what can happen if you “hope the problem goes away.” That’s not how addiction works – it typically progresses as a result of tolerance and increased dependence.
When is it Time to Worry?
Denial is part of the addiction phenomenon – and not just in the drug user. Entire families will often create elaborate rituals around ignoring the drug addiction and protecting the user from the consequences of their use.
We so often hear “I am not addicted and can stop at any time” but we’ve never heard “hmm, maybe intervening on this person and confronting them on their drug use and/or getting them professional help for substance addiction was not a good idea.”
Simple benchmarks to use to know if there’s a problem:
- the person continues seeking the drug after the prescription period should be over
- the person takes larger than prescribed dose
- the person sees more than one doctor (“doctor shopping”)
- the person exaggerates symptoms and pain to get more medication (“drug seeking behavior”)
There are many other symptoms and diagnostic tools that an addiction professional can help you with.
Getting Help with OxyNEO Drug Addiction
Here are some resource on getting help with OxyNEO addiction (or any type of drug/alcohol addiction):
Samhsa Substance Abuse Directory - A government website that is a very robust directory with a vast number of listings in every part of the United Dates.
National Institute on Drug Abuse – Another government website with a lot of information about drugs of abuse and how to get help.
Sober Living by the Sea Treatment Centers – An example of a good type of residential treatment center with a continuum of care that allows for long term addiction treatment with several levels to “step down” and gradually reintegrate back into a drug free life.