Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Oxycontin Treatment Rising
One of the most addictive drugs prescribed by doctors today is Oxycontin. It is the number one painkiller and should be given with a great deal of caution to patients who are in severe pain. Physicians should always take time to instruct the patient to discard any left over drugs when pain is gone. The doctor who prescribes oxycontin should be aware of any predisposition to addiction involving his patient, and prescribe something else less addictive if that's the case. Any use of the drug other than that prescribed by the physician is strictly illegal. Addicts will go to great lengths to obtain the drug and Oxycontin is as addictive and dangerous as heroin. Parents should make their children aware that they should not take any drug unless the doctor prescribes it specifically for them. It should always be kept away from children and certainly not passed to anyone else for their use for pain, not even a family member. It must only be used by the prescription holder under the strictest of orders form their doctor. In spite of the fact that it is prescribed by the doctor, it should not be assumed that it is safer than the drugs out on the street because it is acquired with a prescription. It must be used according to the strictest instructions by the physician.
One of the tell-tale signs of abuse of oxycontin or any controlled substance is what some addicts will resort to, one of which is known as doctor shopping. Their need becomes so great that addicts will make appointments to see multiple doctors, knowing the symptoms and showing signs of pain to get the drug prescribed. Also, improper prescribing practices by the physician will permit the addict to acquire larger doses while faking their pain. Addicts will also use the internet to get the rug. Proper pain management seldom results in addiction.
According to the DEA the need for Oxycontin addiction treatment and rehabilitation has doubled in the last 6 years. Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs, which is more than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants combined. If you are one of those in need of addiction treatment for Oxycontin or any other drug, give us a call at Above It All Treatment Center and we will start you on the road to recovery.