Oxycodone is a powerful opioid painkiller. Left untreated, oxycodone addiction can ruin your life, and even be deadly. Our West Palm Beach, Florida, holistic detox center treats the whole person, helping you get off oxycodone for good while addressing the issues that led to your addiction.
Oxycodone is the generic name for a drug that comes in several brand-name forms, including Oxycontin, Roxycodone, Xtampza ER, and others. Recreational users sometimes refer to the drug as oxy or roxy.
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate. It’s derived from a chemical found in poppies, making it chemically similar to heroin. It can be safely used in the short-term to treat moderate pain, such as the pain associated with a surgery, dental work, or a muscle injury. But prolonged use slowly alters the way the body and brain respond to the drug, increasing the risk of addiction.
If you’re addicted to oxycodone, you’re not alone. The U.S. is in the grip of an opioid addiction epidemic. Opioids killed nearly 50,000 Americans in 2015 alone, and the numbers are projected to skyrocket in the next decade. Opioid prescriptions, and specifically the overprescription of opioids, are driving the addiction to Oxycodone and other opioids. Research has found that doctors write enough opioid prescriptions to medicate every American for several months.
Oxycodone works on the central nervous system as a depressant. This means that it slows the functioning of the brain and spinal cord. This has two immediate effects:
Some people are more vulnerable to oxycodone addiction than others. Risk factors include:
Addiction alters the way the brain and body respond to drugs. It’s not a choice or a moral failing. It’s a real illness that damages the brain. So there’s no need to feel ashamed of your addiction. It’s not your fault. It is treatable. And the earlier in the addiction process you treat the addiction, the more likely you are to get relief.
People in intense pain may feel like they “need” their oxycodone but not actually be addicted? So how can you tell when you’re not just a user, but an addict? Addiction begins with dependency. This occurs when your brain and body become dependent on the drug to feel normal. Many addicts also find that they don’t get the pain relief they once did. This is due to the ways oxycodone changes the brain over time. Taken together, these factors can cause an addiction to spiral out of control.
Some signs of addiction include:
Oxycodone doesn’t just affect you while you’re on it. It also changes your brain over time. Prolonged use of painkillers like oxycodone can actually make pain worse because these drugs change the way your brain responds to pain. This increased pain can then cause you to take even more oxycodone, initiating a vicious cycle that’s hard to break free from.
Addiction changes the brain such that an addict can only feel normal when he or she is under the influence. So people who abuse oxycodone feel better, more like themselves, and less hopeless when they’re high—even though the high undermines their relationships and makes them behave in ways that harm themselves.
In the short-term, quitting oxycodone is painful and difficult. Addicts fear this pain and some worry that they’ll never escape it. So they keep using, even when doing so wrecks their life.
Addiction changes the way your brain works. That’s why addicts have so much trouble envisioning their life without oxycodone, and why they make decisions that can potentially be fatal in the interest of staying on the drug.
Our revolutionary brain restoration process cuts to the root of the problem. We are the only provider in West Palm Beach currently offering this treatment protocol, which uses nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) to heal the brain. Here’s how NAD Brain Restoration Plus (NAD/BR+) can heal your addiction and save your life:
The brain depends on neurotransmitters to send signals. These brain chemicals help a signal travel from one cell to another. Without them, the signal can’t travel, or can’t travel as well. Disruptions in neurotransmitter levels are associated with mental illness such as depression and anxiety, difficulties with motivation, sleep problems, and much more.
Drug addiction alters neurotransmitter levels in the brain. There’s also some evidence that people with abnormal neurotransmitters are more vulnerable to drug addiction and other mental health conditions.
So what does this have to do with our West Palm Beach NAD/BR+? NAD is a coenzyme that helps to power reactions in each of the body’s cells. It works with the cell’s mitochondria to enable much of what the body does. Without it, the body can’t function right, and neurotransmitter levels drop.
Research suggests that people with low levels of NAD are more vulnerable to drug addiction. Drug addiction is a dysfunctional way for them to attempt to restore NAD and neurotransmitter levels. It’s a form of self-medication—a form that doesn’t work.
IV therapy with NAD during the detox process serves a number of functions:
The effects of oxycodone abuse are often minor at first, steadily escalating out of control. The diverse ways that addiction can affect people’s lives are as varied as addicts themselves. The most obvious and dramatic effect is death. With tens of thousands of people dying due to opioid addiction each year, addicts are taking their lives into their hands. It’s not just overdosing that kill, either. Addiction steadily erodes health and can increase the risk of health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature death.
Some of the long-term effects of addiction include:
Detox is the first step on the road to recovery, and without going through detox, it’s impossible to get sober. But detox is just one step toward sobriety, not the whole story. Without comprehensive treatment, oxycodone addicts often relapse—particularly if they struggle with trauma, mental illness, or chronic pain.
Addiction affects every system of the body. It affects the brain, the emotions, intellect, and physical health. So quality addiction treatment has to be holistic, addressing all aspects of addiction.
We offer comprehensive treatment based on what research says works. That includes:
Addiction teaches you to be ashamed. That voice telling you you’re unworthy, that you can’t do it, and that it’s too hard is a liar. Don’t believe the lies of addiction, and don’t live in shame. You deserve to feel better. The sooner you begin the journey, the sooner you’ll get to the other side. Let us show you how wonderful an addiction-free life can be.