Find Support for Oxycodon Addiction

Oxycodone is an opioid, a strong semi-synthetic painkiller. It is commonly administered to relieve moderate to severe pain suffered by patients following surgery or due to illness. Its use is strictly controlled. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Oxycodone is considered a Class A drug in the UK.

If you possess or consume oxycodone without a prescription, you could face a jail sentence of up to seven years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Trafficking or illegally supplying oxycodone can be punished with life imprisonment. Its use is tightly regulated because it is a dangerous and highly addictive drug.

Why is Oxycodone Addictive?

Oxycodone works by inhibiting the nervous system and stopping pain signals from travelling to the brain.

Synthetic opioids like oxycodone trigger receptors in the brain that release endorphins, the chemical compound associated with pleasure and reward. Like other opiates and opiate-based synthetics, it can induce a dreamlike feeling of euphoria. Many users of Oxycodone find this sensation enjoyable, but the body quickly builds a natural tolerance to the drug.

This means users need to take oxycodone at higher doses to achieve the same sense of pain relief or euphoria. With prolonged or heavy use, the body and mind of the user can become dependent on the substance.

Because of its pleasurable side effects, oxycodone is one of the world’s most heavily abused prescription drugs. Many people take it recreationally, and before too long, they find themselves suffering from a prescription drug addiction. However, it is also possible for patients who have been legitimately prescribed the drug to develop a dependency issue. The UK and US have a particular problem with opioid consumption. According to an observational study by The Lancet, the UK was the single largest consumer of opioids on the planet.

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Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

You may have taken oxycodone recreationally or been given a prescription to help you deal with severe pain related to an illness or injury. Either way, you may risk developing a substance abuse problem. It is important that you recognise the warning signs of oxycodone addiction. Misuse can induce digestive issues and pains, lethargy, mood swings and feelings of confusion.  Additionally, oxycodone addiction and abuse can cause low blood pressure, seizures, and severe breathing difficulties.

If you are worried that you may have developed a prescription drug problem and want to avoid serious complications like these, there are several things you should be looking out for. Below are some of the common symptoms of oxycodone addiction:

  • Significantly increased intake of oxycodone
  • An unusual change in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping at night or concentrating when awake
  • Constantly thinking ahead to your next dose of oxycodone
  • Trying to acquire multiple prescriptions of oxycodone from different doctors
  • Feeling distressed or unwell when you haven’t taken any oxycodone

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it might be time to rethink your relationship with oxycodone. Consider residential oxycodone rehab treatment today.

How Do You Treat Oxycodone Addiction?

Addictions are never easy to overcome. Opioid addictions are particularly hard because dependency sets in so quickly, and the withdrawal period is generally quite painful.

Oxycodone withdrawal can present as severe flu, with sufferers experiencing insomnia, nausea, muscle aches, fever, profuse sweating, vomiting and diarrhoea. At its best, opioid withdrawal is very uncomfortable; at its worst, it is dangerous and life-threatening. This makes it very difficult for users to quit oxycodone through home detox.

The most effective way to confront an oxycodone addiction is to receive professional treatment at a private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. Rehab centres offer a safe environment for you to get through the withdrawal stage and afterwards offer a comprehensive programme of therapies to ensure that you stay clean once the oxycodone is out of your system.

The Benefits of Private Oxycodone Rehab

The main benefit of rehab is the detox clinic. Getting through the withdrawal period is the most painful part of the recovery process. A dedicated prescription drug detox clinic offers a comfortable space for you in this difficult time, and a team of medical staff will be on hand to guide you through the worst of the symptoms and help should any acute emergencies arise.

There are many psychological aspects to oxycodone addiction and withdrawal. At oxycodone rehab, specialists are on hand to support you through the unpredictable mood swings and intense feelings of depression or anxiety that often accompany giving up oxycodone. This will be a dark and scary time in your life, but rehab can help make things lighter.

Getting oxycodone out of your system is only the first step. For lasting, full recovery, it is important that you address the psychological side of your addiction and break out of bad habits and ways of thinking. Rehabilitation treatments include therapies tailored to help you understand the mechanisms of addiction and avoid relapse in the future.

Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, art therapy and traditional counselling methods can provide you with the self-understanding and inner strength necessary to achieve oxycodone addiction recovery.

How We Can Help

At Asana Lodge, we offer high-quality, affordable and dedicated care to those suffering from prescription drug abuse, such as oxycodone addiction. Our facilities are exceptionally comfortable, providing the healthiest and safest place for you to navigate this turbulent period of your life. Our courses of treatment are highly personalised, so you can be sure that you will receive all the support and care you need to overcome your addiction issues.

We believe in helping our clients to a true, lasting recovery. This is why our commitment to care does not end when you leave the rehab centre. Most addicts who suffer a relapse in their substance abuse do so within the first twelve months of getting clean. Asana Lodge offers a year-long aftercare programme, providing weekly sessions with trusted therapists to ensure you remain on the right path.

If you are struggling with oxycodone addiction, do not hesitate. Contact our admissions team today and start your recovery or phone today on 01908 489 421.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does rehab work?

Residential rehab is one of the most effective ways to overcome your addictive disorder for the long-term. However, as mentioned earlier, you need to be committed to the process of recovery for it to have the necessary impact. Without being prepared to change how you live at the moment, then you cannot hope to benefit from any form of addition treatment. Addiction treatment is based around making positive changes to your physiology and psychology, so without being ready to change you have little hope of achieving the necessary end result.

What is a medically assisted detox?

Drug or alcohol detox is the process of slowly and safely removing the harmful toxins from your body caused by substances. Medication is administered to help ease the worst of the withdrawal symptoms you will experience when detoxing. It is a safe process and gives you a much better chance at long-term recovery, rather than going cold turkey.

How do you convince someone to go to rehab?

There is no set path to getting someone the help they need. You don’t know how people will react and it can turn into a very stressful situation. Getting educated about addiction as a disease, researching possible rehab options and looking for professional help are good ways to approach the topic. Having answers for possible reservations and being supported by a professional may put the person you are trying to convince more at ease and more amenable to the idea. The best thing you can do is to be understanding and avoid negativity.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 16 June 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.