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Opana (generic name oxymorphone) is an opioid drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is typically prescribed when other drugs haven’t worked to relieve a person’s pain.
Oxymorphone works on the opioid receptors in the brain and dulls the feeling of pain. Like other opioids, oxymorphone can be very addictive—especially when misused or intentionally abused.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Opana addiction, the right addiction treatment program can help you get your life back. RECO Intensive offers inpatient and outpatient programs in a warm, welcoming environment. Read on to learn more about oxymorphone addiction and treatment options.
Opana doesn’t create the same level of euphoria as other opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin. Yet the signs and symptoms of oxymorphone abuse are like that of other opioids. They can include:
Even when a person takes Opana as prescribed it’s possible to develop a tolerance. Tolerance means a person needs more of the drug to achieve the same pain-relieving or euphoric effects. Taking more Opana than prescribed increases a person’s risk of becoming physically dependent or addicted. Dependence is when a person relies on a drug to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Addiction is a mental craving for the drug.
Oxymorphone is in a class of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants. These drugs slow heart rate, cause changes in blood pressure, and cause shallow breathing. Taking too much can be fatal. Symptoms of overdose include:
Mixing oxymorphone with other depressants, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Xanax, Valium), is common. Mixing drugs is particularly dangerous and is a leading cause of overdose.
Taking more Opana than prescribed is considered misuse. Intentionally using Opana for its euphoric effects is considered abuse. Opana may be abused orally or crushed, snorted, or mixed with water and injected intravenously.
Oxymorphone addiction can escalate to the point where it affects every aspect of a person’s life, from finances to personal and professional relationships.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to oxymorphone, the right treatment program can make all the difference.
For most people, the first step is medically supervised detox. Opana withdrawals can be intense and potentially dangerous. This is why it’s so important to seek help from a licensed treatment provider with trained clinical staff. The oxymorphone detox team at RECO Intensive provides round-the-clock care in a safe, monitored environment. We do everything possible to keep clients comfortable during the detoxification process. This may include administering medications to ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, as needed.
The world-class team at RECO Intensive includes medical doctors, primary and specialty therapists, behavioral health technicians, a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, art therapist, equine specialists, and others who work together to provide clients with exceptional care. Our well-appointed treatment center is located in beautiful Delray Beach, Florida, an ideal setting for recovery.
Contact us today to learn more about our Opana rehab program and to schedule a tour of our Opana addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, FL. Help is just a phone call away.
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