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Roxycodone (correct spelling Roxicodone), is a brand-name form of oxycodone, a powerful prescription opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Known as “Roxy” to recreational users, the drug works by dulling a person’s perception of pain. It may be prescribed in liquid form as well as prescription pills. However, those who abuse the drugs may become dependent on them, which can lead to Roxicodone addiction.
Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is extremely common, to the extent that even twenty percent of high school seniors have abused pain pills or other drugs. But because opioid pain pills are significantly more addictive than many other drugs, a potential addiction can develop very quickly.
As with other prescription opioids, many people who start out taking Roxycodone as prescribed later become addicted. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse. Between 8 and 12 percent of people will develop an opioid use disorder.
One of the reasons that this occurs is that, over time, people who use Roxy can develop a tolerance to the drug unless they carefully measure and limit their consumption to what is strictly necessary to treat their pain. Because of this tolerance, they must take more and more of the opioid analgesic to get the same effect, which can easily escalate to Roxicodone abuse.
As physical dependence develops, eventually a person needs to use the drug just to feel normal, and they may feel an overwhelming urge to keep using it, even despite negative consequences. The end result of this process is a medical condition known as substance use disorder or Roxicodone addiction.
Though people struggling with Roxicodone addiction may receive reoccurring messages that they have a problem, they may continue taking Roxicodone even as friends and family members beg them to get help or as their professional life begins to fall apart. Stopping this cycle of substance abuse may require the help of American addiction centers.
Even people who take Roxicodone as prescribed can experience negative side effects, but people who engage in substance abuse with the drugs are at higher risk of serious side effects. Possible side effects can include:
Some people can also experience unusual tiredness, seizures, chest pain, rashes, and swelling of the tongue lips, face, legs, ankles, and feet. In rare cases, inactive ingredients can cause allergic reactions, which is among the root causes of these rarer adverse effects.
Abusing Roxy creates serious health risks. Users can develop a weakened immune system, collapsed veins, or clogged blood vessels (for those who inject it), and they’re at risk of choking or coma since Roxy causes drowsiness and shallow breathing. Injecting the drugs also introduces the risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV.
Abusing Roxy can also cause chronic constipation, swollen arms and legs, dry mouth, anxiety problems, and sinus issues (for those who snort the drug). Men may experience a drop in testosterone and prostate enlargement, which can make it hard to control urination. Over time, Roxicodone addiction can also cause paralytic ileus, an inability of the intestines to contract, which can lead to potentially fatal conditions like bowel obstruction.
As with other opioids, the greatest danger of Roxicodone abuse is the danger of drug overdose, especially if drug interactions are also involved which can cause the drugs to have a stronger effect. Because prescription opioid abuse suppresses the activity of the central nervous system, the drug can result in respiratory depression, which in turn can cause slow, shallow breathing. If trouble breathing becomes extreme, respiratory arrest may occur due to a lack of oxygen getting delivered to vital organs due to these breathing problems.
A person who has overdosed on Roxicodone may experience extreme drowsiness to the extent that you have difficulty waking them. They may also show cold clammy skin that can begin to turn blue due to oxygen deprivation.
If you observe someone showing any of these symptoms, you should notify healthcare professionals immediately. While waiting for help, you may attempt to reverse the drug overdose yourself by administering the drug naloxone, an opioid antagonist that can reverse the effects of Roxicodone abuse, or beginning CPR and mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.
When someone with a Roxy addiction stops taking the drug, they will experience withdrawal symptoms, which can include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea, tremors, muscle aches, and insomnia.
Roxy withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, which is why so many people have such a hard time quitting. Many long-term users will need help from a professional treatment provider to quit and stay sober.
In a clinical setting like a rehab center, a clinical professional may be able to provide medical help that will lessen the serious side effects that most patients experience when Roxicodone or other opiates are abruptly discontinued. For instance, they may be able to provide physically dependent patients with other medications that can make the pain of withdrawal symptoms less unbearable.
As with any drug addiction, recovery from Roxicodone addiction will likely not come easily. The recovery process should likely begin with time in a qualified rehab center. This kind of immersive addiction treatment will break the cycle of drug abuse and give patients a chance to confront the underlying issues that drove their addiction and build new healthier habits.
RECO Intensive provides world-class addiction treatment for people struggling with Roxy addiction. Our treatment center in Delray Beach, Florida is the ideal center for healing and recovery.
RECO’s team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, yoga instructors, equine specialists, and others who work together to create a personalized treatment plan for each client. This treatment plan will incorporate individual behavioral therapy, a variety of group therapy options, family therapy, and various other forms of holistic treatment.
Most of our clients start with Roxy detox and then move into residential treatment or an outpatient treatment program at our Delray Beach recovery center. They may also choose to reside in a sober living home during their outpatient treatment process.
Roxycodone recovery is possible with the right treatment. Contact us to learn more about our Roxicodone rehab programs and schedule a tour of our Delray Beach treatment facility. We are accredited by the National Institute of Health and many other reputable organizations, and we can’t wait to help you or your loved one get back on the road to a brighter future.
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