Oxycodone is synthetic codeine used mainly in painkillers such as Percodan and Oxycontin in the United States. It acts as a pain and anxiety suppressant, and in sufficiently high doses, causes euphoria. Oxycodone recovery is a potentially arduous demand for full time addicts of the drug.
Addicts use it for all the above reasons, though it is a prescription drug and requires a doctor’s approval to be purchased. However, even recognizing and acknowledging the addiction and need of treatment is difficult, since addicts conceal and rationalize while friends and family fear being intrusive. The addiction is a chronic ailment with no lasting or inexpensive cure. Recovery is precarious, and relapse is a constant danger.
Oxycodone recovery occurs in three main stages:
- Withdrawal: The first stage of recovery begins with the addict’s realization of his/her dependence on the drug, and the decision to undergo rehab. However, the earliest stage is one of the toughest, since it involves adjusting the body to the absence of the drug, which causes severe withdrawal symptoms including agitation, anxiety, insomnia, tremors, muscle aches, hot and cold flashes, sometimes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The addict may be prescribed non-addictive medications to reduce these withdrawal symptoms but a lot depends on the person’s willpower too. Another way of undergoing this stage is by using prescribed substitute drugs, which create the illusion of the real drug, thus reducing withdrawal symptoms and steadily reducing dosage over a fixed period until finally shunning it altogether. However, this process is comparatively longer.
- The Pink Cloud Phase: After successfully passing the first phase to the point where the person no longer constantly craves the drug, the ‘pink cloud phase’ or ‘happy phase’ begins where he/she feels contented and begins to believe that the recovery is complete. But soon the effervescence disappears and the person usually suffers an emotional crash with the painful realization that the hard part is yet to come, as the familiar cravings begin to return and he/she finds it harder and harder each day to prevent oneself from giving in to the cravings.
- The Tightrope Walk: This is the final as well as the longest stage of recovery, and it perpetually tests the willpower of the victim. At this stage, it is of utmost importance to have family and friends’ constant support, and to live in a positive atmosphere. It is also extremely necessary for the victim to find interesting hobbies and other work to keep his/her mind occupied, and surround oneself with people who care and are vigilant, and are capable of convincing the victim against giving in, to prevent the latter from going into relapse.