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Oxycodone Addiction and Abuse

With over 50 million prescriptions filled by U.S. pharmacies every year, Oxycodone has become one of the most popular painkillers for those in need. Oxycodone is a strong, opiate painkiller which provides relief from the debilitating pain which is common among end-stage cancer patients, and those suffering from long-term chronic pain. Along with the rising popularity among patients in immense pain, the drug has seen a growth in substance abuse. Like most opiates, the effects become stronger and more euphoric at greater doses. This is the cause for Oxycodone addiction, and eventual dependence on the drug. In many cases, an addict will be prescribed the drug without any intent of abusing it. They will get their prescription filled, and take it according to their doctor’s orders. However, continual consumption of the drug will lead to the formation of a tolerance to it. The initial dosage of the drug will soon become much less effective, forcing patients to take more and more of the drug. Eventually, the doctor’s prescription will be far from enough for the user to get the desired effect. When an opiate dependence becomes strong enough, acquiring the drug can become the most important thing to a user. This constant search for more of the drug can drive good people to use criminal methods, stealing the drug from pharmacies, or even buying it from a drug dealer. A constant fear of returning pain, or suffering through the effects of an opiate withdrawal can lead users to an extreme dependence on the drug, refusing to live their life without it. Approximately 75 percent of those who abuse narcotics choose Oxycodone, resulting in over 150,000 visits to the emergency room every year.

As ugly as it may seem, Oxycodone is a drug which provides relief for thousands of patients who find themselves in constant chronic pain. It is not the drug itself which is to blame, but the way in which the drug is prescribed and managed thereafter. There are a few measures which can be taken in order to treat the addiction, or prevent abuse of the drug altogether. Though consumption of Oxycodone must be discontinued, it is not advised for one to quit “cold turkey.” A qualified medical professional can assist with a medical detox to rid the body of traces of the drug. Anyone who is or knows someone abusing Oxycodone needs to be fully aware of the dangers of such opiate dependence, and find help from health professionals as soon as possible.

Tramadol Addiction and Abuse

Tramadol is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults 18 years of age and older. The narcotic-like pain reliever treats both pain associated with the nerves as well as general pain. Since the medication is less dangerous than more potent pain relievers such as Lortab or even stronger medications, it is oftentimes prescribed more frequently than the alternatives. This isn't to say that Tramadol is safer, however, since it provides similar sensations as the more potent medications.

Tramadol can be habit-forming and addictive. Despite being a controlled substance, Tramadol is much easier to obtain than some other more potent pain relievers, resulting in an increasing number of addictions among individuals 18 to 35 years of age.

According to a 2013 National Survey on Drug Use, approximately 3.2 million U.S. residents have used Tramadol that wasn't prescribed to them at least once. Additionally, 54,000 emergency room visits in 2011 were due to Tramadol overdose.

A Tramadol addiction occurs when an individual is unable to live their day-to-day life without the use of the medication. Addictions destroy lives and hurt families; they're dangerous to the health; and can turn an ordinary life upside down. It is important to recognize signs of an addiction to Tramadol and seek help immediately if you or a loved one may have a problem.

Signs of Tramadol addiction include:

  • Need for increased dosage of medication to achieve same results
  • Withdrawal symptoms including upset stomach, fever, achy muscles, nausea/vomiting
  • Decreased interest in family/friends and/or activities and hobbies once enjoyed
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Panic attacks
  • Missing work or other important events
  • Needing the medication to complete day-to-day activities
  • Irritability/ nervousness
  • Doctor-shopping, buying pills on the street, or otherwise obtaining pills illegally
  • Unable to control use of medication

Tramadol Addiction Treatment

The severity of the signs of addiction vary from one person to the next. The length of time of the addiction is one factor influencing the addiction signs. It is important to carefully observe the behavior of a person using Tramadol, noting any unusual changes and getting help immediately if you suspect addiction. Speak to one of our professional treatment advisors for more information and find a treatment solution that’s right for you. We’re confidential and available 24/7.

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