Finding out that someone we love has an addiction is very hard.
Finding out they have an addiction to a drug as strong as Oxycontin can be twice as tough. The first thing you can do if you suspect Oxycontin addiction is to find out all you can about the drug. Since it is an Opiate, it is very strong and there are many things you can learn about the drug, the symptoms and the withdrawal. As hard as the temptation may be, try not to judge too harshly. Instead, suggest they get treatment. You may even offer to go with them on their first visit. Chances are, they are going to react negatively to this but try to stay positive.
Remember that Oxycontin is a prescribed medication and they most likely began taking it to combat some sort of real pain they were experiencing. Some drugs that contain OxyContin are Percocet, Percodan and Tylox, While these medications contain only small amounts, prescriptions of actual Oxycontin are sometimes as strong as 60 or 80 mg. The addict is going through a very tough time and detox isn’t going to be a pleasure either. Chances are, they already know that. Without treatment, the outlook is grim. Without nagging, continue to suggest they get treatment. If they continue to refuse, you may need to find out if intervention is possible in your area. It is legal now in most states, but not all.
When the addict does choose to get help for their addiction, remain supportive. Remember that it may take more than one round of detox and treatment for success. This happens quite often, but the addiction can be beaten. Encourage the user to stay at the treatment center as long as recommended. Too often, people leave rehab too early and relapse very shortly afterward. If the user does relapse, try not to be too discouraged. Stay positive and again encourage them to try rehab again before the addiction gets as strong as it once was.
Remember to seek help for yourself as well. It is a tough experience loving someone with an addiction. Find addiction help in your area or call for professional drug addiction counselor that already went through the process themselves. You will not only be helping yourself, you may pick up some tips for helping your loved one overcome their addiction. In order to remain strong for your loved one, you have to be able to be strong for yourself. You deserve some attention too.
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