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Oxycodone Addiction - Oxycontin

The Difference Between OxyContin and Oxycodone

They sound the same. Indeed the are nearly the same. However, there are a couple of differences that are easy enough to identify. This will keep you informed when making decisions in a doctor’s office. Or it can give you insight on what you or a loved one have already been prescribed. But one thing is important to remember, both oxycodone and OxyContin are part of the opioid family of painkillers. As such, they are both addictive and should only be used in accordance to a doctor’s instructions.

Let’s Start With Oxycodone 

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from opium. Drug manufacturers use a naturally-occurring substance in opium called thebaine to make oxycodone. Thebaine is readily converted to oxycodone through a series of chemical reactions. Oxycodone can also be prepared from codeine, but the process is far more complicated. 

Oxycodone is prescribed to relieve pain. It’s highly effective, but it’s also highly addictive. A good portion of the time, people who take it as prescribed, especially for short periods of time, do not become addicted. And it can be used to successfully manage many types of pain.

However, it’s also true that up to one-quarter of patients taking prescribed oxycodone over a longer period of time will become addicted to the medication. Once addicted and an opioid use disorder is diagnosed, oxycodone (or any other opioid) will become the highest priority in their lives.

Oxycodone causes euphoria in some individuals. These are the same people most at risk for addiction because they may seek out the euphoric effect over and over, rather than limiting its use to pain management. 

Oxycodone and OxyContin

OxyContin, sometimes colloquially and incorrectly spelled as Oxycottin, is the brand name for a certain type of oxycodone.

What’s the difference?

  • Oxycodone: Immediate release, lasts 4-6 hours. An opiate.
  • OxyContin: Brand name. Time lapse release, lasts up to 12 hours. Contains oxycodone.

Oxycodone normally lasts anywhere from four to six hours, at the most, depending upon individual response. Oxycodone, like most opioids, isn’t particularly long-lasting. 

OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue, is a long-acting form of oxycodone. That’s the only difference. OxyContin is formulated to last up to 12 hours on a single dose. It doesn’t actually last 12 hours for many people, but it certainly lasts a lot longer than the immediate-release forms do. 

In 2012, Purdue changed its OxyContin formulation to make it tamper-proof. The current formula contains a special type of polymer that turns into a gel resembling egg white when it comes into contact with water. It’s virtually impossible to crush the tablet. 

However, the drug is still highly abusable even when taken by mouth as intended.

Are You Addicted to Oxycodone or OxyContin? 

If you or a loved one are in the situation where the drugs you were prescribed have taken over your life, there is good chance an addiction is at play. The effects of opioid addiction are devastating and the possibility of overdose is frightening. If you believe you might be addicted (or know someone who is), please call us today. Recovery is possible, but you need help from a qualified recovery treatment center starting with a high-quality oxycodone detox.

To talk to one of our addiction specialists today and get the answers you need, call us now: 888-590-0777.

Unique Detox Program - DCAP

DCAP: A Unique Approach to Detox From SoCal Detox

Detox is sometimes misunderstood as the full extent of addiction treatment. While it is the most important first step to take, it is only a piece of the overall drug or alcohol addiction treatment program.

With this in mind, there are a few important aspects of a high-quality detox that will influence the effectiveness of a program. Not only are quick access, a location of healing, an experienced staff, a variety of treatment modalities, and a qualified use of medications all of vital importance, the most effective detox treatment will understand that substance use disorders are highly complex.

The biopsychosocial model is a good basis to form an accurate understanding of addiction. This approach to health, illnesses, and other disorders takes into account the biology, psychology, and social aspects of a person. And these all crucially inform the direction and adoption of treatment.

Individualized Detox in Orange County, California

When addressing drug and alcohol use disorders and addictions, genetics, brain chemistry, and environment all play a part. As you can imagine, each person has a completely unique combination of all three of these.

DCAP is a unique program at SoCal detox developed specifically to create a procedure that accurately and comprehensively individualizes a detox plan built on solid assessment and offers each client the best possible foundation from which to build their lasting recovery.

DCAP Means:

Detoxification Clinical Assessment and Preparation

DCAP: 3 Phases

Phase 1: Detox

The professional clinical detox programs at SoCal are coupled with evidenced-based assessments—AUDIT test, NIDA drug screening tool, and a nutrition and sleep assessment—and practices to create an individualized treatment for each client. This detox is designed to successfully transition clients into the next stage of DCAP with physical and mental strength and the confidence to take the first step in building their lives again.

Phase 2: Clinical Assessment

The assessment phase of DCAP is unique. This phase includes the Beck Depression Inventory, Burns Anxiety Inventory, a trauma history, and the Adverse Childhood Experience questionnaire. The team at SoCal takes a thorough look at the client’s life, relationships, and daily functioning then assess for motivation, readiness, emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, healthy support system, and any major barriers to treatment.

Phase 3: Preparation

The preparation phase includes finalizing all the aspects of the next level of care. During their stay, clients join psycho-educational groups like DBT, CBT, anger management, communication, and emotional intelligence. As well they take part in groups focused solely on recovery, such as relapse prevention, recovery principles, refusal skills, and practical sobriety tools. Experiential groups like meditation, mindfulness, expressive art therapy, yoga, music therapy, life skills, and cooking classes are also offered.

DCAP Is a Unique Detox Program at SoCal Detox in San Clemente, California

SoCal Detox offers high-quality detox, administers by an experienced staff, that is specifically designed to help each individual move from their first decision moment to full recovery treatment with the best possible outcome tailored to each client through series of assessments and planning.

If you or your loved one is looking for the best launching ground for lasting recovery in Orange County, CA, call us at SoCal Detox today. Our addiction specialists are ready to answer any question and get you all the information you need to take part in this unique and powerful treatment, today.

Call now: 888-590-0777.

addiction help for my spouse

Signs Your Spouse May Have an Addiction

Having a suspicious mind is not a way to live in a loving relationship. Believing the worst about your wife or husband, constantly questioning, worried, or wondering. That said, a person with a drug or alcohol use disorder is likely to want to keep their dependence a secret. Often even from themselves. The stigma, along with the brain’s powerful drive and the body’s physical need all combine to make finding and using their substance the highest priority in their life. And keeping it a secret from their family is one of the ways to ensure that they can continue using.

With that in mind, the lengths a person with an addiction will go to hide their use are extreme. So even when it comes to someone you live with and are close to, you may have to do a bit of detective work and see if there are any of the telltale signs of addiction.

Know the Addiction Warning Signs (here are 10 of them)

Not all of these will be present in your spouse, but they are common signs. And most likely a few of these will be in play if your husband or wife is currently dealing with a substance use disorder.

1. Irritable Behavior

This especially comes up when a person with a substance use disorder is confronted. However, you may notice that there is a general anger or strong irritation when the day’s chosen activity does not include alcohol or their drug of choice.

2. Problems With Sleep

The body is deeply affected by the amount of sleep we get. Just about every addictive substance alters a person’s sleep patterns. Even alcohol. Though it might make a person feel sleepy, it often keeps them from finding deep sleep, making them more tired throughout the day.

3. Loss of Appetite or Weight

Many drug users simply lose sight of eating, so they tend to go long stretches without eating. As crazy as it sounds, the fix from drugs or alcohol takes precedence. As well, stimulants (cocaine or meth) will increase metabolism and suppress an appetite.

4. Missing Money

Addiction is expensive. And it’s a disease that people often try to hide. It’s a painful secret. If your spouse has an addiction, chunks of cash will go missing. As well, personal items around the house might simply disappear to be sold on craigslist or an app on the phone.

5. Neglect of Personal Hygiene

Similar to the weight issue, addiction changes a person’s priorities. This could result in dirty possessions, cluttered living, and lack of care for their own body.

6. Nose Issues

Many types of drugs are inhaled through the nose (also called snorting). This can cause excessive sniffing and sneezing, and because the layer of skin on the inside of the nose is so thin, it could even produce frequent bloody noses.

7. Eye Problems

With addiction, a person’s pupils are often either enlarged or constricted. Methamphetamine or cocaine will enlarge the pupil while heroin and other opiates will constrict the pupils. Yellowing can occur in the eyes because of liver dysfunction. And redness will occur from broken blood vessels.

8. Secrecy

When your spouse becomes more secretive about where they are going or where they have been, this could be an indication there is a problem. They also become secretive about calls and texts. Along with this, new friends might be appearing and taking more of your spouse’s time.

9. Loss of Motivation

this can be seen in a poor or declining job performance, as well there will be a loss of interest in hobbies and recreational activities. Once again, obtaining the substance is what drives most of their actions.

10. Other Obvious Sings …

Track marks on their body (these are the small dots left from needle use), smells of alcohol or other substances, or the presence of drug paraphernalia are all clear signs of possible addiction.

Addiction Help for Your Spouse in Orange County, California

If your spouse is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they have a disease that rewires their brain and influences their behaviors in ways that makes them feel like a different person. What they need now is help. Accusations and shame will likely only push them further away from you, and into their created prison.

If you are in this situation, please call us today. Our specialists are available to help you understand the best steps to take.

SoCal Detox in San Clemente, California, has an experienced team ready to help your spouse take the first step in lasting recovery.

Call now, 888-590-0777.