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How to Overcome an Oxycontin Addiction

Learn how to overcome oxycontin addiction from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.


Oxycontin is a medically prescribed painkiller. It falls into the category of an opiate which is used to control pain in peoples lives. People get addicted to it because in addition to stopping pain, it also creates this incredible sense of euphoria. One of the things that's really important to be aware of. if you are going to try to stop taking it is that you could be physically dependent on the drug. And that your body is very used to the drug, and that if you stop using it, you could go through withdrawal.

So it's critically important for you to get outside help in managing your Oxycontin addiction. You want to talk to your doctor and tell them you have been taking this for the amount of time that you have been taking it, and in the quantities that you're taking it. Make sure that you're very honest with your doctor, because they cannot give you the proper care unless you are completely honest about your use.

Also recognize that you cannot stop cold turkey because you could go through withdrawal symptoms that would have a negative impact on your health. So, the first thing is to admit to someone, a medical professional, that you have a problem with the drug. Once you talk to them about it, they'll come up with a course of detoxing for you, and then find you a program that you need in order not just to stop using, but in order to find sustained recovery in your life. Typically the most successful programs to deal with addiction are 12 step programs where people plug into a community of other people who are also recovering from addiction, and can find healing and hope and embrace the lives that they were intended to live before they became addicted to these drugs.

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