Treatment For Oxycontin In California


OxyContin is the brand name of oxycodone, a prescription painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. However, the drug is also highly addictive, causing people both with and without a prescription for the drug to abuse it. Sold in pill form, OxyContin is often crushed and snorted or injected by addicts.

Sovereign Health provides treatment for individuals addicted to OxyContin. Our four California treatment centers – San Clemente, Palm Desert, Los Angeles and Rancho San Diego (adolescent program) – have programs specifically designed to treat the ravages of opioid addiction.

The opioid epidemic

The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes there were nearly 20,000 deaths from prescription opioid pain relievers in 2014, which accounts for nearly half of all drug overdose fatalities in the United States. After Viagra, OxyContin is the highest-selling pharmaceutical.

OxyContin is not the only prescription opioid wreaking havoc in the U.S. Others include hydrocodone (Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER), hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin), fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora), the hydromorphones (Dilaudid, Exalgo) and meperidine (Demerol). According to the CDC, methadone (Dolophine, Methadose) leads all others in deaths due to prescription drugs.

What distinguishes OxyContin – also called Oxy – is the availability. Even with prices per pill ranging between $40 and $80, there is still a large supply on the streets for those who can afford it.

In 2007, the manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, paid over $630 million to settle a criminal suit accusing them of misleading the public about the drug’s addictive properties. In 2010, Purdue issued a tamper-resistant iteration of the drug. The new formula does not crush or render as easily into a snortable or soluble substance.

The signs of Oxy addiction

Signs of addiction to OxyContin fall into two categories. The first is physical. Signs in this category include

  • Drowsiness or nodding off
  • Euphoria
  • Lightheaded
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Profuse sweating
  • Dry mouth

The second category is behavior. Individuals addicted to Oxy tend to steal, lie, lose contact with friends and family, and have difficulty upholding their social, financial and professional responsibilities.

Treatment for Oxy addiction

Sovereign Health offers an effective OxyContin addiction treatment program. First, we conduct a rigorous physical and mental assessment of each patient during the intake process. Based on the results of this assessment, our clinicians create a treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the patient. This assessment will also uncover underlying conditions, such as a mental health issues, that fuel the user’s addiction.

Once we establish an accurate picture of the patient’s mental and physical health, we implement therapies and treatments that best address the patient’s condition. Our Sovereign Health of California facilities use evidence-based practices to treat OxyContin addiction. Available therapies vary by location, but can include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Process group therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Anger and stress management
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Art, equine and music therapy (Rock to Recovery)
  • Meditation and yoga

Why choose Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health’s is a leader in the treatment of mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our Joint Commission-accredited facilities are staffed by clinicians, counselors, case managers and house managers who work as a team to ensure our patients receive the best behavioral care treatment in the country. Please contact our 24/7 helpline for more information about our programs and our treatment centers.

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