The initial step on every journey of addiction recovery is admission to a medically assisted detoxification center. Those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for any period of time almost always undergo some degree of withdrawal upon abrupt cessation of use. More often than not, the symptoms of withdrawal will lead a person back to substance use before the detoxification process is over. This is part of the reason why entering into an inpatient OxyContin detox program is so important.

At Boca Detox we provide a comprehensive detox program; one that focuses on more than a safe, pain-free drug and alcohol withdrawal. In addition to providing around the clock medical care, we actively prepare our clients for the next appropriate stage of their personal recovery journeys. During OxyContin detox, we conduct an individualized, in-depth evaluation, which helps us determine the length of our clients stay, what kind of medical intervention is necessary, and the next step for each client once they become physically stabilized.

The Boca Detox Center Method: OxyContin Detox

At Boca Detox, we take a unique approach to morphine detoxification. Whereas state-funded facilities and hospital settings offer standardized, impersonal care, we treat each of our clients on a highly individualized basis. The Boca Detox method focuses on more than physical stabilization. We work to adequately prepare our clients to take the next appropriate step on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. While medical detox is an important initial step on the road to recovery, it must be closely followed by a higher level of care in order to be truly effective. As part of the Guardian Recovery Network family, we work closely with several of the top residential rehabs and outpatient treatment programs in the country. Once you have undergone a safe, pain-free OxyContin withdrawal and have been deemed physically stable, we will help you determine which level of care is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about OxyContin withdrawal treatment options, or to get started on your own personal journey of recovery.

What is OxyContin Addiction?

Oxycontin is the brand name for a prescription medication that contains the drug oxycodone. Oxycodone is a primary ingredient in numerous prescription painkillers, and it is very effective in treating moderate to severe pain when taken as prescribed. In many instances, Oxycontin is prescribed to be taken in conjunction with non-narcotic pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin. In most cases medical professionals will not prescribe this potent medication as a long-term solution for chronic pain, but rather, as a short-term solution for acute pain (such as pain that occurs as the result of a significant surgery or a severe accident).

When a person misuses a chemical substance, it typically means one of three things. It might mean that an illegal substance is being used in any capacity. It might also mean that a prescription medication is being used other than as prescribed, or a legal substance (like alcohol) is being used in excessive quantities. When it comes to OxyContin misuse and addiction, it usually means that a person is taking a higher dose of OxyContin than recommended, or they are using the drug without a prescription written by a licensed medical professional. If you or someone you love has been struggling with a OxyContin use disorder, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.

Signs of OxyContin Misuse & Dependence

If you believe you or someone you love has been suffering from a diagnosable OxyContin use disorder, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) outlines a list of diagnostic criteria used to identify the presence of an opioid use disorder. If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, seeking professional help from a medical detox center is likely a good idea.

  1. Do you sometimes end up using a higher dose of OxyContin than you originally intended, or do you use OxyContin more frequently than you intend to?
  2. Have you wanted to cut back on your dose or quit entirely, only to find you were unable to do so for any significant period of time?
  3. Do you spend a significant amount of time obtaining OxyContin, using OxyContin and recovering from its effects?
  4. Do you often think of using OxyContin/do you ever experience intense cravings?
  5. Has your drug use interfered with your ability to fulfill personal obligations or negatively impacted your performance at work or at school?
  6. Have you experienced interpersonal problems as a direct result of your OxyContin use?
  7. Have you given up activities which were once interesting or important to you in order to engage in OxyContin use?
  8. Have you been engaging in risk-taking activities more often than normal, like driving while under the influence of OxyContin or combining OxyContin with other substances like alcohol or opioid narcotics?
  9. Do you continue to use OxyContin despite physical or psychological health concerns directly related to the prescription medication?
  10. Have you developed a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the desired effects to be achieved?
  11. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when OxyContin use is stopped abruptly?

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of OxyContin Withdrawal?

The symptoms associated with OxyContin detox can be extremely uncomfortable, but symptoms of opioid withdrawal rarely lead to life-threatening complications. Most people who undergo OxyContin withdrawal liken the symptoms to those of a particularly bad flu or cold. If no physical or psychological complications develop, symptoms can typically be treated with a combination of over-the-counter medication and bed rest. However, OxyContin withdrawal will affect everyone differently, which is why entering into an individualized detox program is so important.

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The Physical Symptoms of OxyContin Withdrawal

The most common physical symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal include:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Stomach cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms, including watery eyes, runny nose, night sweats and chills
  • Excessive yawning
  • Restlessness/an inability to sit still

The Psychological Symptoms of OxyContin Withdrawal

The most common psychological symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depressed mood
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Intense drug cravings

Are OxyContin Withdrawals Fatal?

Generally speaking, the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal are not dangerous and can be effectively managed. However, it is always a good idea to enter into an inpatient detox program — even if your opioid use disorder was short-lived and you believe you can manage symptoms on your own. This is partially because the drug cravings that go hand in hand with OxyContin withdrawal can be so severe. In some cases, a person might attempt to detox at home and return to use in order to combat the cravings, but they might accidentally take more of the drug than their body can handle, leading to a life-threatening overdose. At Boca Detox we provide our clients with the medication they need to successfully avoid severe cravings and the structured environment they need to avoid relapse.

OxyContin Withdrawal Timelines & What to Expect

The physical and psychological symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal typically begin within the 6 to 12 hours after the final dose and resolve within a week.

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A standard OxyContin withdrawal timeline looks like this:

  • 8-24 hours after the final dose – Mild symptoms of withdrawal begin. These include general feelings of physical discomfort, restlessness, headaches, loss of appetite and drug cravings.
  • 24-48 hours after the final dose – Symptoms begin to worsen in severity. In many cases, symptoms resemble the symptoms of a bad flu or cold.
  • 72 hours after the final dose – Withdrawal symptoms begin to peak at around 3 or 4 days. These symptoms might include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, severe stomach cramping, body aches and pains, restlessness, irritability and insomnia.
  • 5-7 days after the final dose – The more severe symptoms begin to subside. Drug cravings often persist, along with some psychological symptoms like anxiety, depressed mood and/or insomnia.

What should you expect as you undergo OxyContin withdrawal in a medical detox center like Boca Detox? You can expect to be treated around the clock by a team of licensed medical professionals who have one common goal — to ensure you are as comfortable as possible over the course of your stay. Very few of the addiction services we provide are mandatory. You are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions, group workshops and 12 Step meetings if you feel up to doing so. As you undergo a safe and pain-free withdrawal in our homestyle retreat-style center, your case manager will work directly with the remainder of your treatment team in developing a personalized aftercare plan. To learn more about what to expect from the medical detox process, contact us today.

How Will Boca Detox Center Treat My OxyContin Detox Symptoms?

  • Addiction Assessment – Conducting an in-depth addiction assessment helps the medical team determine which detox services are going to be the most beneficial for each unique case while helping clients develop a thorough plan for continuing care. At Boca Detox we conduct a detailed assessment within several hours of admission, which includes family history of substance use, a physical evaluation and a psychological evaluation.
  • Medical Care – Clients have access to professional medical care 24/7. Vitals are checked regularly, and if anything seems abnormal it will be treated accordingly. Sometimes, medications prove beneficial during the detox stage of the treatment process. We help ease the pain of withdrawal by offering individuals MAT in a comfortable, homestyle setting with expert medical and clinical staff.
  • Individualized Therapy – At Boca Detox we believe in client-driven therapy, meaning that specific therapeutic goals are determined by each individual client and his or her licensed therapist in a collaborative setting. Underlying issues are resolved while the client is in treatment, however, we encourage a continuation of individual therapy once detox has concluded.
  • Psychiatric Services – At Boca Detox we offer dual diagnosis treatment services for clients who have previously been diagnosed with a mental illness and for clients who are experiencing severe psychological withdrawal symptoms. Clients have access to professional psychiatric care, and they have the option of meeting one-on-one with an on-staff psychiatrist whenever they need extra assistance.
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care – While in detox, our clients work closely with a team of professionals including an individual therapist and a case manager. This team works together to help clients craft detailed, strategic aftercare plans for the time following medical detox. Aftercare could include continuing treatment in a residential rehab, an intensive outpatient setting, taking up residence in a sober living home, continuing personal therapy work and/or active involvement in a recovery community.

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Will I Receive Detox Medications? How Will They Help?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is only utilized when deemed absolutely necessary by the medical team. Because active addiction affects everyone differently, the detox process will not look identical for any two clients. The right treatment options for you are determined upon your arrival.

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Medication Names & Descriptions

If symptoms of opioid withdrawal are particularly severe, the following medications might be prescribed:

  • Clonidine. This medication can help alleviate nausea and vomiting.
  • Buprenorphine. This medication helps alleviate the more severe symptoms of opioid withdrawal while reducing drug cravings.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. Medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen might be used to treat symptoms like headaches, low-grade fever and general feelings of physical discomfort.
  • Non-addictive sleep aids. If a client is struggling with insomnia, a safe and non-narcotic sleep aid might be prescribed.

OxyContin Addiction Recovery Statistics & Outlook

In the late 1990s, major pharmaceutical companies began prescribing opioid narcotic pain medications, ensuring medical professionals and patients they were safe to use and non-addictive. It was soon discovered that the contrary was true. By that time, however, countless individuals had developed opioid use disorders. When government officials cracked down on distribution, many turned to more accessible alternatives — illegal opioids like heroin, or painkillers which were being illegally manufactured. This series of events led to what is currently known as the nationwide opioid epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70,630 people died from an opioid overdose in 2019. 10.1 million people admitted misusing prescription painkillers at least once in the past year, and 1.6 million had a diagnosable opioid use disorder. If you have been suffering from an Oxycontin use disorder, you are not alone, and recovery is possible.

Medical detox will always be necessary to treat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. At Boca Detox we utilize numerous proven and effective detoxification methods, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and tapering. Our team of medical professionals is composed of a combination of addiction specialists, prescribing physicians, and licensed therapists and psychiatrists. We provide quality clinical care in a homestyle retreat, which was carefully designed with client comfort in mind. We understand that committing to recovery can be scary, and that the anticipation of undergoing opiate withdrawal is generally much worse than the withdrawal process itself. Rest assured that you are in good hands, and our staff members all work together to make the process pain-free and efficient.

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The symptoms associated with OxyContin withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable when left untreated. It is important to seek the care of a team of experienced medical professionals before associated symptoms peak in severity. At Boca Detox we effectively treat the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal while providing our clients with the tools they need to continue along on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. Getting started is as simple as reaching out for help. Once you make initial contact, either through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced Treatment Advisors who will answer any additional questions and walk you through our simple admissions process. We begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which helps our medical team determine which detox methods are the best fit for you. We offer a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and arrange local transportation to our Boca, Florida detox center. All you have to do is reach out for help, and we will take care of the rest.