Roxycodone (often referred to as “roxies”) is a prescription opioid with the active ingredient oxycodone. Doctors commonly prescribe this medication to treat moderate-severe pain, breakthrough pain, or before surgery. Like other opioids, Roxycodone has a high potential for addiction when taken for a prolonged period.
Over time, the use or abuse of Roxycodone can cause the development of tolerance. Tolerance is a condition resulting from the body’s ability to decrease the effects of certain substances after repeated exposure. This effect can compel many to increase the amount or frequency of their dosage due to the diminished response.
Dependence, another potential consequence of addiction, is a condition that occurs as the brain has become accustomed to the continued presence of a substance. If the person then tries to quit using, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms will manifest as a result.
Symptoms Associated with Roxycodone
Many symptoms can manifest in association with opioid abuse. If you identify these symptoms in yourself or a loved one who is using Roxies, addiction may have developed, and professional treatment should be sought:
- Loss of motivation
- Profound sedation and stupor
- Slowed or labored breathing
In addition to physical signs, addiction leads to behavioral changes that become increasingly pronounced. Those who are opioid-dependent often engage in “doctor shopping,” which is the practice of visiting several health providers or pharmacies in an attempt to obtain multiple prescriptions. Individuals experiencing addiction may also deceive physicians regarding pain-related symptoms that are exaggerated in terms of their severity.
These individuals may also ask friends or family members for access to unused medications or manipulate them into lying to doctors to obtain new prescriptions for their personal use. If these efforts are unsuccessful, addicts may purchase drugs from dealers, off the Internet, or steal them.
Oxycodone addiction can have devastating effects on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Even when used precisely as directed, side effects associated with this medication may include sweating, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and more.
Roxycodone can cause profound central nervous system (CNS) depression and overdose when abused or combined with other drugs or alcohol. Issues with breathing and severe drowsiness characterize this condition. Concurrent use of additional CNS depressants, such as benzodiazepines or alcohol, can be hazardous because their effects augment those of oxycodone-based drugs.
The following are characteristic signs of an overdose, which, in many instances, can be lethal:
- Cold or clammy skin
- Paleness or pallor
- Bluish lips/fingertips (cyanosis)
- Slow, irregular, or absent pulse
- Loss of consciousness
- Respiratory depression
- Choking or gurgling sounds
Other Consequences of Substance Abuse
As with any addiction, a person’s values, priorities, and inhibitions may be adversely altered as they grow increasingly obsessed with obtaining and using the drug.
Common problems experienced by those addicted to drugs or alcohol include the following:
- Arrest and incarceration
- Neglect of children or other family members, household duties, and other vital responsibilities
- Aggressive behavior and domestic violence
- Damaged and broken relationships and isolations from family and friends
- Lack of interest in activities once deemed meaningful or enjoyable
- Intense drug cravings
- Drug-seeking behavior
- Use of drugs when the circumstances are not appropriate or hazardous, such as driving
A person’s life can become extremely volatile and overwhelmed by adverse effects. As their drug of choice becomes a priority in life, the person will begin to neglect family, work, or school obligations in favor of drug use.
Individuals suffering from active addiction often lose their job and find it challenging to maintain steady employment, experience financial difficulties, and fail to attend to their appearance and personal hygiene.
Seeking Professional Treatment
Admitting that one has a substance abuse problem is the first step to finding the help needed to surmount it. Few individuals can end addictive behavior to narcotics without professional treatment and support from various sources. The safest and most effective means of controlling an opioid addiction is to enroll in a long-term treatment program in a specialized, licensed facility.
Just Believe Recovery Center employs highly-trained addiction professionals who equip those we treat with the tools, education, support, and resources they need to succeed at long-lasting sobriety. We offer comprehensive, evidence-based services clinically proven to be beneficial to the recovery process, including behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and more.