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Find Help and Get Oxycontin Addiction Treatment Before it is Too Late
Jun 6th, 2010 by Patrick

Where can you find help and get Oxycontin addiction treatment for a struggling drug addict?  Is it possible to just quit on your own, cold turkey, or will you need help in order to get off of this medication once you are addicted to it?

Most people who get hooked on opiates such as Oxycontin or Vicodin need help in order to break from them.  This is because the pain and discomfort level during withdrawal from these medications can be quite high.  In fact, it is probably the worst withdrawal that you can have–the only worse you can get in terms of how you feel would be opiate medications that have an even longer half life, such as Methadone.

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So given that opiate withdrawal is so incredibly miserable, most addicts who are actually dependent on drugs such as Oxycontin are not going to be able to stop without some sort of help.

Where can they get help?

My number one recommendation is to get help from a drug rehab facility.  They are not a magic cure and there is no sure fire way to stay clean no matter what, but you still can not get a better start to your recovery, in most cases.  For example, some people just start attending NA meetings and they never get any professional help at all.  This can be a mistake in many cases, though it could still work for some (and surely it does).  But when you attend a drug rehab you give yourself a couple of huge advantages over someone who does not:

1) You get clean in a safe environment where it is tightly controlled, so there is no temptation to use drugs or alcohol, and you do not have to worry about being exposed to your drug of choice while you are there.

2) You get medical supervision that will help keep you more comfortable during the Oxycontin detox process.  This is huge.  Most facilities use a synthetic opiate called Suboxone that helps to relieve the withdrawal symptoms, and this medicine actually works without getting you high.  Those who have been through cold turkey withdrawal usually refer to Suboxone as a “miracle drug” because it helps so much in how they feel during detox.

3) You get support from peers who are also trying to quit using drugs and overcome addiction.  Again, this is potentially huge.  Going it alone on the outside will be really tough if you do not have any accountability or support systems to help you along.

4) Professional therapists and counselors can help you in ways that simple group therapy or 12 step meetings might miss.  For example, they may help steer you to solutions for mental illness that may be complicating your chances for recovery.

Now most people get put off at the first suggestion of rehab, probably because they assume that it is too expensive.  Anyone who does not have insurance may just be assuming that they cannot get professional help for their addiction.  This is a mistake because in most cases, people who are not insured can usually qualify for some sort of funding.  This will vary depending on where you live and what your exact situation is, so your best course of action is to get on the phone and call up a few treatment centers.

This may be a process.  Call one up and ask questions and get whatever information you can.  Ask for how you might get funded and ask if they know of any agencies who might fund you for rehab.  You may have to call a bunch of different people but if you are persistent then you can probably get the help that you need.  Good luck.

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