How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted to Oxycodone?

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Oxycodone has been used medically for pain management in the U.S. since 1996. However, the characteristics that make this powerful opioid so effective in relieving chronic and acute pain also place patients and those who use it for recreational purposes at high risk for addiction and dependence.

The amount of time it takes for someone to become addicted to oxycodone and other opioids can vary depending on the individual. Generally, individuals who take oxycodone long-term and in higher doses may be at greater risk of becoming addicted more quickly compared with those who only use the drug occasionally or sporadically.

Some people may develop a physical dependence on opioids in just three to five days. The mental attachment to the drug can take longer, but it is still possible to develop an addiction, even with short-term use.

Ultimately, there is no way to predict how quickly someone will become addicted to oxycodone or develop opioid use disorder. If you feel you have developed a tolerance or dependency on the drug or any other, find you cannot control your use of oxycodone, or stop using even after trying, it is vital to seek qualified help like that offered at Guardian Recovery. We will work with you to develop an individualized and effective program to help you recover from addiction and get you started on the road to long-term recovery. We believe in the benefits of a full curriculum of clinical care, beginning with medical detoxification, transitioning into a higher level of treatment, and concluding with personalized aftercare planning. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options in your area.

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What Are the Health Risks Associated With Opioids

The health risks associated with opioids can vary depending on the individual and how the drug is used. Some of the most common risks include impaired judgment, slowed reaction time, slowed breathing, overdose, addiction, and death. Additionally, long-term use of opioids can lead to more severe complications such as organ damage, weakened immune system, and depression

You may also experience

  • Dental problems.
  • Mood swings.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Tolerance that requires higher doses to get the desired effect.
  • Heart problems like arrhythmia, heart attack, and stroke.

Is There a Correlation Between Potency of an Opioid & Addiction Potential?

Generally, more potent opioids such as oxycodone have a greater risk for addiction than weaker ones such as codeine. This is because they are more likely to cause physical dependence after only a few weeks of use, leading to addiction. It is important to note that even if someone takes opioids responsibly, they can still become addicted. That is why it is essential to take prescribed opioids only as directed by a qualified physician and report any symptoms of dependence immediately.

Can Prescription Opioids Cause Addiction at Prescribed & Recommended Dosages?

While addiction is less likely to occur at prescribed and recommended dosages, it is still possible. Some people may be more susceptible to developing an addiction than others, and the potential for addiction increases when opioids are taken over long periods of time or in higher doses.

It is important to discuss any concerns about addiction with your healthcare provider. If you find that you are unable to control your use or have difficulty stopping even after trying, this is a sign of addiction and should be addressed as soon as possible. Professional help can be the first step toward recovery from opioid addiction.

Can Dependence Begin at First Use?

It is possible for physical dependence to begin at first use, although it may take longer for someone to develop a mental attachment to the drug and addiction. Additionally, some people may be more susceptible to developing an addiction than others due to a variety of factors, including genetics and environmental influences.

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How Does Oxycodone Addiction Begin So Quickly in the Brain & Body?

It is not known why some people develop a dependence on opioids, and others don’t. Some people may be more susceptible to developing an addiction than others due to a variety of factors, including genetics and environmental influences.

Oxycodone and other opioids bind to opioid receptors in the brain, triggering a release of neurotransmitters that cause intense feelings of pleasure or euphoria. That euphoric feeling can be a warning sign that you are susceptible to opioid addiction. With continued misuse, that pleasant feeling may diminish, prompting you to increase the amount of drugs you take to “chase the high” and prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Stages of Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone addiction usually follows a similar pattern of progression, beginning with initial use and leading to physical dependence and eventually an uncontrollable need for the drug. The stages of oxycodone addiction include:

  • Experimentation.
  • Regular use.
  • Tolerance/dependence.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug.
  • Uncontrolled use.

How Do You Know You Are Dependent or Addicted to Oxycodone?

It is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction. If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or someone else, seek professional help right away. Professional help can be the first step toward recovery from opioid addiction.

Signs of Oxycodone Abuse & Dependence

  • A strong craving for the drug.
  • Difficulty controlling use.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug.
  • Changes in behavior or mood.
  • Drug-seeking or obsession with obtaining more of the substance.
  • Weight loss.
  • Lowered concern for personal hygiene.
  • Increased risk-taking.
  • Impaired mental and physical abilities.
  • Inability to function in society.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea.

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Oxycodone is commonly used to treat chronic and acute pain, but the characteristics that make it so effective in easing discomfort also make it easy to become dependent on it. It is an opioid that binds to receptors in your brain, blocking pain sensation and sometimes causing a sense of euphoria, making it popular with illicit drug users. No matter the substance, the best way to overcome addiction is with the help of experienced, trusted professionals like those at Guardian Recovery. We provide comprehensive treatment, including medically-assisted detox, therapy, specialty programs, and reintegration support. Our caring and skilled administrative, medical, and clinical teams will guide you through every step of your recovery process from the first time you call. We provide a complimentary assessment and a free insurance benefits check and help coordinate local travel to our facility. All you have to do is ask; we will take care of the rest. Contact us today.

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  2. https://www.arlingtonva.us/Government/Programs/Health/Arlington-Addiction-Recovery-Initiative/What-are-Opioids
  3. https://adf.org.au/drug-facts/oxycodone/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9440989/

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