OxyContin is a powerful prescription medication that is primarily used to treat mild to severe pain. Oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, is a semi-synthetic opioid with effects that, in addition to suppressing pain, can also induce a sense of serene euphoria. The prevalence and power of OxyContin combine to make this medication an enticing substance for both illicit self-medication and recreational purposes.
Whatever reasons lead a person to engage in OxyContin abuse, the drug is highly addictive, and dependence can occur with stunning rapidity. When a person has become addicted to OxyContin, it can be extremely difficult to overcome the compulsion to use the drug without effective professional intervention.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand how OxyContin abuse can impact a person’s mind, body, and spirit. More importantly, we know how to treat the symptoms of OxyContin dependence as well as the underlying disorders or conditions that may have led to or been exacerbated by the OxyContin abuse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone in your life is struggling with a problem related to OxyContin, the following are a few simple yet significant steps that you can take in order to get your loved one the help that he or she needs:
- Educate yourself about OxyContin and the disease of addiction. The more you understand, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful assistance to your loved one.
- Research treatment options. Learn about the types of treatment that have proven to be effective for others who were experiencing a similar problem
- Be present in your loved one’s life. Accompany him or her to doctors’ appointments or visits to treatment programs. Help make whatever arrangements are necessary to get him or her into treatment.
- Be part of your loved one’s support network. Treatment is just the first step in the long journey of recovery, and your loved one will need a strong support network once treatment has ended. Plan to continue playing an active, supportive role in his or her life over the long term.
Most importantly, understand that your loved one is struggling with a very real disorder that will require long-term effort to overcome. He or she will experience setbacks, frustrations, and perhaps even relapses, but your active presence can make a real and lasting difference.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Untreated chronic abuse of OxyContin can have a significant negative impact on a person’s physical, psychological, and socioeconomic wellbeing. Physically, the continued abuse of OxyContin will put an individual at increased risk for developing respiratory problems, insomnia, hypotension, liver damage, kidney damage, increased pain, and decreased sex drive. Cognitively and emotionally, OxyContin abuse may lead to memory problems, mood swings, paranoia, psychosis, and depression. A person whose mind and body have been weakened by continued OxyContin abuse is likely to have difficulty meeting his or her responsibilities, including attending school, performing satisfactorily at work, maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, paying bills, and otherwise participating in everyday life. Problems in these areas can lead to stress-related physical and emotional damage, job loss, legal problems, financial problems, family discord, and an overwhelming sense of helplessness and hopelessness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For more than 30 years, Twelve Oaks Recovery Center has been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, including OxyContin. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their substance abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, treatment at our center incorporates the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances such as OxyContin in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM-certified addictionologist, and patients are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when they are deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to OxyContin, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their OxyContin addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to OxyContin, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from OxyContin addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to OxyContin, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.