Commonly known as “Roxies,” Roxicodone is an instant-release opioid prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Because it takes effect almost immediately, it’s a powerful temptation for people who may already be dependent on other forms of opioids and are looking for a more instantaneous high.

A semi-synthetic opioid prescribed when pain can’t be managed by non-opioid pain relievers, this drug is made with the same active ingredient as OxyContin. It is prescribed for immediate pain relief and is classified as a Schedule II narcotic, meaning there is a high potential for abuse that can lead to physical and psychological dependence.

You already know the United States is facing an opioid epidemic. U.S. government research now indicates that 115 people die every day from opioid overdose. At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we mourn those lost lives, and we rededicate ourselves every day to turning the tide on this plague.

Roxicodone Use, Abuse and Withdrawal

Patients using these drugs as prescribed may sometimes be tempted to abuse their prescription, largely because of the euphoric high the drugs produce. Users may develop a mental dependence on these drugs, believing they cannot live a normal life without them.

There are a number of other ways opioid drugs can be abused:

  • Taking far more than the dose prescribed to you.
  • Taking them for far longer than has been prescribed.
  • Taking someone else’s prescription.
  • Taking them specifically to get high.

Many people can unknowingly develop a tolerance to and dependence upon these drugs, even when taking them as prescribed, which is why it is critical to understand the effects of opioids.

Although it can provide instant relief for extreme pain, Roxicodone should never be taken for extended periods of time or without supervision, as taking high doses frequently can lead to dependence and tolerance. As prescribed, Roxidone is taken orally, but those who abuse it may snort, inject or smoke the drug.

Effects of Roxicodone Abuse

  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Slowed breathing
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

Roxicodone abuse effects can vary from person to person depending on the dosage taken and frequency of intake. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, aches and pains, restlessness and irritability. Like other Schedule II opioids, use and/or abuse of Roxicodone can cause coma, permanent brain damage, or death.

How Elan Treats Roxicodone Addiction

Elan partners with a number of highly reputable inpatient detox facilities, as detox is often indicated in the early stages of treatment for Roxicodone addiction. Later, when your body has begun to clear the drug, the transition to outpatient treatment at Elan will be as seamless as we can make it.

At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we use a number of treatment methods to help our guests understand, manage, and emerge from addiction to Roxicodone or other opioids, as well as any co-occurring mental health conditions:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Addiction education
  • NA meetings
  • Adaptive testing software, which helps us assess your mental health daily
  • Complete evaluation by a psychiatrist
  • If indicated, psychotropic medication to rebalance the brain chemistry
  • Weekly visits with our staff psychiatrist
  • Management of medications by our advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner

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