Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone Addiction


Oxycodone is a synthetic drug that is used in prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin. It is a fairly addictive opiate drug and just about anyone who gets put on this medication has the potential to become addicted to it.

Oxycodone addiction and chronic pain

The situation becomes very tricky if a person happens to have chronic pain issues and they are attempting to treat the chronic pain with Oxycodone pills. In some cases this will work just fine, especially if they pain is only occasional and the person has a low potential for addiction. On the other hand, if the pain is more frequent and more intense, and the person has a higher potential for developing addiction, then using Oxycodone can be very risky indeed.

Here is how it works with chronic pain and opiate pills such as Oxycodone. Your body has something wrong with it and it is sending pain signals to your brain. That is the source of your pain. Now basically, with opiate based drugs, you have a decision. You can either pay now, or you can pay later. You can feel the pain now, or you can feel it later. If you take an opiate drug, you are choosing to feel the pain later. You will get the temporary relief from the drug, but eventually the effects of it will wear off. So you will inevitably have to feel the pain later. Remember we are talking about chronic pain here. If you break your leg and have intense pain and swelling in the short term, then using a painkiller such as Oxycondone might make a lot of sense, because the pain is temporary and you can pretty much avoid it completely. But with chronic pain, you are only delaying the pain for later by using opiates, and possibly setting yourself up for a pattern of addiction.

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How opiates work on the body

The question is, how do opiate pills really work? Do they target the source of pain in the body to bring relief?

No, they do not. The way an opiate works is by drugging the brain itself. Remember how we said that the body has a problem and is sending pain signals to the brain? Opiate painkillers do not treat the source of the pain, nor do they treat the signals that travel to the brain, nor do they interrupt those signals. Instead, opiate drugs simply fill up the opiate receptors in the physical brain, essentially telling the human brain “feel good anyway.” It is like creating a fog for the mind so that the brain will no longer care about the pain signals of the body. It is a bit like getting your physical brain drunk on painkillers. It is the rag in the alarm clock. Opiates dull the pain by making us care less about the pain signals.

Contrast this with other pain management techniques, some of which actually do reduce the level of pain right at the source, and you have a poor argument for using such a strong opiate to treat chronic pain. There are other ways out there and your best bet is to discuss them with your doctor. If your doctor will not explore other options and simply pushes pills, you might want to find another opinion.

Good luck. If you are already trapped in a cycle of Oxycodone addiction, you might want to explore this website further.