August 8th, 2023
The opioid crisis that first began in the United States is now making its way across the rest of the world. OxyContin (a brand name for oxycodone), a prescription medicine that is used for pain relief, is now a very commonly abused drug in the UK and this has seen a major increase in the number of people addicted to OxyContin in the UK. Effective recovery from OxyContin requires a multi-faceted treatment programme incorporating detox, rehab treatment and aftercare. Read on to discover the different types of Oxycontin addiction treatment available, how to spot the danger signs in yourself and others and how to discuss rehab with your loved ones.
What is OxyContin rehab?
OxyContin rehab is the process of undergoing OxyContin detox and therapy to overcome OxyContin addiction. Rehab addresses the physical, mental and psychological aspects of OxyContin addiction and is widely considered by experts to be the most effective treatment method.
The main aims of OxyContin addiction treatment are to help people stop using OxyContin, get a better understanding of their underlying causes and develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a life in recovery. Each of these aims is incrementally achieved through the various stages of the rehab process with professional, qualified staff supporting you every step of the way.
Why is OxyContin rehab important?
Attempting to stop taking OxyContin on your own can be very difficult and potentially even dangerous. First of all, if you try to stop on your own, you will still have access to OxyContin and will still be subject to negative influences and addictive triggers. Secondly, OxyContin withdrawal symptoms are also very strong and these factors combined often lead to relapse. At rehab, there will be no access to OxyContin (if you stay in an inpatient rehab centre – see below) and expert staff to help you through the withdrawal period.
What are the different oxycodone rehabs available?
There are two main types of oxycodone addiction treatment available; outpatient and inpatient.
Outpatient oxycodone rehab entails attending regular appointments at a clinic or hospital but continuing to live at home. The main benefit is that it is less disruptive to your life but the downside is that it can be more difficult to stick to as you will still have access to the drug and your usual triggers and stresses.
Inpatient oxycodone rehab is when you stay at a residential rehab centre for the duration of your treatment. This is often seen as the most effective option as it allows you to completely immerse yourself in a safe and structured environment away from the triggers and temptations of everyday life. It also allows you to focus fully on your treatment without having to worry about work, family or other commitments.
At UKAT, we have a number of different inpatient oxycodone rehab centres that will provide you with comfortable accommodation and effective addiction counselling programmes. Our staff are experts in their fields with many of our therapists previously having gone through recovery themselves. This is hugely beneficial because it means they are able to empathise with what you are going through.
What does inpatient OxyContin rehab involve?
The best OxyContin rehab centres provide a range of different therapies and other treatments to ensure that every aspect of your condition is addressed. At UKAT, for example, our rehab programmes have both individual and group therapy as well as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), family therapy, art therapy and many more. This diverse selection of approaches will help you to understand your condition and help you to develop new coping mechanisms.
We also provide family therapy because OxyContin abuse can cause huge damage to relationships. In addition to this, we run special sessions called conjoints where families can discuss their feelings and start to build bridges. All of this ensures that both you and your family will get the support you need during your time in OxyContin rehab.
The days at UKAT rehab centres are highly structured so that you can get the most out of your time there. However, in addition to your OxyContin treatment programme, you will also be given plenty of time to relax, socialise and get to know the staff and other clients. This helps to foster a community spirit which is so important for recovery from the clutches of OxyContin.
After you have completed your treatment and left the oxycodone rehab centre, you will then begin your aftercare programme. UKAT’s aftercare involves weekly group sessions and further support from our Alumni Network.
Do I need to attend OxyContin rehab?
If you are struggling with OxyContin addiction, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is help available. If you are unsure whether you need rehab, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I feel like I need to take OxyContin every day even when I’m not in pain?
- Do I feel like I need to take more OxyContin than prescribed to get the same effect?
- Have I started taking OxyContin for reasons other than pain relief, such as to relax or cope with stress?
- Am I spending more money on OxyContin than I can afford?
- Have I obtained OxyContin illegally such as by buying it on the street or from a dealer?
- Have I started neglecting my work, family or other commitments because of my OxyContin use?
- Do I continue to take OxyContin even though it is causing problems in my life?
- Have I lied to my family or friends about my OxyContin use?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, it is likely that you would benefit from OxyContin rehab. Get in touch with us today and we can advise you on the best course of action.
Relapsing after oxycodone rehab
Although attending rehab and completing a treatment programme greatly increases your chances of recovery, it is important to be aware that there is always a risk of relapse.
Opioids like oxycodone have among the highest relapse rates but it is important to remember that relapse is not a sign of failure. With one study finding as many as 91% of users relapsing, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you may relapse too.
There are many factors that can contribute to relapses such as triggers, stress, boredom and depression. Furthermore, oxycodone cravings can continue to flare up months after leaving rehab. That is why it’s so important to have a solid support system in place after you leave rehab.
At UKAT, our clients are given comprehensive discharge planning before they leave so that they know exactly what to do if they feel like they are going to relapse. We also invite all our clients to join our Alumni Network where everyone can offer support and guidance to each other in addition to the continuing group therapy sessions we provide during aftercare.
How to talk to loved ones about rehab for OxyContin
Making the decision to go to OxyContin rehab can be difficult, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. Taking this important first step can be incredibly daunting but for some people telling their loved ones is the hardest part.
If you are worried about how your family or friends will react, it is important to remember that they are probably already aware of your problem because OxyContin can have a major impact not just on the individual but on their loved ones too.
Be honest with your loved ones about your condition and why you feel OxyContin rehab is the best option for you. You can show them this page and let them know how much their love and support will help you during your OxyContin addiction treatment. You will most likely find that they are relieved you are seeking help and will want to do everything they can.
Advice for loved ones
Likewise, if you have a loved one who is struggling with an OxyContin addiction, it is important to be supportive and understanding. Show them that you are there for them and want to help them through this difficult time.
You can also encourage your loved one to get in touch with us here at UKAT so that we can advise them on the best course of action. We understand how difficult it is to watch someone you love suffer and we are here to help in any way we can.
Frequently asked questions
How long does OxyContin addiction treatment last?
There is no set length of time that applies to OxyContin rehab as the treatment lasts as long as necessary. We usually advise you to spend between three and twelve weeks in rehab but this may be longer in the most severe cases.
Where can I find an OxyContin rehab programme?
UKAT has a number of rehab centres around the UK offering OxyContin treatment. These include:
How much does oxycodone rehab cost?
There are lots of factors that go into determining the cost of rehab
, beginning with the length of stay. Facilities and treatment options
will also factor in. At UKAT, our OxyContin programmes range from around £4,000 to £13,500 depending on the length of stay and other factors.