Oxycodone is an opioid that is found within a number of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet. Painkillers that contain oxycodone are often used to treat moderate to severe pain that results from surgery, injury, a chronic pain condition, or certain illnesses. When used as prescribed and under the guidance of a physician, oxycodone can offer much-needed relief for many. However, since this substance elicits feelings of sedation, relaxation, and euphoria, it is appealing to those who do not need it for medical purposes.
As this drug starts to become consumed on a regular basis, tolerance can develop, causing individuals to have to consume more and more in order to obtain the desired effects. The result of this tolerance can be physical dependence, which causes users to experience tremendous difficulty in ending their behavior. Thankfully, there are treatment options available that are specially designed to help individuals make their abuse of oxycodone a thing of the past.
At Keystone, we realize how difficult it can be to defeat an addiction to any substance, including oxycodone. In order to help individuals establish the skills required to battle this addiction and resume healthy functioning, we have established specialized programming that is able to help individuals make the first steps towards a life of sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When someone is addicted to any type of substance, it can be challenging for his or her family members and loved ones to come to terms with it. If you have a loved one or a family member who has established an oxycodone addiction, you are likely struggling with many different emotions regarding his or her inability to end this type of behavior. It is critical to know that there are many things you can do to help your loved one. Some of these options can include the following:
- Learn as much as you can about oxycodone, including the signs, symptoms, and effects of its use. Getting familiar with this information can help you prepare yourself to confront your loved one with your worries.
- Learn about addiction as a disease. When someone you love is addicted to any kind of substance, it can be very hard to understand why he or she cannot just quit. However, obtaining an education on addiction and its development and the challenges that come with overcoming it can help reduce some of the anger and frustration so you can be empathetic of what your loved one is facing.
- Take some time to research different treatment options that are proven effective at helping individuals effectively defeat an oxycodone addiction. Doing so can help you decide what level of care might be most appropriate for your loved one, and can provide you with the information you need to speak with your loved one.
- Speak with your loved one about your concerns. This is the most challenging of all things you will do in regards to your loved one’s addiction. Realize that it is not uncommon for someone addicted to oxycodone to be resistant to the idea of treatment and become defensive. Preparing for this type of response can help make this conversation go smoother.
- Do not partake in an argument with your loved one and do not throw around ultimatums or threats. Keep calm and share your concerns in a non-judgmental manner. Supply your loved one with the research you have conducted on treatment options, however do not expect him or her to immediately agree to obtain care. Remain persistent and encouraging until he or she makes that decision.
- When your loved one has decided to obtain treatment, remain a positive source of strength, hope, support, and love during the entire process. Always keep in touch with your loved one and be willing to engage in any family therapy sessions that are offered.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone
When treatment is not obtained, an oxycodone addiction can destroy one’s life. The physical upset that can come as the result of substance abuse such as this can include anything from constipation and dry mouth to visual disturbances and vital organ damage. From a social aspect, individuals tend to withdraw themselves as their focus starts to be fully placed on the use of oxycodone.
Relationships can fall apart, family problems can develop, and divorce can become a reality. In addition, the effects that this substance can have on one’s cognition after it has been consumed can lead to a steady decline at work, possibly leading to job loss, continued unemployment, and financial ruin.
The longer that an addiction such as this is allowed to continue, the more vulnerable individuals become to suffering with suicidal ideation and beginning to partake in self-harming behaviors. Thankfully, there is help out there. These detriments can be effectively overcome when comprehensive care is obtained to help individuals stop their addictions.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our inpatient program is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. Our residential treatment programs are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients.
Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioid tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dieticians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with oxycodone, other drugs, or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our oxycodone detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with co-occurring mental illness may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psychoeducational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day for adults and three to five groups per day for adolescents. Group topics for adults may include:
- Topics Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
- Young Adult Topic Group Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Relaxation Groups
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Gambling Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
Groups that are offered to adolescents include:
- Spirituality Group
- Exercise Group
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Skills Training Groups
- Recovery Skills Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Topics Group
- Relaxation Group
- Experiential Growth Groups
- Community Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:
- Arts and crafts
- Ropes course
- Recreational therapy
- Pastoral care
- Cultural activities
- Social training
Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.
In addition to offering the treatment methods described above, we also work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone, let Keystone Recovery Center be the place where you take your first step toward a recovered life.