Oxycodone Detox

Oxycodone is an opioid that is used medically to treat severe pain, particularly after surgery or a medical procedure. It is also used and abused recreationally for its euphoric effects. A popular brand name for Oxycodone is Oxycontin.

Whether you are taking Oxycodone medically or recreationally, when the time comes to stop taking it, the safest ways to do so are tapering and medical detox. Medical Oxycodone detox provides medical care and supervision while you undergo the detox and withdrawal process.

Restorations Health Care in Anaheim, CA offers detox services for those looking to safely withdraw from a variety of substances including:

  • Prescription opioids
  • Alcohol
  • Xanax
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines

What is Oxycodone Detox?

Medical detox is the safest way to withdraw from addictive substances. It is also the first step in recovering from drug abuse. When you undergo Oxycodone detox, you are getting rid of the Oxycodone that is in your system. 

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Once all the Oxycodone is gone, then you can begin the healing and recovery process. During detox, you might be prescribed medications to help make the process more comfortable and treat some of the withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal

When you become dependent on or addicted to an opioid such as Oxycodone, your brain gets angry and will begin to rebel when the Oxycodone begins to leave your system.

As a result, you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms unless you take more Oxycodone. 

These withdrawal symptoms can begin to occur as soon as eight to 12 hours after your last dose was taken and can be unpleasant and even dangerous if not properly monitored and treated.

Common symptoms and side effects of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid breathing
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Goosebumps
  • Shaking
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

At Restorations Health Care in Anaheim, CA, we provide a safe and comfortable space for those in and around Southern California to get the detoxification treatment that they need. Contact us today to learn more about our medical detox program and how we can help you with your Oxycodone detox and addiction treatment.

Oxycodone Detox Timeline

The length of time it takes a person to detox and the severity of their symptoms can vary based on a variety of factors including:

  • Overall health
  • The severity of the physical dependence or addiction
  • Length of time they have been taking Oxycodone
  • Dosage amount
  • Co-occurring disorder
  • Whether any other substances were being mixed with the Oxycodone

Day 1 (Admission)

Withdrawal symptoms can begin within eight hours after your last Oxycodone dose. Since everyone experiences withdrawals differently, you will want to come in and start the detox process as soon as possible after you take your last dose. 

Once you are admitted you will begin your detox program. During the first few hours, you may experience mostly psychological symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety or agitation. You may also experience cravings that can be intense at times. These feelings are centered around the fact that you want to take Oxycodone and can’t.

Days 2-4

Opiate withdrawal symptoms typically begin to peak within the first 48 to 72 hours after you stop taking Oxycodone. At this point, the withdrawal symptoms will be the most severe and require monitoring by medical professionals. 

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During this peak stage, you may be given medications to cut down on cravings and alleviate some of the more severe and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These medications will make the detox process more comfortable until the withdrawal symptoms begin to subside. 

Days 5-7 (Discharge)

After your symptoms peak, you will notice that the physical withdrawal symptoms will begin to subside before disappearing altogether. In some cases, psychological symptoms might continue to linger for days or weeks. 

Psychological or physical symptoms that continue to linger after you have passed the peak of the withdrawal process are signs of Post-Acute Withdrawl Syndrome (PAWS).

Once you have reached the point where the detox treatment professionals have deemed that you have successfully completed detox, you will be discharged. This typically occurs after seven days.

After you’re discharged from detox, you will then enter either our inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment program for your substance use. You will sit down with one of our treatment professionals to go over treatment options and create a treatment plan to address your opioid use disorder.

At Restorations Health Care in Anaheim, CA, we know the importance of proper medical care and attention during the detox process. Our trained detox professionals will make sure that your detox treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We will administer any medications that we feel are needed in order to help with the detox and withdrawal process. 

Contact us today if you or a loved one in Southern California is looking to stop taking Oxycodone and get started with their Oxycodone Detox.

Medications for Oxycodone Detox

One of the reasons why medical detox is one of the safest ways to withdraw from Oxycodone is that doctors and treatment professionals can give patients FDA-approved medications to help address some of the more severe and possibly dangerous withdrawal symptoms. 

Medications are typically administered when opioid withdrawal symptoms are at their peak (days 2-4). Medications that have been proven to be effective for Oxycodone detox include:

  • Clonidine – Clonidine relieves specific withdrawal symptoms including cramping, sweating, muscle aches, agitation, and anxiety.
  • Methadone – Methadone helps cut down on cravings as well as relieves the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. It is a long-term treatment medicine and typically continues to be administered after detox.
  • Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine treats withdrawal symptoms and can also cut down on detox time. It has also been known to be combined with Naloxone to help prevent future cravings. Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Buprenorphine is the first medication used to treat Oxycodone addiction that can be prescribed in physician offices instead of exclusively at specialty facilities.
  • Over-the-counter medications – In some cases, over-the-counter medications such as painkillers, anti-diarrheal medications, or sleep aids may alleviate symptoms of your drug use.  

Detox from Oxycodone at Our Anaheim Detox

Self-detox can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening, especially when it comes to opioids such as Oxycodone. That’s why it’s recommended that detox and withdrawal be done under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals at a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center offering detox services, such as Restorations Health Care.

The team at Restorations Healthcare in Southern California understands the importance of detoxing in the treatment process. That’s why we offer medical detox services in addition to inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and therapy.

Contact us today for more information about our services, including Oxycodone detox and opioid addiction treatment. 

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