Teen Oxycodone Abuse
For the modern teenager, the lure of the forbidden can be excellent motivation. Unfortunately, this can often lead to poor judgment regarding substance abuse, from underage drinking to illicit drug use. Due to its accessibility and prevalence, oxycodone is among the most popular choices for teens.
As a legally available substance, many young adults believe that oxycodone is safe to take. This is, of course, far from the truth. In reality, oxycodone pills are extremely addictive, and one positive experience is all it takes to fall into a dangerous spiral.
If you suspect oxycodone abuse in your teen, you’re not alone. Across the country, millions of families are facing this horrifying reality in their children. Addiction is a powerful disease, and no one is immune. Left untreated, it can result in school problems, legal issues and life-threatening health issues.
Drug abuse isn’t something that only happens to “bad” kids or troubled teens; anyone can fall victim to oxycodone. In fact, half of high schoolers will try an illegal drug at least once. However, your teen doesn’t have to go down this path. With help from the compassionate, dedicated team at Teen Treatment Center, your child can fully recover from oxycodone addiction and go on to lead a wonderful and productive life.
For additional information about the Teen Treatment Center, reach out to us at (844) 319-5239. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone, an opiod that appears in drugs like Percocet, OxyContin, and Roxicodone, is a Schedule II controlled substance that is only available via physician prescription. A pain killer that provides a high when taken in large doses, oxycodone is a popular choice among teenagers seeking a new way to experiment, take the edge off, or party with their friends.
Structurally, oxycodone is similar to heroin, providing a euphoric sensation that amplifies the senses and increases endorphins. In general, most doctors do not prescribe high doses unless a patient is in extreme pain from a surgery or other medical complication. As a prescription that can be provided by a doctor, OxyContin or Percocet pills are often easier for teens to access than hard drugs like cocaine. By using leftover pills from an old prescription, stealing pills from family members, or purchasing pills from an illegitimate online pharmacy, oxycodone is often readily available.
How Oxycodone Addiction Starts
By nature, many teenagers are rebellious and curious. The balance between an adult’s body and a developing mind can be dangerous, especially for the high number of teens who are attracted to substance use. In 2015, approximately 276,000 adolescents were nonmedical users of pain relievers.
As with most substance abuse, addiction starts with one single pill. Your teen buys a pill from a friend, or is offered one for free. The high is exciting and the rush feels dangerous and exhilarating. From there, the spiral begins, leading to more pills, more parties, and, eventually, a full-blown addiction. Some teens try drugs because their friends are doing it, while others are looking for a way to de-stress from the pressures of everyday life. Many teens find themselves looking for a release, especially in situations that trigger emotional upheaval, like a bad breakup, a fight with friends, or poor academic performance.
Like most pain medications, regular use minimizes the pleasurable effects. A 10 mg pill may initially provide a high at first, but after several days or weeks, this amount will no longer be enough. This pattern leads to an abusive cycle: as higher doses are needed to provide the same high, your teen may begin to invest more time and money into the attainment of pills. This can lead to severe consequences and a deterioration of moral values, including theft and faking medical conditions to secure more drugs by any means necessary.
Tragically, some oxycodone addictions start at home. Many households have opiates left over from past medical procedures that are easy for a teen to take. Parents are urged to properly dispose of all medications to prevent unwanted access.
What does Oxycodone look like? The Oxycodone drug family includes a variety of drugs from many manufacturers. They are prescription pills often with a split imprint and manufacturer number. If you are trying to identify a specifc pill refer to an index.
Signs of Addiction
If you suspect your teen is suffering from an addiction to oxycodone, there will be several sign and symptoms you should note. Many will not be readily apparent, especially if your teen is getting high away from the house or in private, but others, like secretive behavior, should stand out.
Some common signs and symptoms of addiction include:
- Excessive sweating
- Slurred speech
- Flushed skin
- Missing prescriptions from the medicine cabinet
- Secretive phone calls or text messages
If your teen is displaying these sorts of behaviors, the time to act is now. With prompt interference from Teen Treatment Center, you can prevent long-term consequences and keep your child on the path to successful adulthood.
Most addicts will shows signs of addiction, but others, especially those who are struggling to secure access to drugs, may also display withdrawal symptoms. Many symptoms, like nausea and fatigue, are similar to the flu or other illnesses, making them harder to identify. However, if you suspect your child has been taking oxycodone and is starting to display signs of sickness on a regular basis, he could be suffering from withdrawal.
Common withdrawal signs to watch for include:
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Runny nose and teary eyes
- Muscle aches
If you notice withdrawal symptoms, addiction symptoms, or a combination of the two, a rehabilitation program is the best way to help your teen get clean.
Choosing a Treatment Center
Many parents panic upon first noticing the signs of oxycodone abuse in their teens. Some choose denial, assuming that failure to note a problem makes the issue at hand easier to address. Others get angry, yelling and scolding their child for his inappropriate behavior. Most parents resort to punishment, grounding their children, confiscating electronics, and limiting car access.
However, there is little parents can do to truly help their struggling teens. Unless an addict wants to get clean, even the loudest yells and the sternest lectures will fail to make an impact. Rehabilitation is the best way to help an addicted teenager get clean in a safe, secure, and reputable environment. Choosing a treatment center for your teen may seem like a drastic step, but addiction is no laughing matter. In order to avoid the dangerous problems that stem from substance dependency, the sooner an oxycodone addiction can be addressed, the better.
Benefits of a Gender-Specific Facility
For many teens, entering a treatment facility is initially an overwhelming, uncomfortable, or even upsetting experience. In order to mitigate these feelings, we work hard to provide a secure and welcoming environment. For most teenagers, this requires an atmosphere free of social pressure.
Teen Treatment Center keeps our facility gender separate in order to keep teens focused on recovering and not on those around them. Romantic relationships are strictly forbidden during the rehabilitation process, and a gender-specific facility reduces the risk of complex interpersonal issues that can stand in the way of progress.
Most teens, especially those made vulnerable by past relationships, find themselves more comfortable with a single gender facility. By removing the potential for outside distractions, teens are more likely to embrace therapy and will be able to share without prejudice or fear of judgment in group settings.
Custom-Made Treatment Plans
With our comprehensive treatment programs, your teen can completely transform his life for the better. We realize that oxycodone addiction affects every teen differently and our treatment plans reflect this. In order to stimulate the best possible results, our staff will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your teen’s physical, mental, and educational needs. Listed below are some of the services that may be included in their treatment plan:
- Medically supervised detox
- One-on-one counseling
- Group therapy
- Academic support
- Family therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Recreational therapy
As with all addictions, treating the symptoms isn’t always enough. Through our counseling services, our therapists will attempt to identify and address the root causes behind your teen’s addictions. Oftentimes, the drive to get high stems from outside issues, including family struggles, relationship problems, and challenges at school. Instead of using drugs to dull everyday pains or stressors, our therapists teach healthy coping techniques designed to boost self-esteem and help teenagers navigate the world with confidence.
With our help, your teen will learn how to rebuild his life without oxycodone or other addictive substances.
Winning the Battle Against Addiction
At Teen Treatment Center, an accredited rehab facility, we treat adolescents ages 13 to 17 that are suffering from addiction. Our experienced team of doctors, psychiatrists, licensed counselors, and nurses have decades of experience and are here to make a difference. While at our facility, your child will receive compassionate support from professionals who care.
Watching your child suffer from an addiction to oxycodone is excruciating, but there is hope. With the proper treatment and support, your teen can recover from addiction and lead a productive life.
To find out how we can help your family, call us now for a free consultation at (844) 319-5239. Help is available 24/7 and all consultations are confidential.
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