How to Withdrawal from Oxycodone at Home: According to the reported statistics in 2010, around 12 million people in the United States are using prescription painkillers for non medical use. The figures from then have been growing without providing any sense of relief. Prescription painkillers, also known as opioid pain relievers majorly include oxycodone.
Many people who abuse these painkillers eventually become dependent on them. In fact, some even move on to illegal narcotics, like heroin. Henceforth, going through withdrawal can be challenging.
Even though the process of withdrawal is not life threatening, the symptoms experienced by the individual can be extremely uncomfortable. This is one of the major reasons why individuals continue to abuse oxycodone to avoid the difficulty faced during detoxification.
Once the person stops the dosage of oxycodone altogether or reduce it ½ at a time, the body starts to show withdrawal symptoms.
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Fast breathing/heartbeat
- Muscle or joint pains
The list of withdrawal symptoms include all the above but is not limited to them.
How does oxycodone withdrawal work?
Taking oxycodone for an extended period of time makes the body desensitized to the drug. In other words, the individual would crave for more to feel its effects. The extensive use of drugs affects the structure nerve cells in the brain. When a person suddenly stops the taking oxycodone, the body reacts which leads to withdrawal symptoms.
When a person is dependent on oxycodone, the body gets used to it having in the system. In fact, the body builds up a tolerance to many other side effects such as constipation or skin dryness. Cutting out oxycodone from your system becomes a tough challenge then. Therefore, going through withdrawal needs a lot of preparedness. It is always suggested to reduce the consumption of oxycodone to limit the severity of withdrawal. However, people who self-regulate tapering find it impossible to do so and often lead to full relapse.
Phases of Oxycodone Withdrawal
There are majorly three phases of oxycodone withdrawal:
- The Planning Phase
- The Critical Phase
- The Post Critical Phase
The Planning Phase
The planning phase involves preparing oneself for withdrawal. The more you prepare yourself, the easy it is to face the withdrawal symptoms. Usually people don’t prepare due to lack of determination or discipline to get through the process.
The Critical Phase
The Critical phase is when the symptoms of withdrawal are the most intense. It is dependent on various factors including the length of use, dose and the individual’s reaction to the detox process. The response of the individual to the challenge of detoxification affects the success of the process. The critical phase is the most challenging phase of withdrawal process.
The critical phase usually begins 4-6 hours after the last use of the drug. The peak of withdrawal is 72 hours after cessation and comes down in 7-10 days. However, this is always not the case. The oxycodone withdrawal symptoms tend to last from couple of hours to several days. It all depends on the period of the time the drug was consumed and whether it was prescribed by the doctors. In fact, there are cases where the individuals don’t realize that they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms and think it might be just the flu.
The ultimate goal is to distract both the body and mind. And the best way to distract one is to change the environment the individual is currently living. Therefore, a person experiencing withdrawal symptoms should get out of the house whenever possible.
The Post Critical Phase
Although most people fully recover after a week, there are some who take a bit longer. The clinical term to this pathology, Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (P.A.W.S) is a continuation of less critical withdrawal symptoms that lasts for weeks or sometimes months after the critical withdrawal phase.
For those who suffer from post acute withdrawal, it can be frustrating with the thought of never ending phase. Usually, people suffering from the syndrome feel depressed and deeply discouraged and think that things can never be right. However, it usually lasts for a week after which things can be brought to normalcy. The good news is that if the person has decided to withdraw the drug entirely, then he should make full recovery from detox.
You might need on-going counselling and other resources to prevent relapse.
At Home options for Oxycodone withdrawal
The process is difficult and challenging but worth the effort. Even though there are many millions of ways, tactics and potions to withdraw oxycodone, here are few options and strategies to use when you withdraw from oxycodone. Oxycodone addicts usually tend to expect instant results without any efforts. However, no process is easy and yield fast results. Therefore, getting off the drug requires effort, discipline and patience.
- Commit to yourself
This is a crucial stage which requires courage and discipline. Commit to stop yourself from the fun. It’s a small yet a significant step because you are changing the direction of your life. Many of you would be at this point when you are visiting various websites providing you information. Always remember life is better when you quit and you won’t miss anything.
If you feel alone in the process, do not hesitate to call your friends or family for help and support. Recognize that the abuse of oxycodone is making your unhappy and then take control. Think it in this way, your joy of life is away due to the pills and you want it back.
Preparing yourself to map out the detox strategy is necessary. Even though there are different ways to detox at home, it is a personal decision and depends on various factors like money, time, comfort of detox and effectiveness.
Prepare a withdraw guide to be followed diligently. The guide should include:
- Prepare a time table and decide on a date
Plan your time table for at least 30-45 days before you start tapering the drug. This will make your mind strong for the decision you’ve taken. However, the time period is not to be thought of as leverage for the step you’ve taken. Always remember that the period of fun is over.
- Create a supporting environment
Be around people you can trust and who would want you to see happier. It is better to have friends and family to be around you during the process. Surrounding yourself with trusted people will motivate you towards your goal.
- Decide on a budget
Even thought the process would be done at home, you would need funds for supplies, food, etc.
- Make a to-do list
Jot down all the things would need in order to stay organized during the process. Try to not run around for supplies at the end moment. Some of the supplies that are essential include:
Food– During the process, you might feel nauseous and also experience gastrointestinal distress. Stock up small meals that are not spicy or rich in flavours. Food items such as soup, bread or crackers are good options.
Proper Clothing– During detox process, the body temperature fluctuates frequently. At time you would feel cold whereas at other times you might feel hot. Try to keep clothes that are comfortable and effortless to avoid discomfort during the process of changing.
Drinks– the body experiences dehydration during detoxification and therefore should be hydrated enough. Buy electrolyte drinks for a change, however always carry water with you and take small sips in between to avoid dryness.
Heat Pads and Cold Compress– As mentioned earlier about the fluctuation in body temperature, both are essential for your neck as most of the heat leaves through the head and neck. A good cool or warm towel can also be a good substitute.
- Make a motivation list
Making is a wish list helps you to stay motivated and provides you with a list of the reasons and benefits of doing it. Some of the reason could be:
- Improving relationships
- Enjoying a guilt-free life
- Saving money
- Doing a better job at work
The list can be endless and should be personal.
Plan the Post Critical Phase
You would be surprised to know the time you spend on your addiction. The time needs to be filled by something useful in order to avoid relapse. You can make a wish list and try to strike off some by spending time on the same.
Tapering is critical for the detoxification process. When the concentration of oxycodone is reduced slowly, the withdrawals are less acute and take much lesser time. There are many who believe that tapering does not help in withdrawal of oxycodone. However, if you have the supplies to wean down from and a support system to help you stay on schedule with tapering, you’ve won half the battle.
Prep your Body (and Mind)
As you taper, you must also exercise and eat healthy food. This helps to prepare your body for the detox process which can be a shock to the system. Ensure you keep a healthy lifestyle by sleeping well and keeping yourself hydrated. In fact, there are numerous benefits of prepping the body for detox process. When you plan to keep your body fit and healthy, you give yourself an impression that you have control of your body. Exercise also improves sleep, increased appetite and reduces depression.
Even though oxycodone withdrawal is a frustrating process and can be managed at home, there are times when the person requires medication. In such cases, only a doctor can manage the symptoms by providing personalized recommendation and prescribed medications to ease the process. They might also ask for blood test to analyse the damage caused by the drug.
Even though the at-home options mentioned have been successful, if you or any loved ones are still worried about symptoms, consult a doctor or find a rehab facility for help. In case of nausea or dehydration, it is better to consult a doctor as it can also lead to abnormal heartbeats, which in rare cases can cause heart problems.
Everybody has different requirements and it is difficult to cover all features of recovery in a blog post. In the event that you succeed, you’ll be one bit nearer to recovering your happiness and life back.