What are the Effects of Mixing OxyContin and Alcohol?

"Drinking while on oxycontin can be fatal – your heart rate and breathing can slow to dangerous levels or stop altogether."If you're on oxycontin, you need to be aware of the effects of mixing oxycontin and alcohol. Drinking while on oxycontin can be fatal - your heart rate and breathing can slow to dangerous levels or stop altogether. In addition, drinking while on this drug makes it more likely that you'll get addicted to oxycontin. If you can't resist drinking while on oxycontin or think you may be addicted to oxycontin and alcohol, consider calling 800-861-9454 or filling out a quick contact form to get help.

Am I Addicted to Oxycontin and Alcohol?

"If you are injecting, snorting or chewing oxycontin tablets, you probably have an addiction problem."Although your doctor might prescribe oxycontin for severe pain, this drug can be physically and psychologically addicting. Thus, your doctor should monitor you carefully for signs of addiction to oxycontin. Make an immediate appointment with your physician if you have any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Your prescribed dose isn't relieving your pain anymore, especially if you begin upping the dose without consulting your doctor. Oxycontin users begin to develop tolerance for the drug. This means that over time, they need larger and larger doses of the drug to get the same effect. If your oxycontin is no longer doing what it is supposed to be doing, your doctor can suggest a safe alternative or monitor changes in dosage. If you change your dose on your own rather than consulting a doctor, you might be addicted to the medication's effect, especially if you keep upping the dose over time.
  • You take the drug in another way other than the way your doctor told you to take it. Most doctors prescribe oxycontin orally - you are supposed to swallow it just like you do with other pills. Addicts are often unsatisfied with this method of taking the drug because it doesn't produce the same amount of euphoria as other methods. If you are injecting, snorting or chewing oxycontin tablets, you probably have an addiction problem.
  • You associate oxycontin with feelings of pleasure or lack of pain. Oxycontin can be psychologically addicting because it relieves pain and gives users a temporary feeling of euphoria. Some people start associating positive feelings with this drug and feel like they have to take the drug to experience pleasure. This type of feeling is a sign of addiction, especially if you're tempted to keep taking the drug after your doctor has discontinued its use.
  • You can't resist drinking while on oxycontin. Combining oxycontin and alcohol is dangerous. Alcohol heightens the oxycontin's effects, making your muscles more relaxed - including your heart and lungs. In addition, alcohol is a depressant, which slows down your entire nervous system. As a result, taking alcohol with oxycontin can cause your heart and lungs to stop functioning. In addition, alcohol impairs your judgment, so it's easier to overdose on oxycontin if you drink. If you can't stop drinking while on oxycontin despite these risks, you may be addicted to one or both drugs.

Treatment for Addiction to Oxycontin and Alcohol

Oxycontin addicts are both physically and psychologically addicted to the drug; oxycontin changes your brain chemistry so that it can be dangerous to abruptly stop using it. For this reason, the first step in treating oxycontin addiction is to go through a detoxification program. This is a hospital-based program in which patients withdraw from the drug while under the care of doctors in the hospital. Doctors monitor withdrawal effects such as nausea, shaking and vomiting and provide patients with appropriate treatments for these symptoms. Withdrawal from oxycontin usually takes about seven days.

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After you complete the detoxification program, the next step is usually an inpatient rehabilitation program. This type of program allows you to live in a rehab center with other addicts so that you can mutually support one another while learning how to live without the drug. During rehabilitation, addicts often get individual and group therapy sessions and may also attend 12-step programs to give themselves additional support with staying sober. Rehab can last for up to a year. After completing rehab, many addicts live in a halfway house for a period of time so that they can continue to get support, although some addicts go home and continue to receive therapy and other treatments on an outpatient basis.

If you're scared of the effects of mixing oxycontin and alcohol but can't seem to stop doing it, help is available. Although oxycontin addiction can be hard to stop, with appropriate help you can beat it. Call 800-861-9454 or fill out a quick contact form to get help.

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