OxyContin is a prescription pain medication which can cause its users to become both physically and psychologically addicted to the drug, even when taken as prescribed. Over the years, the rates of OxyContin abuse have significantly increased especially in the eastern United States. Abuse of OxyContin can cause users to experience a multitude of adverse effects, including health complications, financial difficulties, and family neglect. However, when used properly, the effects block pain messages to the brain and induce a slightly euphoric state of mind which can slightly lift one’s mood and lessen anxiety. The immediate effects of OxyContin which causes relaxation and pain blockage gets users hooked initially, but it’s the long term effects on one’s neurotransmitters which eventually foments long term addiction. Recreational drug users become dependent on the opiate substance to feel normal after they have sustained damage to the brain, as a direct result from extended use and abuse of OxyContin.
Short and Long Term Effects of OxyContin Abuse
Whether you abuse OxyContin for a short period of time or for an extended time period, the effects can cause a great deal of damage, some damage which can be irreversible. The longer you abuse OxyContin, the more adverse the effects become. Some of the common short and long term effects of OxyContin abuse includes:
Loss of appetite
Low blood pressure
The effects of OxyContin abuse can essentially negatively impact every aspect of your life. Not only can it cause serious health complications, it can also cause problems in relationships, job loss, lowered work performance, financial difficulties, legal troubles, and even incarceration.
Effects of OxyContin Abuse On The Brain
The pleasant effects of OxyContin on the brain can be positive, the drug works in the brain by blocking pain messages from traveling over to the brain. As a result of OxyContin working positively in the brain by blocking pain messages, it provides its users relief from pain, as that is its main function in a medical setting. On the other hand, long term abuse of OxyContin can cause adverse effects and immense damage to the brain. Not only will long time OxyContin abusers suffer neurological issues such as memory issues or amnesia, they will also incur several psychological disturbances such as hallucinations, delusions, and delirium. While treatment for OxyContin abuse may help you recover from certain health complications, the damage that is done to the brain can affect you for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to treat an OxyContin use disorder in it’s earliest stages to help avoid experiencing the adverse effects OxyContin can cause on your overall health and your brain.
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