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Addiction to OxyContin Versus Inadequate Pain Control

It can be difficult for healthcare providers (or even friends or family) to tell if a person has a problem with addiction to OxyContin or if the true problem is actually inadequate pain control. Often, healthcare providers do not adequately treat pain out of fear of "creating" an OxyContin addict. This sometimes leads to a situation in which a person is accused of abusing OxyContin, when instead, they are simply trying to deal with the pain.
 
For instance, if your prescription for OxyContin is not strong enough for your pain, you may "act strange" due to the pain, or you may take your OxyContin more frequently or at a higher dosage than prescribed. If you feel your pain is not adequately controlled, please discuss this with your healthcare provider. However, many people start down the slippery slope of OxyContin addiction by using inadequate pain control as an excuse.
 
If your healthcare provider does not take your pain seriously, it may be time to search for a second opinion, although this could easily turn into "doctor shopping" if you are developing an addiction with OxyContin.
 

Warning Signs of OxyContin Addiction

Friends and family can keep an eye out for other signs of addiction, such as:
 
  • Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
  • Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
  • An unexplainable lack of money
  • Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.
     
Healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense OxyContin also watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:
 
  • Going through an OxyContin prescription too quickly.
     
  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous OxyContin prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
     
  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
     
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