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Oxycodone Detox Center in Utah

Written by Drew Redd. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

Oxycodone addiction can sneak up on you and take over your life, but you don’t have to face it alone.

At our drug detox center, we provide comprehensive care to help you break free from oxycodone addiction and reclaim your health and happiness.

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What Is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone possesses pharmacologic qualities that render it disproportionately liable to abuse and addiction and the risks of any long-term prescription outweigh the benefits. (Remillard, et al.)

Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic used for chronic pain management. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain to block pain signals. While effective for treating pain when used as directed, oxycodone carries a high risk of abuse and addiction.

What Is an Oxycodone Detox?

An oxycodone detox involves gradually stopping the use of oxycodone under medical supervision to safely clear it from the body while managing withdrawal symptoms. Detox is a crucial step in addiction treatment, as it lays the foundation for overcoming oxycodone addiction and maintaining long-term sobriety.

Are you looking for a place where you can detox from oxycodone safely and effectively? Contact our oxycodone addiction treatment center and start your journey towards sobriety today.

What Are the Signs of an Oxycodone Addiction?

Recognizing the signs of oxycodone drug abuse early can motivate people to seek help for themselves or their loved ones. Here are some common signs of oxycodone abuse:

  • Taking more oxycodone than prescribed
  • Persistent cravings for the drug
  • Building tolerance, needing more to get high
  • Inability to quit despite negative consequences
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression when not using
  • Isolation from friends and family

Predictors of dependence on opiate medications include substance-related diagnoses, positive toxicology for opiates, and other medical diagnoses. Patients under the care of physicians who have other drug dependence diagnoses and medical complaints appear at risk of developing dependence on prescription opiate medications. (Miller, et al.)

If you or a loved one is addicted to oxycodone, addiction specialists at our opioid rehab center can help you leave this destructive drug behind and lead a healthier, happier life.

What Are the Signs of an Oxycodone Overdose?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids are a leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the US, with over 82% of drug-related deaths being caused by them. Identifying signs of an oxycodone overdose is crucial for immediate intervention. Here are the oxycodone overdose signs you should look out for:

  • Shallow, slowed breathing or not breathing at all
  • Extreme drowsiness, falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Small, pinpoint pupils
  • Slow heartbeat, low blood pressure
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Limp body
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Vomiting
  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Inability to wake up or talk normally

Seeking immediate medical help for a suspected oxycodone overdose can save a life. Call 911 or emergency services right away if you notice these oxycodone overdose symptoms. With rapid treatment, the chances of survival increase tremendously, so acting quickly is vital.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Physical dependence on oxycodone causes physical symptoms of withdrawal when a person stops taking this drug, while psychological symptoms arise from neurotransmitter imbalances caused by drug abuse. Seeking professional help from experienced addiction specialists can ease this process and ensure the success of your sobriety journey.

Symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal and detox include:

  • Intense cravings for opioids
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia, disturbed sleep, and frequent yawning
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Hot and cold flushes, sweating, and goosebumps
  • Runny nose, watery eyes

Why Seek Help from an Oxycodone Detox Center?

Getting help from a detox center helps manage distressing symptoms you may get as you experience withdrawal.

At our center, caring addiction experts provide 24/7 medical monitoring and supportive therapies tailored to your needs for a safe detox, which lays the groundwork for lasting sobriety. We offer both medically assisted detox and holistic treatment options, and work with you to determine the best course of action.

What Is Medically Assisted Detox?

Medically detoxing from oxycodone under the care of addiction professionals can make the process much easier. At our drug detox center, we use medications such as methadone to curb cravings, Suboxone and Subutex for pain, or sleeping pills for insomnia.

Our team develops customized opioid addiction therapy plans to increase comfort, reduce cravings, and set you up for success.

What Is a Holistic Detox?

We also offer holistic detox programs that take a more natural approach to the drug detox process.

Holistic therapies like IV amino acid therapy, massage, and nutritional therapy can soothe symptoms and restore balance, while yoga therapy, meditation, and nature walks strengthen mind-body healing. Our caring team guides each individual through detox gently.

Oxycodone Detox During Pregnancy

Pregnant women dependent on oxycodone require special care during detox. Our compassionate team helps expectant mothers through detox as safely as possible for mom and baby. We follow the oxycodone treatment guidelines set by the SAMSA “Treatment Protocol” (TIP) Series:

  • Detoxification during the second trimester is considered the safest option for pregnant women on methadone.
  • Pregnant women should not quit opioid drugs cold turkey. Instead, they should be put on a methadone maintenance program and quit opioids over an extended period of time.
  • The risks and benefits of detoxification should be carefully weighed, as many women may relapse, posing risks to themselves and their fetuses.
  • Clonidine and buprenorphine are sometimes used for withdrawal management, but their effects on the baby are not well understood.
  • Methadone maintenance is recommended as the standard of care for pregnant women with opioid dependence, while buprenorphine is still being researched.
  • Collaborative care involving obstetric, pediatric, and substance abuse healthcare providers is essential for comprehensive care of pregnant women with opioid dependence.
  • Adequate methadone dosing, individualized for each woman, helps prevent withdrawal, reduce drug cravings, and block euphoric effects.
  • Split dosing may be necessary during the third trimester to maintain stable blood methadone levels and manage withdrawal symptoms.
  • Breastfeeding is generally compatible with methadone treatment, as very little methadone passes through breast milk.

If you are struggling with oxycodone addiction during pregnancy, contact our opioid detox center, and we’ll help you achieve lasting sobriety.

What Comes After Oxycodone Detox?

At our oxycodone addiction treatment center, detox is just the beginning. Our comprehensive drug rehab program includes behavioral therapies to modify addictive patterns over the long-term.

Individual therapy helps identify triggers and develop healthy coping strategies. At our drug rehab center, we offer multiple forms of individual psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and mindfulness based therapy.

Joining community support groups, such as being involved in group therapy or Narcotics Anonymous, provides ongoing encouragement for lasting sobriety. With our help, you can reclaim a meaningful, oxycodone-free life.

Inpatient Rehab vs Outpatient Rehab

We offer both inpatient and outpatient oxycodone addiction recovery options and can help you determine the best treatment option for your needs.

Residential treatment at our inpatient rehab centers provides 24/7 support and intensive therapy in a structured environment. On the other hand, our outpatient treatment programs, including partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs, offer more flexibility to attend sessions while living at home. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people struggling with oxycodone addiction also live with a co-occurring mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder.

At Ardu, we’re committed to your whole health, which is why our dual diagnosis treatment services integrate substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment.

Dual diagnosis services we offer to those struggling with oxycodone abuse and addiction include:

Start Your Sobriety Journey with Ardu Recovery Center

If you or someone you love is addicted to oxycodone, our caring team can provide the compassionate, personalized support needed for you to break free. Contact our addiction treatment center today to learn more about our oxycodone detox and rehabilitation programs. A brighter future free from addiction is possible.


Anyone struggling with oxycodone abuse or addiction can be eligible to enroll in our oxycodone detoxification center. 

Our drug addiction recovery center welcomes people seeking help to overcome their oxycodone addiction. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you in your addiction treatment process, laying the foundation for long-term recovery and relapse prevention.

How to Enroll

To enroll in an Ardu oxycodone detox program, contact Ardu Recovery Center online or via phone (801-810-1234). We will work with you to find a recovery path that works for you during the detox process and beyond. Read more on our admissions process page.

Can I Use My Insurance when Paying for Treatment at Ardu?

You can pay for treatment with your insurance at Ardu if your insurance covers our treatment services (we accept most insurance companies). If you want to verify your insurance coverage and gather more payment information, visit our insurance verification page.

Drew Redd

Drew Redd is the executive director of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.

FAQ on Oxycodone Detox

Does Ardu help me manage OxyContin withdrawal symptoms?

Yes, we can help you manage OxyContin detox and withdrawal symptoms. OxyContin is a brand of oxycodone, and specialists at our oxycodone addiction treatment center can help with your OxyContin addiction treatment, from detox to lasting recovery.

Does Ardu have alcohol addiction treatment programs?

Yes, we do have alcohol addiction treatment programs at our drug and alcohol treatment center. In addition to alcohol rehab, we also have alcohol detox facilities where you can start your journey to sobriety.

What medication is best for withdrawal?

For oxycodone withdrawal, medications like Suboxone or methadone can help ease symptoms. These drugs activate opioid receptors in the brain, reducing cravings and withdrawal effects. Our detox professionals will oversee your treatment to ensure proper dosing and tapered reduction.

How is oxycodone broken down in the body?

In the body, oxycodone is primarily broken down by enzymes in the liver. The liver metabolizes oxycodone into several byproducts that can then be excreted out of the body through urine and feces. The rate of oxycodone metabolism can vary between individuals based on factors like genetics.

Can oxycodone lead to depression?

Yes, oxycodone abuse can lead to or worsen depression in some people. The euphoric high from oxycodone is often followed by dysphoria, fatigue, and depression as the drug leaves your body. Additionally, changes in brain chemistry from long-term oxycodone use can disrupt mood regulation, leading to symptoms of depression.

How long does a withdrawal take?

Similarly to heroin withdrawal and other opioid and opiate withdrawals, oxycodone withdrawal symptoms tend to peak within 1-3 days after last use but can persist at decreasing intensity for different periods of time, up to a few months.

Acute symptoms like drug cravings, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and insomnia usually last about a week. However, some post-acute withdrawal symptoms like fatigue and mood swings can linger for weeks or months.

What does oxycodone release in the brain?

Oxycodone works in the brain by stimulating the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter and chemical messenger involved in pleasure, reward, and motivation. The brain adapts to the dopamine floods from oxycodone, resulting in tolerance, dependence, and distressing withdrawal when oxycodone use stops.

Do antidepressants help with withdrawal symptoms?

In some cases, certain antidepressants can help manage psychological withdrawal symptoms like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. However, antidepressants should not be a standalone treatment for withdrawal, as medication-assisted treatment and behavioral therapies are generally more effective for treating oxycodone addiction.


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