Oxycodone is an opioid that is intended for the treatment of mild to severe short-term pain. Oxycodone is often prescribed for a shorter period due to its increased risk for opioid addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prescription opioids are the second most frequently used illicit drug in the United States, following marijuana.
Common Comorbid Mental Health Disorders and Oxycodone
Mental Health and Oxycodone Statistics and Studies
A study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that mood and anxiety disorders are highly associated with long-term recreational opioid use. The study also reported that people with anxiety and mood disorders use opioids without a prescription to treat their symptoms. Researchers are concerned that this self-medicating behavior may lead to an opioid use disorder.
Relationship Between Mental Health and Oxycodone
Using oxycodone may influence mood and anxiety disorders and exacerbate symptoms of existing mental health conditions. It’s essential to use oxycodone as prescribed, or talk to a physician if side effects are severe and resemble mental health disorders symptoms. If you or someone you know has an oxycodone use disorder and a co-occurring mental health disorder like depression or anxiety, it’s critical to get both conditions treated at the same time.
At The Recovery Village, a team of professionals can design an individualized treatment program to address substance use and co-occurring disorders. Call to speak with a representative to learn more about which treatment could work for you.