Opioids are very commonly used as a method of self-medication, based largely on their sedative effects. For example, someone with an undiagnosed and untreated anxiety disorder might try a painkiller like Oxycontin at party, or be prescribed a temporary dosage after a minor surgery or sports-related injury. Temporary effects like increased relaxation, sedation, and drowsiness might contribute to an alleviation of symptoms associated with anxiety. Because the individual doesn’t realize that he or she suffers from an underlying mental health condition, he or she may seek out the Oxycontin again to feel “normal”. Unfortunately, painkillers such as this are highly addictive, and any repeated use, or using a medication other than as prescribed, can lead to physical and mental dependency. People become addicted in a number of different ways – the important thing is being able to identify an addiction, and seeking professional help as soon as possible.