Percocet® is the brand name of a tightly controlled pain medication. It is a combination of Oxycodone® and acetaminophen, a narcotic painkiller with similar effects as heroin and morphine, and a mild pain reliever/fever-reducer, respectively, prescribed for short-term relief of moderate to severe pain not typically chronic in nature. The drug is used post-operatively, and to relieve pain from an injury. Percocet’s main component of Oxycodone makes it highly habit-forming increasing the rehab potential for the addicted.
Percocet affects the brain and central nervous system by changing the way the brain perceives pain. A high from the drug is marked by euphoria, feelings of calm and relaxation, along with heightened pleasure. It is one of several opiates that become less effective when used over a period of time, making them prime candidates for abuse. Percocet addicts are found across all age groups, economic classes and social circles. A physical addiction can develop in as little as a week of continuous use. The first signs of a tolerance and possible addiction are exceeding the maximum recommended dose or taking the drug more often that it has been prescribed, as well as “doctor shopping,” in order to obtain multiple prescriptions.
An addict will put getting and using Percocet above everything else in his or her life. They may become disinterested in their physical appearance, lose interest in work or school performance, obsess about maintaining a supply of the drug,. They may make frequent trips to the emergency room for various complaints, or fake illnesses to get prescriptions. They may forge a prescription or buy Percocet over the Internet. They are not above borrowing money to get drugs, or engaging in illegal activity to make sure they have their next dose at-the-ready.
It is imperative that once you have identified a drug problem that you get help. An addiction will impact the physical, psychological, mental and social aspects of your life.
Among the common side effects of the drug when it is abused:
- Dry mouth
- Slowed breathing
- Tiny pupils
Physical consequences of drug use include:
- Cardiovascular complications
- Compromised mental function
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory failure
- Liver dysfunction
There are psychological costs of Percocet addiction, too:
- Altered perception of reality
- Feelings of anger or rage
- Hallucinations or delirium
- Increased anxiety and depression
- Low self-esteem
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders and instability
- Personality shifts
- Suicidal thoughts
- Worsening mental health disorders
Socially, an addict will alienate or segregate him or herself from friends and family. They seem to have lost the desire to participate in activities that at one time brought joy. Damaged relationships with loved ones are common.
Percocet, are you Addicted? | Detox and Withdrawal Process:
Detox for Percocet should be done in an inpatient treatment facility or under the close supervision of a physician, who can help address symptoms, including diarrhea and insomnia, as they occur, and minimize complications. A trained rehabilitation center or treatment team can help ensure safe drug withdrawal and create long-term success for recovery.
Some Percocet withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of the flu, such as alternating chills and sweats, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, runny nose, and watery eyes. Additional signs are anxiety, depression, excessive salivation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, irritability, restlessness, tremors, and yawning.
Conclusion: If you are still wondering at all if you or someone you love are addicted to Percocet, make a call to a treatment program like ours. One that centers around identifying the issues, effects and consequences of addiction, and therapy that teaches life strategies meant to help avoid destructive behaviors.
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