Percocet is an opiate prescription drug that is normally prescribed for short term pain relief. Percocet should be monitored by a medical professional, as it can be highly addictive. While Percocet is an effective prescription drug when it comes to pain relief, the instant sensations can be addictive. The sense of euphoria, relaxation and heightened pleasure can leave an individual craving more of this drug than prescribed to try to maintain the same high.
Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. This can be a dangerous mixture for an addict. With one’s tolerance to the opiate compound of oxycodone, more of the drug is needed to keep the same high. As the dosage increases, the high levels of acetaminophen can do physical damage to the body, specifically the liver. This can have long term physical effects in addition to one’s addiction problems.
Percocet is a drug that individuals become addicted to in different ways. Some may start out taking this as a prescription, only to become addicted overtime. Others may purely have obtained Percocet through illegal means and taken it for recreational purposes. The highly addictive nature of Percocet can affect any user and any demographic. Once addicted, an individual may turn to illegal means to obtain their drug of choice. This causes them to make behavioral decisions that they would not have otherwise, such as stealing or falsifying prescriptions. Even if an addict engages in illegal behaviors, they may not comprehend that they have a problem, since it is a prescription medication and therefore must be safe.
Percocet can be augmented through the method in which it is administered, to speed up one’s high or to make the drug more effective. Users might chew or crush pills that are intended for swallowing, or even dissolve the pill and inject it into their system. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has reported that roughly 7 million individuals in the United States revealed that they have taken prescription medications for non-medical uses. This displays how normalized it has become for individuals to use prescription medications, and how many people are blind to the risks involved. Most prescription drugs should be monitored by a medical professional. Prescribed opiates can be especially addictive and if these are taken for recreational purposes, an individual may not understand dosage, how it should be administered, or the lethal combinations with other drugs.
Percocet addiction is commonly hidden by individuals who take other medications to treat chronic pain. If an addiction started out with a legitimate prescription, symptoms of abuse might be similar to one’s ailment. If a loved one becomes withdrawn, preoccupied, and is often lightheaded, they might be abusing their prescription. Side effects can become apparent when tolerance levels begin to rise. If an individual doesn’t have access to opiates, they might become panicked or anxious. Another symptom can be coexisting substance abuse, such as alcohol, to try to maximize Percocet effectiveness. Percocet addiction can set in quickly and tolerance levels can rapidly increase, so treatment should be sought once an individual accepts that they have a problem.
Treatment for Percocet addiction is twofold, starting with detox and then dealing with the underlying reasons behind the addiction. As with all opiates, an individual will need to go through detox and deal with the withdrawal symptoms while physically weaning the body off the Percocet. This should be done in a medically supervised environment since withdrawal symptoms can make an addict nauseous, run a fever, anxious, and experience extreme cravings.
Once an individual is physically cleansed from Percocet, long term care and rehabilitation are set to begin. If an individual was taking Percocet for pain management, different therapies or non-addictive medications will need to be utilized. For those who were taking Percocet illegally or combining this with other drugs, aftercare will be an important part of treatment to make sure that a recovering addict does not return to old habits. Treatment must be tailor-made to each individual and work with every patient to identify the proper Percocet rehab program.
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