Percocet addiction stands in stark contrast to someone who is experiencing non-dependent use. Although illicit use of this drug has escalated in recent years, in most Percocet abuse stories, addiction starts with a legitimate prescription to help manage pain.
The sad reality when it comes to forming an addiction to Percocet however, is that it is often rationalized away because of its federally approved status. As such, the physical dependency on Percocet is often overlooked until the abuse cycles have become fully entrenched.
In the drug addiction story titled “fighting for my life one day at a time” the author Caitlin Myers echoes a common response from many people whose lives get derailed as a result of using drugs when she said; “I never thought the story of my life would turn out like this”. This statement highlights the fact that, whether your addiction occurs as a result of using Percocet or an illicit substance like heroin, without appropriate treatment to stop the process, the end result is often the same. It is therefore important to recognize the danger signs of Percocet abuse as soon as possible.
Method of administration and frequency of use of Percocet are strong indicators of whether an abuse cycle is in the making. Diverted use of Percocet may include crushing, chewing, snorting or injecting this drug when it is originally dispensed in tablet form. These alternate methods of ingesting Percocet are warnings signs that the user may already have formed an addiction or is engaging in illegitimate use that could lead to dependence. How often an individual is consuming Percocet is another problematic sign.
While Percocet is frequently prescribed to be taken twice a day or every four to six hours as needed for pain, dependence on the drug often demand unregulated use. This means that the user can increase the amount of tablets taken or reduce the time between each dosage. Scientists and doctors caution that it is not safe to use Percocet recreationally and the drug should only be taken as prescribed for pain management. Also, if alternate use is occurring or being observed, medical attention may be necessary to stop the progression of addiction or prevent a drug overdose fatality.
As explained by scientists at the Mayo Clinic, Percocet is a pain medicine that contains both oxycodone and acetaminophen. Although the combination of these primary drugs can effectively ease pain, there are a number of risks associated with the use of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Use of Percocet that could be considered risky includes:
In fact, any variation that contradicts the legally prescribed use of Percocet can be considered abuse. Also, like other addictive substances, when Percocet is abused, it can cause physical and psychological health problems such as:
Early treatment at the onset of a dependence on Percocet can prevent the development of addiction and the accompanying dangers of using this drug. Treatment will entail a comprehensive treatment regimen that includes period of detoxification and behavioral therapy among others that are designed to address the physical and psychological impairments caused by abuse of this drug.
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