It is not unusual for many Percocet addiction stories to start off with a legitimate prescription for pain and a trip to the pharmacy. The momentum that keeps the story going occurs when Percocet is still being used long after the medical condition for which it was prescribed has been resolved. However, for those individuals who become dependent on prescription drugs like Percocet, it can be such an unexpected and surreal experience that they frequently end up in denial. Percocet addiction, like other drugs of abuse, result in a progressive disease that as long as use continues put the addict at risk of a fatal drug overdose.
During this phase of addiction, most people, like recovering addict Fernando, describe their life as merely surviving rather than living in his percocet addiction story. Fortunately for Fernando, he asked for help and received it and now he says; “I’m thankful for Treatment and Narcotics Anonymous. The happiness I have now is incredible.” The story however, does not always have a happy ending for people who do not receive timely treatment for Percocet addiction.
In fact, according to some alarming statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) between 1999 and 2010, overdose deaths from prescription drug like Percocet increased by 400% for women and 265% in men. And, according to this data stream, although women are hit particularly hard by this phenomenon, men are still more likely to die from painkiller overdoses.
CDC director Tom Frieden cautions that these drugs should only be consumed when necessary. Experts have also expressed concerns about the recreational use of Percocet. Studies show people who use this drug for the sole purpose of getting high tend to experience addiction and drug overdose fatalities more frequently. The most common side effects of Percocet abuse include:
It is imperative not to delay treatment if use of this drug has begun to exceed recognizably safe limits. Halting chronic abuse of Percocet can also trigger withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sweating among others. Long term abuse of Percocet also typically result in painful withdrawal symptoms when consumption of the drug is abruptly stopped. As such, experts suggest seeking medical assistance when trying to halt habituated use of this drug in order to help alleviate or minimize any physical or psychological discomfort that may be exacerbated during the detox process as well as to mitigate potentially life threatening symptoms should they occur.
It is also important that the detoxification process is followed up by a comprehensive continuum of care that includes diagnostic tests to determine if there are any underlying mental disorders co-occurring with the addiction. A customized treatment program will help the individual to understand the core issues surrounding the addiction, identify alternate pain management support when necessary and provide the tools and techniques to help achieve sustainable sobriety.
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