According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2014, roughly 1.9 million Americans suffered from a substance abuse disorder related to opioid painkillers. Percocet is just one of the many prescription medications that can lead to addiction. Once prescription drug abuse has transitioned into addiction, the next step is to seek treatment from a Percocet rehab program.
The prescription opioid Percocet is part of the same family of drugs as Vicodin and heroin, and it is a Schedule II controlled drug (high risk of abuse with some medical purposes). It is composed of acetaminophen and oxycodone, and produces a sense of euphoria by acting on the parts of the brain that control reward and pain. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and the prescription is usually short to avoid addiction. However, when it is abused regularly beyond the prescribed dosage, addiction is highly likely.
Treatment professionals at certified rehab centers are equipped to treat a Percocet addiction through comprehensive and customized rehab programs. The detox phase is monitored and subsequent therapy helps the person to understand why they became dependent on the drug, which helps them avoid future problems with drug abuse. Stopping any opioid addiction alone can not only be dangerous due to withdrawal symptoms but also very difficult due to the intense cravings that are present after use stops.
There are several principles that make rehab programs successful. They include the following:
People who do not follow or seek relapse prevention techniques relapse at rates of 40 to 60 percent. As a result, it is important to be aware of the triggers that can cause a person to relapse. Techniques are given to deal with the triggers that come up as time goes by as well as ways to reach out to support groups when the techniques are not enough.
Additionally, aftercare programs allow people to stay at premises, often houses, where there are strict rules to follow that encourage abstinence from drugs such as Percocet including drug tests and curfews. It is a great place for recovering addicts to find support through other patients and make new friends that encourage their new way of life and thinking.
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