According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Americans consume 81% of the world’s oxycodone products, which includes Percocet. Classified as a Schedule II narcotic, users face a high risk of Percocet addiction even after short-term use. If you or a loved one currently takes Percocet, you may find the following information very useful.
What is Percocet?
A prescription painkiller, Percocet contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Doctors often recommend it for treating short-term pain, such as the pain people experience following surgery. Even so, Percocet is an opioid and therefore comes with a high risk of dependency. That risk increases when people use the drug in higher-than-normal doses or fail to take it as their doctor prescribes.
Medical professionals once thought Percocet was safer than other opioids due to its high acetaminophen content. The development of cold water extraction methods now make it possible to separate the oxycodone from Percocet. As a result, people on the black market often seek out Percocet to sell.
Dangers of Percocet Addiction
In addition to killing pain, Percocet can also produce a euphoric effect. This is one reason why people who don’t suffer from pain often use it. Individuals also build a tolerance to Percocet quite easily and require larger doses to achieve the same effects.
The potential for overdose greatly increases when users take Percocet in higher doses. During an overdose, your throat and tongue might swell, making it difficult to breathe. You could even experience a stroke unless you seek medical attention immediately. As with any other drug, a Percocet overdose is potentially fatal.
Aside from the risk of Percocet addition, long-term use might result in serious health changes. Liver toxicity can occur when large amounts of acetaminophen enter the system over time. Other effects can include urinary retention, constipation, kidney damage, and decreased testosterone levels in men.
Signs of a Percocet Addiction
You may automatically think that any drug your doctor prescribes is safe. Many others feel the same way, and wind up ignoring their Percocet addiction until it’s too late. Contact our treatment facility if you or a loved one:
- Visits multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions
- Seeks out Percocet on the black market
- Stockpiles supplies such as coffee filters to use in cold water extraction
- Uses pills prescribed to others
- Takes Percocet in higher doses than normal
- Has fully recovered from surgery, yet is unable to stop taking Percocet
- Constantly thinks about using or obtaining Percocet
Crestview Programs to Help you Beat Percocet Addiction
In addition to male and female-specific programs, we also offer a number of other treatments such as:
- Life skills rehab
- Holistic drug rehab therapy
- Art therapy
- Mindfulness medication therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Trauma therapy
We provide group, family, and individual therapy tailored toward your individual needs. At Crestview Recovery Center, we know that only with a customized program will you have the greatest odds of success. We make recovery fun by offering recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, and hiking. With a variety of aftercare and relapse prevention programs, we can help you remain sober for life!
Contact us for Confidential Screening
An addiction to Percocet or any other drug doesn’t have to consume your life. By going to a reputable treatment center, you can get help for your addiction. Contact us today at 866.262.0531 and take the first step toward full recovery.