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Percocet Treatment, Addiction and Rehab
Percocet in non abusive settings
Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (tylenol) that is prescribed to help patients manage pain due to injury. The oxycodone, an opioid, helps to ease the pain by changing the way the patient’s body experiences the pain. The acetaminophen added to Percocet does not necessarily help to relieve pain, but it will help reduce any fever the body develops as a result of trauma or healing.
Percocet in the body’s system
As a member of the opioid family, Percocet gets into the central nervous system and attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal system. When it attaches to these receptors, it literally changes the way the body experiences pain. Instead of discomfort, the user experiences pleasure, a sense of well being and even euphoria. Unfortunately, these effects, paired with the ease of building up a tolerance to the drug can lead to physical dependence on Percocet and even non-medical abuse.
Percocet addiction and abuse side effects
Side effects of Percocet can include constipation, drowsiness and dizziness, as s the case with all prescription medication containing oxycodone. Additionally, due to the acetaminophen, long term use or abuse and adiction of the drug can lead to liver problems and yellowing of the skin. The long-term effects of Percocet also include anxiety, paranoia, seizure, irregular heart rate and dangerously high blood pressure.
What is the prevalence of Percocet addiction?
Because of the ease of obtaining prescription painkillers, a 2008 SAMHSA survey found that psychotherapeutics (prescription drugs) are the second most abused drug in American, right behind marijuana. The danger of prescription painkillers being used on a street level is the perception that these drugs are safer for recreational use because they’ve been produced for legal use. This explains the relative ease of obtaining Percocet. The same SAMHSA survey showed that 56% of non-medical users of prescription drugs were able to get the drugs for free from a friend or family member.
Many users who have become physically dependent on Percocet will adopt a practice called “doctor shopping.” This is the practice of going to more than one doctor to obtain the same prescription for Percocet from each one. Because many doctor’s offices to do not communicate with one another, addicts may visit numerous doctors and emergency rooms around a city to maintain their habit.
Treatment and rehab for Percocet addiction and abuse
If an abuser of Percocet decides to begin the process of drug cessation, they may experience a wide variety of withdrawal symptoms, many of which are very unpleasant and can cause the user to relapse easily. For this reason, it is recommended that abusers that have become chemically dependant on, and addicted to Percocet seek medical treatment for rehab during the detoxification period, which can last up to a week. During this week, users can experience restlessness, extreme muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements.
After a person has successfully gone through a period of detoxification, it may be necessary for them to go through several course of methadone treatment. This medicine attaches to the opioid receptors much like Percocet does, however, it does not produce the same levels of euphoria and drowsiness that Percocet does, allowing the user to return to a normal day-to-day routine.
Percocet Addiction Treatment at the Florida Rehab Centers – Challenges
If you or someone you love is struggling with an Percocet addiction, at Challenges, we can help. If detox is needed, we can help the recovery process from a chemical dependence on Percocet. Our mantra is that “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide the help and care necessary to back that goal up.
We have a variety of treatment and rehab programs available for recovering Percocet addicts, including neurofeedback, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, massage, yoga, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. Our services don’t stop when you leave our facilities. We have advanced aftercare programs with the technology to support our clients’ needs.
The staff at Challenges is compassionate and professional. Our center is one of the oldest addiction rehab treatment and relapse prevention centers, not only in the State of Florida, but also in the entire United States, you can trust us to have the knowledge and history to handle your case with the best attention possible.