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Percocet Addiction

Are You Suffering from a Percocet Addiction?

In 2014, deaths from prescription drug overdoses in the United States hit an all-time alarming high. That same year, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) declared the abuse of prescription drugs to be an epidemic in the US. The statistics are chilling: the average American adult is now statistically more likely to die from prescription pain management drugs like Percocet than from a serious car crash. If you or someone you know is struggling with a Percocet addiction, keep reading for information on getting help and starting recovery.

What is Percocet?

Percocet is a prescription drug sometimes prescribed to help those in need of pain management. It may be used by patients who have suffered an injury recently, who have pain after a surgical procedure, or who have ongoing, chronic pain. Depending on where you live and whether or not you get a generic form, Percocet may also be sold as:

  • Depalgos
  • Endocet
  • Ratio-Oxycocet
  • Roxicet
  • Tylox

And the addiction problems don’t stop at Percocet for many people. The problem with opioid painkillers is that over time, the person taking the drug will develop a tolerance for it. Because of this tolerance, they have to keep taking more to feel the same effect, to avoid pain, and (for some) to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. For many people who develop an opioid drug addiction who can’t get access to more medication, heroin is often the very next – and extremely dangerous – step.

Recovering from a Percocet Addiction

Depending on how severe the Percocet addiction is, a brief stint at a residential rehab center may be necessary. For starters, there will be very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which could tempt a person to start using again. These include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, joint and muscle pain, the shakes, sweating, fever, and extreme anxiety. These symptoms may be much worse if the patient is also using heroin in addition to Percocet.

Then there are the psychological aspects of the addiction which must be addressed, either through inpatient or outpatient therapy. Once a patient has successfully detoxed, then the emotional and neurological aspects of the addiction disorder must be addressed. Though one-on-one sessions with a professional addiction counselor and also group therapy with other opioid addicts, the patient can learn effective ways to cope with their compulsive urges to use and stay sober for the long term.

Getting Help for a Percocet Addiction

It can be difficult to overcome a Percocet addiction without the right help. Whether you’re concerned with a loved one’s use of Percocet or your own, you can find assistance near you. Give one of our addiction specialists a call for more information on resources, types of rehab, and other help available near you.