Percocet Addiction: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
What is percocet addiction? Percocet, sometimes referred to as “Percs” is an Opioid, same as Oxycontin and Heroin. Opioids such as Percocet are one of, if not the most addictive and destructive substances found today. Addiction to prescription pills can be especially difficult to spot,as the line between taking as needed, abusing, and addiction becomes hard to distinguish over the length of usage.
How Addictive is Percocet?
Percocet, when taken as prescribed, can offer great benefits to those experiencing moderate to severe physical pain. In many cases, it can enable people with what would otherwise be debilitating back pains, joint pains, or any type of physical pain to be able to function and maintain their responsibilities, where otherwise they would not be able to. The tricky part of this opiate, and one of the things that makes it so addictive, is knowing when to stop. As many patients take it to function, and based on how the narcotic works,when many stop, they feel as though they can not maintain themselves without the drug, resulting in a potentially life taking addiction.
Percocet, on a recreational level, is typically used to avoid emotional pain, more so than physical. Many recreational users even find the same results for a small period of time as those who need the prescription, including feelings of euphoria and energy. This does not last long. As the recreational users’ use continues, they develop a tolerance and require more of the pills to get the desired effect, while increased usage causes fatigue and loss of mental clarity. Percocet offers great benefits to those who need it, but if not monitored with the highest level of care, or taken illicitly, can become one of the most addictive and destructive substances on earth.
Percocet Side Effects:
Percs, as with any opioid, comes with a large amount of nerve wracking side effects including, but not limited to:
- Respiratory Depression
- Respiratory Arrest
With possible side effects, including death, Percocet is a highly addictive and dangerous medication.
What are Percocets?
Percocets are controlled narcotic pain pills, made from a combination of the highly lethal and addictive Oxycontin and and Acetaminophen (Found in Tylenol). The drug was made with the intention of being a “Safer” and less potent option to Oxycontin, however many people end up building a tolerance quickly, and increase the amounts to find their desired effects. Opiates of all types, including Percocet, have been deemed to have a high risk for dependency, addiction, respiratory depression, and death.
Who Abuses Percocet?
As with any drug, Percocet does not discriminate with its users. Percocet abuse typically begins with a patient taking the drug for a medical issue, as prescribed with the best of intentions, and then the narcotic slowly rewires the brain into believing it needs the medication to survive. In addition, teens and young adults have been known to break into medicine cabinets to take the medication and distribute among their friends. This leads to legal problems for families, and can permanently ruin a young adult’s life.
What is Percocet Used For?
Percocet is used in the medical field as a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Opiates like Percocet accomplish this by attaching to nerve cells, called Opiate Receptors. By binding to these receptors, Opiates and Opioids are able to block the sensation of pain, causing many to feel euphoric. When Percs bind to your Opiate Receptors, they also overload your brain with pleasurable feelings, enticing many to take more. This can lead into a spiral of not being able to function without the medication, or a desire to take more to find a comparable effect to the first usage. Addiction, despair, and even death can soon follow, if recovery is not sought out. If you already think you may be addicted, you should not wait. Call us today to find help and to seek recovery!
How to Spot Percocet Addiction
Spotting Percocet Addiction, especially if it is for a loved one, can be incredibly heartbreaking to witness. Symptoms of Percocet addiction can include constricted pupils (“Pinned” eyes”), bags under the users eyes, a change of sleep and eating habits, theft, an increased level of defensiveness, loss of commitments and/ or relationships, and an incredible amount of fatigue, resulting in what is referred to as “Nodding” off. When nodding off, the user may appear to be asleep, or beginning to fall asleep. This symptom can be the beginning of an overdose, and medical attention should be sought right away. Call us today for more information on how to recover, or help someone recover, from Percocet addiction, today!
Percocet in Popular Culture
Percocet has become incredibly popular with a younger generation over the past few years, due to many prominent entertainers referencing the narcotic in their material. One of the most popular songs that mentions the drug has resulted in many seeking to combine the street drug “Molly”, also known as MDMA, with Percocet. This is an incredibly lethal combination, as it increases the heart rate, while also attempting to slow your nervous system down. The well known lethal combination of uppers and downers such as MDMA and percocet is a recipe for chest pains, heart arrhythmia, apnea, and even death.
Taking Percs for any length of time has the possibility of resulting in dependency that can take every aspect of who you are away. Many people continue using the drug after suffering consequences due to a fear of withdrawing. Once you are dependent on the pain pill, your body and your brain have been rewired to view Percocets as a necessity on par with food and air. Many have expressed that once stopping, they felt physical, emotional, and mental pain. This is due to lack of Opiods that your brain has come to expect, and the initial reason for the prescription can seem much worse than it did originally. Withdrawals from Percocets can include, but are not limited to the following;
- Loss of Appetite
- Dangerous Weight Loss
- Loss of Mental Clarity
- Difficulties Functioning Without the Substance
- Physical Pain
- Cold Sweats
Percocet withdrawals can also have serious, life threatening consequences, such as seizures, and medical detox attention should be sought immediately if you are experiencing withdrawal from the drug.
Recovery from Percocet Addiction
Admitting you may have an addiction to Percocet, and seeking help is the first step in recovering your life from Opioids destructive pattern. There are so many amazing treatment options, ranging from Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient, Sober Living, Counseling, and so many more. Many people fear the cost of treatment, believing it to be a huge expense, that many may not be able to afford. We offer affordable options, with a large insurance acceptance rate, that may cover your entire rehabilitation and aftercare. Percocet Addiction is a serious matter, that needs to be handled as soon as it is noticed, or pondered. Reach out to us today to work with our advisors on the best possible plan for your unique recovery, today!