Percocet is one of the most commonly abused pain medications in the United States. Developing an addiction to the medication doesn’t simply mean the user is physically dependent on it. There are specific signs that signify an addiction, and we’ll explore them here.
Made from a combination of oxycontin and acetaminophen, Percocet is prescribed by medical doctors, primarily to help control moderate to severe pain. The main ingredient, oxycodone, is an opioid pain medication which is also known as a narcotic. This changes the way our brain and body perceives pain, thus lessening its severity. In addition to its pain relief properties, oxycodone also creates euphoric and relaxed effects in the user. The other ingredient, acetaminophen, is a non-opiate analgesic drug used to treat headaches and reduce fever.
When Percocet is taken as recommended, it can be highly effective and helpful for those experiencing pain. However, when taken excessively, it can be easy to develop a habit because of how intense its euphoric effects are. Anyone who takes the pill in a method other than orally, i.e. chewing, crushing, snorting, or injecting the medication is abusing it.
Doctors expect users to develop a physical tolerance to the medication, but not always a psychological dependence or an addiction. It’s not easy to determine the exact moment when use turns into an addiction, but there are common symptoms to look out for. The most important thing to remember is someone addicted to Percocet will exhibit serious drug cravings and a loss of control over their use. Other symptoms of addiction include:
- craving and compulsion to use Percocet
- continuing to take Percocet despite any negative consequences in their personal or professional life
- loss of control over use
- engaging in secretive behavior
- hiding drug use
- taking more Percocet than directed
- combining Percocet with other drugs or alcohol
If someone is experiencing a Percocet addiction, they should seek professional treatment. The first thing addicts will experience in rehab is a detox from the drug. It is recommended to be under the supervision of a medical professional during this period, because withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Following the detox, treatment programs will hold therapy sessions to determine the root cause of the addiction, and explore healthy coping mechanisms for stressful situations. Rehab programs will help plan for life outside of treatment, giving the recovering addict confidence for returning to their life. For those who are unable to commit to a full month away from home or work, outpatient programs exist and can be just as effective as inpatient rehabs.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Percocet use, contact LEAD Recovery for professional assistance. Call today at 800-380-0012.