October 14, 2011
Percocet is a combination of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Oxycodone. Oxycodone is a pain reliever derived from opium that when combined with the active ingredient in Tylenol creates a fast acting pain reliever. Percocet is considered to be an opiate and is a Schedule II drug. If you are taking this drug you should be under the medical care of a doctor. It is appropriately prescribed as a pain killer for short periods of time, but a patient can easily become addicted.
For most people who experiment with substance use, the initial excitement of the euphoric feeling is considered fun. Percocet use is no different than many of our other addictive agents that produce good feelings such as OxyContin. The initial effects of Percocet use are:
In reality, these positive feelings will be produced for a period of time however, like all mood and mind altering substances a tolerance for the drug will develop and more of the drug will be needed to obtain a similar effect. There are four steps to the addiction process:
Three ways to describe the progression of addiction:
(More on signs and symptoms of Percocet addiction )
The driving compulsion to avoid the physical pain of withdrawal can be overwhelming and cause behavior that goes against our values and belief systems. Decisions based upon getting Percocet every day will override healthier decision making. For example, money that has been set aside for emergencies is used to buy more drugs to feed the addiction. The addict will go to great lengths to alter plans only to maintain use, such as choosing not to go on a family vacation unless there is a sufficient supply of Percocet. Outside support to stop using is needed to break the obsessive compulsive nature of addiction.
Stopping the use of drugs such as Percocet can be dangerous. A medically monitored drug detox program allows the addict to withdraw from Percocet addiction safely and comfortably. Once your body has become adjusted to having the medication in your system, it is unable to function correctly without it. A medically monitored detox means:
Detox alone is not drug treatment. Detox is only the first step to stopping the cycle of addiction. The need to move from detox immediately to treatment provides the addict with the greatest chance of abstaining from drug use. Finding a facility that encompasses both detox and rehab provides the addict with a smooth transition reducing chances of using.
A quality treatment center will be able to offer Percocet detox and rehab services at the same facility. A quality treatment curriculum should include:
For more information about Percocet addiction and treatment speak with a Recovery Connection coordinator now. They can assist you with finding the appropriate treatment facility to address your needs. Our Recovery Connection coordinators understand the fear and anxiety about entering treatment as most of them are in recovery.
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