Percocet Can Be Addictive!
Percocet – a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen – is an opioid drug with rapid onset. Similar to morphine and other opiate medications, Percocet has a high abuse liability. In fact, Percocet produces strong effects on the central nervous system, which is why it’s highly addictive.
We cover more on Percocet’s addictive nature, signs and symptoms of addiction, as well as ways to address Percocet abuse issues. Then, we invite your questions and comments in the section at the end of the page. We do our best to provide personal and prompt response to all legitimate inquiries.
What is Percocet Addiction?
Percocet addiction is the chronic and relapsing use of Percocet, despite being aware of the potential damage and negative consequences to your:
- Social connections
- Legal status
In the terms defined by psychology, Percocet addiction is an inexplicable desire to use the drug, and a loss of control over amount and frequency of use.
How can you know if you or someone close to you is addicted to Percocet? If a person starts exhibiting strange behavior, characterized by drug carvings, obsessive thinking and drug seeking…they have most likely become addicted to the medication.
But, there is HOPE! If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, it is not the time to get scared, ashamed, angry, or to feel helpless. You can put a life back on track! Treatment options and medical experts can provide hope to those struggling with Percocet addiction.
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Addiction To Percocet: What’s It Like?
A person ‘hooked’ on Percocet will do anything to get the daily dose. In fact, both medical professionals and people who battled with this addiction agree that the best way to describe it is: “desperation”. This is best seen in the testimonials of people who have walked the path of Percocet use disorder.
Here is the experience of one person who describes how Percocet use lead to addiction:
“The best way I can describe the feeling I had when taking the Percocet is that all was right with the world. I felt that I could function at a higher level, and that I had more energy and motivation. Stressful situations seemed easily manageable, and I felt more focused on whatever I happened to be doing. I did not perceive that anything was wrong with taking the Percocet after the reason it was prescribed had resolved, because after all, they had been prescribed to me. Maybe I did know better, but the feeling I received from the medication pushed any questions I might have had out of my head.
I returned to work shortly thereafter and I was continuing to take the remainder of my prescription, as prescribed, around the clock. However, after about a week my Percocet prescription ran out. Because I was an experienced nurse, I was not questioned when I asked another nurse to witness a waste with me in the Pyxis. This was the beginning of the medication diversion.
Before long, the Percocet was no longer giving me the feeling that it had initially. And, I was unable to divert enough of it for personal use without raising suspicion, so I started doing the same for all oral opioid analgesics that I could, including codeine and morphine.
The day finally came when I was called into my manager’s office and I was informed that I had been flagged on the narcotics report. I was terminated from my job. And, I was reported to the state board of nursing for narcotic diversion. I was crippled with fear of losing my nursing license, family, friends, and girlfriend. But I still was not ready to admit the obvious truth…”
Signs of Percocet Addiction
Some of the main characteristics and the most common signs associated with Percocet addiction include:
- Strong cravings or an inexplicable desire to use Percocet.
- Continued use despite the risk of negative consequences.
- Obsessive thinking about Percocet.
- Inability to control the use of Percocet.
- Experiencing Percocet withdrawal symptoms when intake is decreased or stopped (a sign of Percocet dependence).
- Mixing Percocet with alcohol, other prescription drugs, and/or illicit drugs.
- Obsessing over obtaining and using Percs.
- Hiding Percocet stashes and using it secretively.
- Lying to pain doctors to get increased Percocet doses or ‘doctor shopping’.
- Neglecting responsibilities at home, school, and work due to Percs use.
- Using Percocet in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
- Continuing to use despite relationship problems and pleas from family and friends to stop.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), a person is likely to be diagnosed with a substance use disorder if they display 2 or more of these signs within a period of 12 months.
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Treatment of Percocet Addiction
#1 The first step of recovery is getting off the drug and completing a medical Percocet detox procedure at a clinic or treatment facility.
#2 The next step is choosing the right rehab program. Both, inpatient and outpatient treatments focus on addressing the psychological and emotional urge to use Percocet. The main goal of every reputable addiction treatment program is to help you regain and rebuild your normal life without drugs use.
#3 The third step is to participate in treatment. A typical treatment program is composed of daily group meetings, therapy, and educational sessions. The treatment sessions usually last a couple of hours per day and may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Educational classes on the science of addiction
- Individual, group, and/or family therapy sessions
- Motivational interviewing
- Opiate/Opioid medication replacement therapy
- Psychological treatments
- Support programs (12 step, SMART recovery, or other alternatives)
Percocet Addiction Relapse Prevention
In any case of addiction, there is a constant risk of relapse, especially in early recovery. But, relapses can occur even after years of sobriety. After attending an addiction treatment program, you should learn various relapse prevention techniques. In fact, aftercare programs allow you to work on your recovery maintenance and relapse prevention in the months and years following rehab.
What can you do to stay clean?
We suggest you follow your Percocet addiction treatment and aftercare plan created by addiction professionals. Aftercare may include:
- Sober living arrangements.
- Scheduled support group therapy.
- Counseling check-ins whenever you feel the need.
Got Any Questions?
We hope provide you with some basic insights into Percocet addiction and its treatment. If you have anything to add or ask, please let us know in the comments section below. We try to respond to all legitimate questions promptly and personally.