How Much Relief Can You Get from a Pain Reliever?
If you think you have developed an addiction to Percocet (or another powerful pain medication), help is available.
What is Percocet?
If you’ve undergone surgery, your doctor might have given you a prescription for Percocet to help relieve post-surgery pain.
Percocet is the trade name of a prescription pain medication that combines oxycodone, a narcotic similar to heroin and morphine, with acetaminophen, a mild pain reliever and fever reducer. It’s for short-term relief, but many become reliant on its effects–which can lead to a dangerous addiction.
Why Is Percocet Easy to Abuse?
Opiate drugs like Percocet become less effective over time. Your body develops a tolerance for the drug and needs more and more of it to achieve the same level of pain relief or “high.” This tolerance makes Percocet and similar drugs good candidates for abuse, even by people who start off taking it as prescribed. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you have a Percocet addiction:
- Am I taking taking higher or more frequent doses than my doctor prescribed?
- Am I taking Percocet in a way that was not prescribed by my doctor? For example, rather than swallowing a tablet, am I snorting or injecting the medication?
- Am I shopping for additional doctors to prescribe Percocet so that I can escape my doctor’s supervision?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely taking too much Percocet. You may experience confusion, sleepiness, light-headedness, slow breathing, constipation, sweating, headaches, vomiting, and/or dry mouth.
If you have never had a prescription for Percocet, but started taking it anyway, your reason for doing so may have been to treat depression, anxiety, or another emotional or mental disorder. We would be glad to introduce you to healthier ways to cope. Call us 24/7 toll free at 888-288-2062–and let us guide you.
What Are My Treatment Choices?
Withdrawal from Percocet can be challenging. You might feel like you want to sleep all the time. You might get dizzy, feel muscular pain or weakness, and even get panic attacks.
You’ll be relieved to know that professional inpatient or outpatient rehab options can help you manage your sober recovery. Withdrawing from Percocet under medical supervision can prevent your withdrawal symptoms from causing a relapse. The medical staff in a Percocet detox center can take you or a loved off of the drug slowly. You can receive medications like methadone or buprenorphine to help wean you from your opiate dependence. These substances work to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms–and get you on the path to sober recovery.
Detox is only the first step in substance abuse treatment for a Percocet addiction. To maintain your sober recovery, you will want to follow up with rehabilitation therapy. Rehab therapy options include inpatient and outpatient behavioral modification programs.
Inpatient residential treatment for 30, 60, or 90 days can result in long-term success. Outpatient rehab that includes mental health therapy and substance abuse treatment can also be helpful in enabling you to better understand the nature of your addiction.
Once you have given up your dependence on Percocet, an appropriate after-care program that may include a sober living environment, a regular check-in and follow-up counseling and/or a community 12-step program, will help ensure that you don’t relapse.
Congratulations! By visiting this page, you are on your way to freeing yourself from your Percocet addiction. As you continue your sober recovery journey, you will find that you are not alone. You will meet others who share your dependence on pain relievers and you will meet professionals dedicated to helping you recover.
Reach Out Today
There is no shame in seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is not a punishment; it’s a healing solution, and it will get your life back on track. Call us for a completely confidential conversation with someone who can help. A new life awaits. Let’s take that first step together.