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Percocet Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment

Medically reviewed by

David Hunter, MA.Ed, LPC

February 13, 2019

Percocet is an opioid medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. This drug is typically prescribed to individuals who will only need it for a short period of time as long-term use can lead to addiction.

Sometimes it may seem like there is an endless list of prescription pain medications out there, but there are really only five generic opioids on the market: Oxycodone, Propoxyphene, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, and Hydrocodone. The confusing part is that these drugs are then mixed and created in different amounts to make Brand Name meds, a much longer list. Percocet is one of these many well-known, brand name drugs.

Percocet is a mixture of acetaminophen and oxycodone, an opioid medication; it is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a stronger medication than Vicodin and other pain pills due to oxycodone being a derivative of morphine, and it is usually prescribed to those who will need the medicine for a short period of time. People tend to abuse it because the drug floods the central nervous system with dopamine, causing feelings of euphoria, calm, and relaxation. Known on the streets as Percs, those looking to abuse the drug will either chew the pills for rapid release, snort them, or dissolve them in liquid and inject them.

Short-Term Effects

Percocet can be very dangerous to individuals simply taking the drug to get high because when crushed into a powder and snorted, oxycodone enters the body too rapidly and can lead to death after one use. Other short-term effects include:

  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • seizures

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Long-Term Effects

Users often experience a quick tolerance to painkillers and thus take more and more to get the same high. This exponential use leads to hazard health problems, including:

  • impotence
  • sleep apnea
  • liver and kidney damage
  • respiratory arrest
  • coma

Percocet Addiction Treatment

Because opioids are so addictive and drugs such as Percocet often cause tolerance, detoxification can be extremely difficult. Thus, most doctors recommend inpatient rehab treatment for those with pain medication addiction. This way the patient can undergo the process under strict supervision and has access to all the support they need to stay clean.

Because many people who are addicted to taking Percocet actually have a prescription for it, they must learn how to live their life with chronic pain and learn how to manage their dosage. This includes behavior modification programs, such as cognitive-behavioral treatment. Because pain medications are often abused by adolescents, due to easy access and the misconception that prescription pills are less dangerous than other drugs, many rehabs will provide specific teen rehab treatment programs, with activities and therapies formatted for that age group.

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