How to Tell if Someone is on Percocet
What is Percocet
Percocet is a combination medication made of two drugs: oxycodone and acetaminophen.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever.
Percocet is prescribed to reduce moderate to severe pains.
It works by changing the ways that your body recognizes and responds to pain.
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Prescription vs. Illicit Percocet
One of the two main ingredients in Percocet, oxycodone, is an active ingredient in several other prescription drugs, as well.
OxyContin, Percodan, and Tylox share this same opioid component.
In any form, oxycodone is a powerful opioid that has a high potential for abuse and addiction.
The belief that a prescription drug cannot be dangerous because it came from a doctor is a false and dangerous one.
When it comes to potent and addictive medications like this one, you cannot be too cautious.
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Common Methods of Percocet Abuse
There are many different ways that drugs may be abused. And prescription opioids like this one tend to come with a long list of restrictions. Percocet should only be taken for a short time and according to your doctor’s instructions. Anything outside of this might constitute drug abuse. Taking Percocet to get high and purchasing prescription medications from someone else are two common methods of abuse. Ingesting it through a dangerous method or at a higher dose than your doctor outlined are two additional abuse methods.
Sometimes, an individual might crush the pills so that they can snort them or mix them with water and inject them. These are two of the most dangerous methods of Percocet abuse. Chewing them is another dangerous practice. These Percocet abuse methods can all increase your risk of overdose and other potentially long-term or fatal consequences. These methods allow your body to absorb the substances more quickly, increasing your risk of addiction, as well. Misuse of prescription painkillers is the second-most common form of illicit drug use in the United States. If you or someone you love is addicted to prescription opioids, help is available.
The Danger of Prescription Opioids
Percocet prescriptions are often given to patients with chronic pains or painful conditions. It helps to ease these pains and improve the quality of life for patients with conditions like cancer and arthritis. Percocet may be prescribed for others with severe injuries or chronic back pains. But the problem with prescription opioids is that even when you begin with genuine medical and monitored use, addiction is still a possibility. In fact, many drug addicts begin by abusing prescription drugs.
In one study, 85% of participants stated that they had used prescription opioids before using heroin. These drugs achieve similar effects, but the effects of heroin are often more potent and appear faster. While oxycodone may still have several approved medical uses, the Drug Enforcement Agency has labeled it as a Schedule II drug for its high risk of abuse and addiction. Prescription opioids should always be taken strictly as they are prescribed. Avoid taking them after your prescription ends, increases your doses on your own, mixing them with other substances, or obtaining them illegally. These are all pathways to addiction.
Common Percocet Side Effects
Opioids like this one can lead to a wide variety of mental and physical side effects. The ones that you experience can vary depending on things like your frequency of use, methods, and amounts. Mixing opioids with other substances can also alter your side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Percocet include nausea, vomiting, constipation, and upset stomach. Headaches, drowsiness or dizziness, blurry vision, and sweating are also common. In high doses and long-term abuse, more dangerous side effects become more common.
Misusing opioids like this one can slow your breathing down to dangerously slow rates. These breathing problems can cause hypoxia, the condition that occurs when there is too little oxygen reaching the brain. Hypoxia can lead to both short and long-term psychological and neurological impairments. These include events like comas, brain damage, and fatalities. When drugs like this one are injected, additional side effects can occur. Infectious diseases and collapsed veins are two examples of injection-specific impairments. With any method of Percocet abuse, overdoses are common outcomes. There were 46,802 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018.
Signs Someone is Addicted to Percocet
If you are unsure if someone is using Percocet, watching for the side effects above can be a clear indication. But if you are trying to determine if you or someone you love is addicted to Percocet, the side effects may not be enough. Personality changes are a clear indication of addiction. Several mental health impairments often appear alongside Percocet addictions. Depressive episodes, nervousness, anxiety, and increased feelings of irritation are all common mood alterations that addicts experience. Agitation is another. These mood changes are problematic because they may lead to or worsen existing mental health disorders.
When an addiction and mental health disorder co-exist, the combination is called a dual diagnosis. We offer a specialized treatment program that employs proven treatment methods to improve this condition. Mood-based symptoms may be enough for you to identify an addiction, but behavioral symptoms are common, as well. You may also notice that this person is switching doctors regularly, avoiding daily responsibilities or activities, and withdrawing from loved ones and friends. If you recognize these signs in yourself or someone you love, call us today to get help.
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Percocet Addiction Treatment Options
Each addiction care program we build is customized based on your unique addiction, mental health requirements, and other needs. These programs range from full-time inpatient or residential care programs to part-time outpatient programs. We have a variety of treatment options that may suit you. Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs both land between our inpatient and outpatient options. Whether you need five hours of continued care or 24-hour access to our dedicated team, we will work with you to help you achieve your recovery goals.
And we will work with you to choose the care program that will best suit your addiction and needs. These care programs use proven addiction treatment methods like various therapies, support groups, and relapse prevention training to help you meet your recovery goals. We use creative therapies, like art and music therapy, and holistic remedies to round out your program. A balanced body and mind are a healthy body and mind.
Paying for Percocet Addiction Treatments
Most health insurance providers offer coverage for addiction care treatments. But plans and coverage amounts and areas may vary. These discrepancies can make it hard to determine what is covered and what is not. We eliminate this hassle by working with your insurance company for you. If you have health insurance, please call our admissions counselor for a complimentary insurance verification. We work with most major health insurance providers, including Humana, Ameritas, Cigna, and BlueCross BlueShield, among others. If you do not have health insurance, please call and ask about our alternative payment options.
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