More than seven million people in the United States recreationally use prescription drugs and five million overuse prescription pain killers such as Percocet, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Percocet use among teens was four times higher in 2011 than ten years earlier.
An opiate narcotic, Percocet is the brand name for a powerful prescription pain killer that combines acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) and oxycodone. Oxycodone is derived from heroin and morphine. Percocet is not intended for long term use. When taken in large quantities for prolonged periods of time; there is a risk for dependency on Percocet.
Percocet affects the central nervous system similar to morphine and heroin by altering how the brain receives pain. The brain translates the feelings from pain to ecstasy and pleasure. Each time the drug is used, a tolerance builds. The user increases the dosage so that they can reach the same feeling each time which can eventually result in overdose. Signs of Percocet overdose include sweating, trouble breathing, jaundice, vomiting and coma.
Percocet misuse is not limited to any particular social group, race, or age. Prescription drug users think that just because Percocet is legal that it is safe to use recreationally, to get high. The truth is that Percocet has the same potential for dependency as any other drug. There are some obvious signs for dependency on Percocet including nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, dizziness, lightheadedness and headache, stomach cramps, itching, loss of consciousness and convulsions. Combining Percocet with alcohol or other drugs can be fatal. Seniors using Percocet should exercise caution as it has the potential to slow breathing.
Withdrawal symptoms from Percocet can begin within a few hours of the last time the drug was taken and can be excruciatingly uncomfortable. Symptoms include a runny nose, anxiety, stomach pain, muscle pain, watery eyes, sweating, nausea and fever. In some cases, withdrawal is so severe that some individuals have returned to Percocet use to stop withdrawal symptoms.
Medical detoxification from Percocet can occur through inpatient medical, outpatient medical and outpatient nonmedical programs. While detoxification from Percocet is not life threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable so many prefer to seek medical detoxification. An inpatient medical detox program can be a safe and effective method for detoxing from Percocet use. Inpatient medical detox makes it possible for doctors to change the medication to decrease your withdrawal symptoms and keep you comfortable.
Methadone clinics provide outpatient medical detox from Percocet. Methadone is an opiate narcotic and if overused has the potential for physical dependency, like Percocet. Methadone has a higher rate of accidental overdose and death than all other opiates combined. Methadone is used as a substitute drug for Percocet and some individuals start taking methadone and never stop.
12 step programs support the belief that problem drug use is a disease and that there is no cure. Group meetings, talk therapy and counseling are all part of the treatment protocol with 12 step programs and members should expect lifelong participation. Members are told that relapse is a certainty and that there is no hope because you are diseased.
However, the truth is that you are not diseased and there is hope. After you have completed a detox program for dependency on Percocet, you may want to enroll in a program that will help you to take control and rebuild your life. Freedom Model Retreats offers a Cognitive Behavioral Learning program that helps guests through a self assessment and life changing process to develop habits that are productive and enriching. Guests are able to go on to have long term success with respect to drug using habits permanently.
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