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Percocet Overview

Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. You should not use Percocet if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications. In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking Percocet and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. If you have this type of reaction, you should never again take any medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Percocet Abuse Treatment

Professional inpatient detox can be an effective way to treat Percocet abuse and addiction. Coming off of Percocet under medical supervision may ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don’t cause a relapse. The medical staff in a Percocet detox center can take you or a loved off of the drug slowly, to minimize withdrawal. A detox center also has access to other drugs that can help alleviate some of the more uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is only the first step in Percocet abuse treatment. Undergoing detox without following it up with rehabilitation therapy is more likely to lead to relapse. Rehab therapy options include inpatient and outpatient behavioral modification programs. Inpatient residential treatment for at least 90 days is considered the gold standard of addiction treatment and the option that is most likely to result in long-term success. Other residential options for 30 or 60 days can be coupled with outpatient care or independent therapy with licensed professionals. Community options include local 12-step addiction programs that harness the power of group and peer support. The most important part of designing a treatment plan for Percocet abuse and addiction is to tailor the plan to meet the needs of the individual involved. We can help you assess your options and pick the best treatment centers in your area.

Percocet Signs of Abuse

It is not always easy to recognize signs and symptoms of Percocet abuse by family members and friends. Prescription drug abuse does not typically present in the same way as abuse of illegal street drugs. Many people can seem to function normally while taking excessive doses of pain medication. Problems tend to come out into the open only when long-term effects of the drug abuse become evident through an overdose, the manifestation of physical health problems or the escalation of the Percocet abuse into other dangerous drugs. You may end up being surprised at the extent of the problem, wondering how you missed the signs of Percocet abuse. The most obvious way to recognize Percocet abuse is to look for the side effects of using the drug. Some of the most common effects of Percocet use include:

  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Slow breathing
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth

Effects of Percocet Abuse

Percocet Abuse may lead to:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Respiratory failure
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fainting
  • Increase or decrease in pupil size
  • Blue-tinged skin, fingernails or lips
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Fever
  • Panic attack
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Liver damage

Percocet Abuse Statistics

Percocet facts and statistics are often aggregated with other oxycodone-based pain relievers. Percocet and other prescription pain medications comprise a growing percentage of the total number of substance abuse treatment admissions in the United States. According to the 2008 NSDUH, treatment admissions for abuse of prescription drugs increased fourfold in just 10 years. Unfortunately, the problem is not just a growing concern for adults.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Individualized detox protocols are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. As part of our holistic approach, our detox incorporates traditional detox with biofeedback sessions.

Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

Our treatment model is rooted in the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever we can to prepare our clients for life outside of treatment.

In addition to our traditional therapeutic treatments we offer holistic and alternative therapies such as: yoga, chiropractic care, medical massage, personal training and art therapy.