Percocet Addiction Treatment in Cumming & Suwanee
Opioid Abuse & Addiction in Georgia
Percocet is a commonly prescribed opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a powerful and highly addictive medication that is only available in the U.S. via prescription. Due to its addictive nature, Percocet misuse and abuse are common, with as many as tens of millions of Americans struggling with some type of Percocet-involved substance use disorder each year.
If you are having trouble controlling your Percocet use, or if you are concerned about a loved one, we encourage you to reach out to our team at The Carter Treatment Center today. Based in Cumming and Suwanee, Georgia, we offer a comprehensive Percocet addiction treatment program for individuals from all walks of life. We offer nonjudgmental, unconditional support and believe in treating the individual from the inside out. Recovery can set you free—and we are here to help you take the first steps toward healing.
Continue reading to learn more or contact us today at (678) 737-4430 to speak to a knowledgeable member of our staff. We accept most health insurance plans.
What Is Percocet?
Percocet is an opioid medication available by prescription only in the United States. Note that “opioid” is the term used to refer to all natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic opioids, whereas “opiate” refers solely to natural opioids, such as heroin.
Percocet contains a combination of the opioid oxycodone and acetaminophen, a non-opioid pain reliever commonly found in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Although its effects are similar, Percocet is not the same as Vicodin, which is a medication containing the opioid hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
Percocet is available in a pill or tablet form, as well as a liquid form. Percocet should always be taken as directed by a medical professional, and patients should be aware of potential side effects, including increased tolerance and dependency. Suddenly stopping taking Percocet can lead to withdrawal, which may be extremely uncomfortable and even dangerous.
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Prescription drug misuse and abuse often serve as precursors to addiction. In some cases, a person who has been prescribed an opioid medication like Percocet will begin using the drug in an unprescribed way, such as upping their dosage or taking the medication more frequently than instructed.
Other signs of Percocet misuse and abuse include:
- “Borrowing” or taking someone else’s medication
- Misleading or lying to doctors to obtain prescriptions
- Seeing multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
- Creating a “backup” supply or stockpiling medication
- Increased lying and/or secretiveness
- Spending significant time obtaining, taking, or recovering from Percocet
- Using a fake prescription
- Buying someone else’s prescription medication
- Seeking out or buying Percocet from drug dealers
- Taking Percocet to get high
- Continuing to take Percocet despite negative effects
- Experiencing problems at home, work, or school
- Struggling to keep up with everyday obligations due to drug use
- Being unable to stop taking Percocet despite wanting to or attempts to do so
- Engaging in risky behavior, such as mixing Percocet with alcohol or other drugs
Over time, Percocet abuse can have many negative physical, mental, social, and financial effects. Those struggling with substance use disorders may experience insomnia and other sleep pattern changes, excessive fatigue, problems with balance and coordination, and withdrawal symptoms when not using Percocet. They may even experience more dangerous symptoms, such as slowed heart rate and shallow breathing. In extreme cases, individuals can overdose on Percocet, which can be fatal.