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.
Signs of Percocet Misuse & Abuse
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.
Often, individuals struggling with substance use disorders, such as Percocet abuse and addiction, also have underlying trauma and/or co-occurring mental or behavioral health conditions. At The Carter Treatment Center, we believe in treating from the inside out. Our Cumming Percocet addiction treatment specialists offer a whole-person approach to recovery, addressing underlying and co-occurring concerns in addition to the actual addiction.
Treatment looks different for everyone. Often, Percocet addiction treatment involves some combination of the following:
We evaluate the unique circumstances of each individual and then design a treatment program tailored to their specific needs. At our facility, you have the opportunity to focus on recovery, free from the stress of everyday life. We work tirelessly to help you learn effective strategies for reducing cravings, managing triggers, and maintaining long-term sobriety.
Contact us online or call (678) 737-4430 today to learn more about our Percocet addiction treatment program in Cumming and Suwanee.