Percocet Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Posted on :  March 6th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

One of the most frequently abused prescription medications is Percocet, which is a difficult addiction to break because of the work that the medication does to the body and the mind. Percocet is a tablet that includes a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. The oxycodone relieves pain while the acetaminophen also reduces pain and also reduces fevers. Oxycodone is an opioid which relieves pain, but also causes a feeling of happiness as well as relaxation.

Where Addiction Begins with Percocet

Addiction can begin because Percocet alters the function of the brain. The euphoric feeling that comes from Percocet is one of the main reasons that the drug is so addictive. If you have a friend or family member who is taking Percocet, it is important to watch for signs of addiction. Addictions to Percocet develop slowly over time, so it can be difficult to spot when the addiction actually begins.

Early Warning Signs: Altering the State of the Tablet

One of the most common signs of addiction is in the way the drug is put in the body. Percocet comes in a tablet form, but those who are addicted to the medication will alter the drug so the body will absorb it faster. It is common for addicts to chew the tablet, or to crush it so the drug can be snorted or injected. Addicts will also take more medication than is prescribed. Some addicts will lie about their medication by hiding it or avoiding regular daily activities so they can take more Percocet.

Noticeable Signs of Dependency and Addiction

Some argue that Percocet does not cause addictions, but it does create dependency. Addiction includes cravings and the inability to function without the drug. Percocet tends to cause psychological dependence, which can be difficult to break, too. Whether you or your loved one has an addiction or a dependency, there are several other signs to notice:

  • taking Percocet even if it affects work, home life, or school
  • craving the medication
  • attempting to get fake prescriptions
  • out of control use of Percocet
  • hiding the medication or lying about it to hide abuse
  • taking more than prescribed
  • abusing other medications and illegal drugs

Working Through Withdrawal Symptoms

If you or a loved one has symptoms of addiction, you can take comfort in knowing that the symptoms, dependency, and addiction can be treated and at Towards Recovery Clinics, we take pride in helping clients defeat their Percocet trouble. It is best to intervene early, but getting help at any time is better than letting the dependency continue to grow. We work with people addicted to Percocet by helping them learn to coping skills and build positive attitudes. When we work with Percocet addictions, we work with the withdrawal symptoms by keeping patients under close supervision. We also include therapies with individuals and groups. Our behavior therapy helps our patients with psychological and social needs.

The Successful Detox Program at Towards Recovery Clinics

In order to make the treatment successful, we help our patients while they detox from oxycodone. During the withdrawal period, patients will experience some uncomfortable symptoms. At Towards Recovery Clinics, we help with managing those symptoms so patients stay on course for success. Some people experience the withdrawal symptoms for weeks and they can be severe. Having our Clinics behind you will make you more likely to avoid relapse. Outpatient programs, like Towards Recovery Clinics, help those with Percocet addictions work through their addictions, while being able to stay at home.

If you have any questions about Percocet addictions, Methadone, or other prescription drug dependencies or additions, please contact the professionals at Towards Recovery Clinics in Ontario at 905-527-2042.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.