Percocet addiction affected the lives of more than a half million people in the U.S. in 2008 and that number continues to rise as prescription painkiller abuse grows to epidemic proportions. According to statistics by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, the number of people abusing Percocet recreationally has more than doubled every four years since 2004.
Why is Percocet so Popular?
Percocet is a strong opiate narcotic that is used to manage pain from illness, injury and surgery. A powerful analgesic, it is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Oxycodone. Like other opiates, the drug works to block the receptors in the central nervous system and brain, which leave the individual with a happy and euphoric feeling.
Side Effects of Addiction
Common side effects of Percocet addiction may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Vision problems
Chronic abuse of Percocet can lead to the development of a tolerance to the drug, which may increase the likeliness of addiction and the chance for overdose. However, an additional health risk is liver damage due to acetaminophen abuse. Over time, the liver will develop scar tissue which can result in liver failure.
Damage to Relationships
Addiction does not only affect the individual but can have a significant impact on the lives of everyone around the addict, who may engage in criminal behavior to maintain and conceal their habit. Doctor shopping, theft and prescription fraud are common occurrences for individuals addicted to Percocet. Most families are unaware of their loved one’s addiction until they are in legal trouble or have started stealing from family members to continue their drug use. Families may enlist the help of an interventionist to convince the individual to go to detox and rehab.
Detox & Withdrawal
Doctors warn that quitting Percocet “cold turkey” is dangerous and suggest that individuals seek professional assistance from a medical detox and rehab treatment program. Medical detox will eliminate the toxins the body that have accumulated from drug abuse, as well as help to control the withdrawal symptoms that most patients experience when detoxing. Depending on the severity of addiction, withdrawal symptoms may begin within a few hours after the last time the drug was used and most often include: •Muscle and bone pain
- Flu-like symptoms
Once the patient has successfully completed detox, they are encouraged to continue recovery in rehab treatment or a community support group, such as a 12 Step program or behavioral therapy. Most people find that they need help preparing for their new life without substance abuse and an after detox program gives them the support they need to continue recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.