Percocet is a prescription drug meant for short-term use and people who take it for longer than a few weeks run a high risk of becoming physically dependent on it. Individuals who use it longer than a few weeks and take larger doses are very likely to become addicted and dependent. Once addicted or dependent on the drug, you are likely to experience Percocet withdrawal symptoms should you stop or decrease use. As with any other opiate, Percocet causes actual changes to the brain.
Use of Percocet and similar opiates for too long or at stronger doses causes the brain to produce more opiate receptors, which need to be filled to allow users to feel normal. Once you have these extra receptors, the brain cannot fill them normally and you will experience pain and a worsening mood without Percocet. That’s why it’s important to manage Percocet withdrawal symptoms through medically monitored detox.
There’s a difference between a Percocet addiction and a dependency. Patients who take Percocet only for the recommended amount of time and dosage, aren’t as likely to become addicted, but they can still form a physical dependence. When you have a dependence on, or addiction to, Percocet, you will feel Percocet withdrawal symptoms when stopping use of the drug. Symptoms may include the following:
Many people want to avoid these symptoms at all costs, which paves the way for addiction. Treatment for Percocet addiction includes opiate replacement therapy and detox with follow-up care in either an inpatient residential program or outpatient.
Many of those who end up with Percocet addictions also have some type of co-occurring issue, whether it’s a chronic pain condition or a mental illness such as anxiety or depression. For these people, getting a dual diagnosis is extremely important in treating their condition properly. At Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida, dual diagnosis is used to resolve underlying issues while also treating the addiction. Medical monitoring in the detox phase is also important as patients will often have strong and uncomfortable symptoms during withdrawal.
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly two million people over the age of 12 have a pain killer use disorder. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Percocet, or another prescription painkiller, we can help.
Don’t let this destroy your life. Call Lakeview Health today at 866.704.7692 and take back the life that Percocet addiction took from you.
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