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Percocet Addiction

Percocet is a well-known painkiller that contains a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen and is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Percocet is a very effective treatment, but it also comes with a risk of addiction.

Oxycodone is the opiate compound used in Percocet. This compound can result in a person developing an addiction and dependence to the opiates. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that boosts the effect of Oxycodone. When these two properties are combined they can relieve pain very effectively. Their properties have been abused by many who seek to get a sense of euphoria or high which is one of the side effects of an opiate based drug.

Who’s Abusing Percocet?

Percocet is so widely available that many people now have access to the drug and this is a factor in its increasing abuse. The drug is misused by all sections of the population, but it seems that many teenagers are abusing the medication in great numbers. Studies from 2009 show a 35% increase in the use of the drug among teenagers and young adults.

Some studies show that almost one in five high school students has admitted to misusing the drug. This drug can result in the most terrible consequences, both psychological and physical. 

If you know any young person who is struggling with Percocet abuse, there is help available.

Percocet Addiction

The regular abuse of Percocet even for a relatively short period of time causes a person to have an increased tolerance to the narcotic. This means that a person needs to take more and more the drug to get high.

The more tolerant a person grows to the painkiller they become physically dependent on the painkiller.  When a person tries to stop taking the drug they experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological, preventing a person from quitting the drug.

Percocet Recovery and Detox

To overcome a Percocet addiction, it is necessary to have a full detox. Detox allows for the Percocet to be cleaned from the body so that the user can continues with the recovery process. The detox process with this drug is associated with powerful withdrawal symptoms. It is advisable that a user seeks medical help and that medication such as Suboxone or Methadone are prescribed to ease the withdrawal symptoms. Every detox program should be complimented by further addiction treatments. Such as one of the many opiate support groups and sober living homes. Suboxone is highly recommended to help those addicted to Percocet with the recovery process.