Percocet is a combination narcotic painkiller containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is a less potent, non-narcotic painkiller that enhances the effects of hydrocodone. Percocet addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. today.
As one of the most commonly abused painkillers in America, Percocet is frequently circulated in social circles and shared among friends and family members without a legitimate prescription which can ultimately lead to Percocet addiction. Below are some interesting facts about this substance that you should know.
Physical Addiction to Percocet
The physical dependence one may develop with Percocet can result in withdrawal symptoms when an individual suddenly stops or drastically reduces his or her use of the drug. The physical effects of Percocet use are opposite those of withdrawal.
|Physical Effects||Physical Withdrawal Symptoms|
|Constricted Pupils||Dilated Pupils|
|Muscle Weakness||Muscle Pain and Spasms|
|Slowed Heart Rate||Increased Heart Rate|
Physical dependence on Percocet can be a significant factor in deterring an individual from getting off of the drug, as the withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable and excruciating enough to lead to an individual continuing to use the drug to avoid these symptoms.
Dangers of Percocet Addiction
Like any addiction, Percocet addiction ruins lives and devastates the loved ones of the addict as they watch their loved one engage in unfathomable behaviors, and experience negative consequences repeatedly, without any foreseeable end. The problem with drug addiction is that it is a progressive and fatal disease, meaning without treatment, dependence will continue to get worse until the addict dies. Unfortunately, until an addict gets help for his or her addiction, it only gets worse, and as such, the consequences of addiction become more extreme.
Some of the most dangerous aspects of Percocet addiction are the lengths to which addicts will go to maintain the habit. It is in these efforts where many family members finally realize the extent of the damage done by addiction.
- Theft to obtain money for more Percocet
- Forgery and fraud to get money for more Percocet
- Sexual favors and prostitution to support their addiction
- Pawning or selling cherished possessions and family heirlooms for cash
- Willingness to separate from family and friends to maintain addiction
- Financial hardships as a result of spending excessive money on Percocet
- Legal trouble resulting from charges related to Percocet use and abuse
All of the behaviors mentioned above associated with Percocet addiction are often continued and intensified despite an addict experiencing negative consequences repeatedly. The reason for this is because the psychological addiction to Percocet is so high that an individual is often unable to connect his or her negative experiences with Percocet use. It is very common for addicts who do experience negative consequences as a result of Percocet addiction to blame other people and circumstances for their condition, rather than accept it as a result of their addictive and destructive behaviors caused by the addiction.
Ending Percocet Addiction
Although Percocet addiction, like all other addictions, is a progressive disease, it can be treated and overcome. Millions of Americans have struggled with Percocet addiction and managed to defeat it through addiction treatment programs of all kinds. The first step in overcoming any addiction is for the addict to admit that his or her life is out of control resulting from addiction and that he/she needs help. Unfortunately, not all addicts will make this admission easily and may require the influence of intervention. Interventions include the loved ones of an addict attempting to persuade him or her to accept the gift of addiction treatment from his/her family. Typically very successful, interventions are useful tools in helping guide resistant addicts to the path toward recovery.
Once an addict has agreed to accept treatment for his or her addiction, it is of vital importance to choose the right kind of addiction treatment program for the individual. Many of the 11% of addicts in need of help who receive it have but one chance to change their lives and reclaim health and sobriety for themselves. It is imperative that individual needs, preferences, and belief systems are considered when deciding on an addiction treatment program for yourself or an addicted loved one.
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Get Help for Percocet Addiction Today
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Also, if you have a loved one struggling with Percocet addiction, please contact us to speak with a trained counselor who will work with you to develop an individualized treatment track that is most conducive to the needs and preferences of yourself or your addicted loved one. We work with you on an open-ended basis, which means that your treatment program is results-based, not on a time limit, and we will continue to work with individuals until such time that he or she is indeed ready to complete the program.