Percocet is a narcotic that combines two drugs – both acetaminophen and oxycodone. The acetaminophen, found in over-the-counter medication like Tylenol, is used to reduce pain and fever. The oxycodone, from the same family of drugs as codeine and heroin, helps provide a calming feeling or pain. This medication is usually intended for short-term used as prescribed by a doctor.
The problem, however, is that many men become addicted and need Percocet treatment. In fact, Percocet can affect your brain just like any other drug including morphine or heroin.
The Prescription Drug Epidemic
As of 2009, prescription drugs ranked second to marijuana as one of the most commonly abused drugs. This correlates with the 24 percent increase of hydrocodone and oxycodone products being dispensed by U.S. pharmacies from 1991-2009. The attraction to this drug is the way it provides a euphoric high as dopamine levels in the brain increase during use.
However, this drug does have potentially dangerous consequences. Percocet, by the way, contains the ingredient found in OxyContin, and an overdose of is common. If you snort or inject this drug on a regular basis, you could be putting your life at risk if you have not already. It might be time for you to enroll in a Percocet treatment program for men if you think you have a problem.
Medical Risks Associated with Percocet
The oxycodone in Percocet is an opioid, and it can cause respiratory problems – even possibly stop you from breathing altogether. Inducing you into a coma or causing you to become addict are other issues you might have.
You could end up in the emergency room if you consume too much of it, and it is potentially fatal when an excessive amount is consumed. Furthermore, the acetaminophen in this drug intensifies the effect of the oxycodone. Therefore, it could be considered more dangerous than even OxyContin that is also easily abused.
Percocet is also dangerous when combined with sedatives, tranquilizers or other narcotics. In addition, you should not be using it with alcohol. Moreover, it also can harm an unborn child, in that it can cause a newborn baby to have withdrawal symptoms.
This drug also could damage your liver, and you would know this if you have pain in your upper stomach, are experiencing itching, or had clay-colored stools or dark urine. Yellowing of the eyes is another indication that this drug has affected you.
Percocet could also cause these medical problems:
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
The above is not a complete list of the possible complications of abusing Percocet. We offer thorough medical assessments to pinpoint the cause of any health issues you have. Then, we set you up with the rehabilitation program that would be most appropriate for you. For instance, you might be better suited for an inpatient program if you need medical supervision.
We also provide outpatient services for people who require Percocet withdrawal treatment. This initial detox stage is the challenging part, but once you get through it, maintaining your sobriety will become commonplace.
Consequences of Substance Abuse
The more dependent you become on a drug, the harder you will try to find a way to pay for your habit. You might either become a workaholic to support your drug, or you might be prone to shoplifting or stealing money from people to buy it.
Just like any kind of drug addiction, abusing Percocet can also cause instability in you that could make it hard for you to function at work or at school. In addition, the deceptiveness often associated with substance abuse could breach the trust between you and your parents, siblings, friends or spouse.
Help is Only a Phone Call Away
We provide an extensive assessment to people who want to break free from addiction. Our Percocet addiction treatment staff will first start you off with supervised detoxification. During this time, you will be closely monitored by compassion medical professionals during the withdrawal phase. This will benefit you in the event an emergency occurs after you stop using this drug.
After the detox period is completed, you will then participate in either an inpatient or outpatient Percocet treatment program. The inpatient rehab usually takes place at a facility where you would be a resident for 30-90 days. During this time, you will continue to receive medical services as well as individual therapy and become involved in 12-step support groups.
If you are enrolled in our outpatient program, you would instead detox in your home. This may or may not also include medical intervention plus mental health therapy. The advantage of home detox is that you can tap into the support family and friends would provide.