Percocet Addiction Treatment

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What is Percocet?

Percocet is a prescription painkiller often provided to individuals with moderate to severe pain following injury, surgery, or dental procedures. Percocet contains a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen and is a synthetic opioid medication. As Percocet is a brand name for oxycodone, it is important to note that there are additional brand names that include oxycodone, including Oxycontin, Roxicodone, Percodan, Endocet, and Tylox. Percocet has a significantly high misuse rate and is known as one of the significant medications contributing to the American opioid epidemic. Percocet is a narcotic medication and can only be obtained legally via a prescription by a physician.

Percocet is highly addictive due to the functionality of the drug of attaching to the opiate receptors in the brain. The behavior of attaching to these receptors triggers dopamine and feelings of happiness and euphoria. Percocet is considered a depressant and can cause slowed heart rate, slowed breathing, and drowsiness. Although Percocet is highly addictive, research shows that Percocet addiction treatment can be highly effective in combating dependence.

Percocet Addiction Treatment Programs

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat addiction with individual and group therapy combined with medical and holistic approaches, working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and managing the individual’s needs. Patients can address core issues with their therapist, build support networks with peers, address medical conditions with our staff doctor, and work with our staff psychiatrist to treat any mental health conditions and identify an effective medication regimen. It is common for individuals who develop an addiction to opioid medication to have chronic pain; thus, it is crucial to learn various new ways to manage that pain without relapsing. It is imperative that individuals struggling with Percocet addiction develop the appropriate skills to prevent relapse and to promote healthier ways to cope with situations that do not include the use of mood- or mind-altering substances.

Inpatient Treatment

Medical Detox

Percocet withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, we recommend that patients suffering from Percocet addiction enter a medical detox program before beginning drug rehab. We work with detox centers that provide medical care to ensure that Percocet detox is as comfortable as possible.


Percocet withdrawal is a significant marker for an individual has developed a dependence or addiction to the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may appear as soon as 4 hours after the last dose and last approximately 1 to 4 weeks depending on the amount used and length of time. Physical symptoms of withdrawal can include: nausea, vomiting, sweating, runny nose, tearing, diarrhea, cramps, muscle spasms and aches, fatigue, tremors, chills, insomnia, high blood pressure, and dilated pupils. Psychological symptoms of withdrawal can include irritability, anxiety, agitation/aggression, depression, mood swings, inability to concentration, paranoia, and hyperactivity.

An individual who abruptly stops taking Percocet all at once after developing a dependence will experience withdrawal symptoms sooner and may feel more severe due to the sudden lack of the substance in the body. Individuals that taper, or reduce the amount of drug dosage over time, may have a more comfortable experience with withdrawal; however, this becomes increasingly difficult due to the cravings and requirement for strong will power. If an individual does taper off Percocet, they may experience withdrawal symptoms for a more extended period, but they will be less severe.

It is necessary for an individual who has developed an addiction to Percocet to seek medical detox to aid the withdrawal process as withdrawal from Percocet can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening if appropriate medical professionals are not monitoring symptoms. Suboxone or Methadone may be used as a medical protocol to help elevate the post-acute withdrawals associated with Percocet during inpatient detox.

Inpatient/PHP Addiction Treatment

The highest level of care we offer is called PHP, or partial hospitalization programming. We recommend this level of care for people suffering from Percocet addiction due to how destabilizing Percocet addiction can be. Once patients have addressed cored issues at this level of care, they are ready to transition to a less-structured treatment program.


At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat addiction with individual and group therapy combined with medical and holistic approaches, working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and managing the individual’s needs. Patients can address core issues with their therapist, build support networks with peers, address medical conditions with our staff doctor, and work with our staff psychiatrist to treat any mental health conditions and identify an effective medication regimen. It is common for individuals who develop an addiction to opioid medication to have chronic pain; thus, it is crucial to learn various new ways to manage that pain without relapsing. It is imperative that individuals struggling with Percocet addiction develop the appropriate skills to prevent relapse and to promote healthier ways to cope with situations that do not include the use of mood- or mind-altering substances.

It is very dangerous for individuals who struggle with Percocet addiction to mix the drug with other substances. Individuals who combine Percocet and alcohol are at a higher rate for developing liver ailments that can potentially be fatal, as well as placing individuals at a higher risk for deadly overdoses. Additional dangers of mixing Percocet with alcohol may result in hypotension, respiratory depression, and profound sedation.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

This treatment program is a good fit for individuals who have completed inpatient or PHP drug rehab and are ready to return to work or school. Patients in our IOP program can maintain jobs and regular routines while they attend groups and individual therapy sessions.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Patients enrolled in Percocet addiction treatment have access to Lighthouse Recovery Institute medical staff, who can provide prescriptions for safe, non-addictive anti-craving medications. These medications work alongside therapy to help patients adjust to a life free of Percocet and resist cravings for opiates such as heroin or OxyContin.

Signs of Percocet Addiction

Individuals who are potentially misusing Percocet may engage in behaviors of doctor shopping, display limited desire to participate in previously enjoyable activities, may have an excess of prescription bottles, and express the belief of needing to take Percocet to feel “normal” or to complete daily tasks. Consistent use of Percocet results in the body developing a tolerance, meaning that an individual will continue to require more and more of the drug to obtain the desired effect. The same feelings occur in a user of Cocaine or Dilaudid. This process of tolerance building will eventually lead to the user feeling withdrawal symptoms once they discontinue using the drug Percocet and often require medical supervised detox.

Can You Overdose from Percocet?

Physical symptoms of Percocet abuse may include the following: headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting, slowed breathing, shallow breathing, low blood pressure, dry mouth, constipation, sweating, feelings of being lightheaded, constricted pupils, flushed facial complexion, lack of coordination, and sleep abnormalities (sleeping too much or too little). Psychological symptoms of Percocet abuse may include the following: confusion, loss of appetite, irritability, mood swings, depression, or panic attacks.

If someone ingests too much Percocet, the risk for overdose is significant. Symptoms of a potential overdose on Percocet or other painkillers include: shallow or stopped breathing, blue lips or fingers, unconsciousness, noisy breathing like the sound of snoring, limp limbs, and no response to stimulation. Without appropriate medical intervention, overdoses may become fatal.

Recognizing & Identifying Percocet

Percocet itself has a few common nicknames, including Percs, Paulas, Roxi, and blue dynamite. Since Percocet is also a brand name form of oxycodone, some other street names may apply that are targeted towards oxycodone specifically, including O.C, oxycotton, oxy, ocs, hillbilly, hillbilly heroin, and poor man’s heroin.

Percocet is available only in the form of a pill. The pills are marked with the brand name “Percocet” on one side and the milligram of oxycodone on the pill on the other. The amount of acetaminophen is the same in each dose, 325mg per tablet. Percocet appears differently based on the dosage.

  • 2.5mg/325mg pills are pink oval shaped tablets.
  • 5mg/325mg pills are blue round shaped tablets.
  • 7.5mg/325mg pills are peach, oval shaped tablets.
  • 10mg/325mg pills are yellow capsule-shaped tablets.

Percocet Effects on the Body

Percocet takes an average of 19 hours to process through the body; however, this varies depending on the severity of the use. It can take much longer if someone is a chronic user as the opioids will be absorbed into the body’s fatty tissues if there is more Percocet than the liver can manage at one time. Generally, Percocet can be detected in urine for 48 hours beginning approximately 2 hours after the first dose. Hair follicle testing may identify this substance for up to 30 days; however, it is not as reliable as urine tests.

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Our Percocet Addiction Treatment Center

In all our Percocet addiction treatment programs, patients meet with therapists weekly for individual sessions and engage in hours of group therapy each week. Group therapy allows individuals to hold each other accountable and share positive peer support.

Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, emotional regulation practices, and life skills during clinical sessions. Patients also have the luxury to participate in family and relationship therapy.

When appropriate, patients engage in intense trauma work to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol. Patients also address medical problems or mental health diagnosis with regular meetings with medical staff and medication management services.

Does Insurance Cover Percocet Addiction Treatment?

Insurance plans will cover some or all the cost of Percocet drug rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have specific guidelines for covering care, including maximum benefits. Lighthouse Recovery Institute does work with most major companies to ensure coverage for patients. We also offer flexible self-pay plans. If either yourself or someone you know is thinking about entering Percocet addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan, call our trained and compassionate staff today.

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