When prescription drugs are used correctly, they can provide extraordinary benefits for people in pain. However, when these medications are abused, the risk of addiction skyrockets. This is especially true for certain prescription drugs, especially Percocet. People with Percocet addiction often require a personalized treatment plan designed by professionals to begin their recovery.
The Percocet addiction treatment program at Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides an opportunity for people to heal from the adverse effects of this type of addiction. If you or a loved one is misusing Percocet, our team is ready to help. Learn more about Percocet addiction treatment at our Boynton Beach, Florida, center today by completing our online form or calling 866.308.2090.
What Is Percocet?
Percocet is a prescription drug for individuals with moderate to severe pain following an injury, surgery, or dental procedure. This prescription drug contains a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen and is a synthetic opioid medication. Percocet is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a popular pain reliever used as a short-term pain medication.
Percocet is highly addictive due to the drug’s functionality attaching to the opiate receptors in the brain and affecting the central nervous system. The behavior of binding to these receptors triggers dopamine and feelings of happiness and euphoria. Percocet is considered a depressant and can cause a slowed heart rate, slowed breathing, and drowsiness. Although Percocet is highly addictive, research shows that addiction treatment can be highly effective in combating dependence.
Percocet takes an average of nineteen 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.
Signs of Percocet Addiction
Opioid painkillers like Percocet produce a number of symptoms of addiction, including:
- Mood swings
- Low blood pressure
- Reduced breathing rate
Consistent use of prescription opioids 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. This process of tolerance building will eventually lead to the user feeling withdrawal symptoms once they discontinue using the drug Percocet and often requires medically supervised detox.
Can You Overdose on Percocet?
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
- Noisy breathing like the sound of snoring
- Limp limbs
- No response to stimulation
Without appropriate medical intervention, overdoses may become fatal. If you suspect that someone you know has overdosed on Percocet, call 911 immediately.
Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s 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.
Some of our treatment programs include:
- Medical detox
- Inpatient treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)