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Percocet Addiction Treatment

What is Percocet?

Percocet is a prescription drug for individuals with moderate to severe pain following an injury, surgery, or dental procedure. Percocet 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 in the United States as a short-term pain medication.

Percocet has a significantly high misuse rate and is known as an effective medication contributing to the American opioid epidemic. It is a narcotic medication and can only be obtained legally via a prescription by a physician.

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 substance abuse 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.

Medical Detox

Percocet withdrawal can be highly uncomfortable. Therefore, 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.

Opioid withdrawal is a significant marker for an individual who 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.

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 willpower.

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 can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. In addition, Suboxone or Methadone may be used as a therapeutic protocol to help elevate the post-acute withdrawals associated with Percocet during inpatient detox.

Inpatient 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.

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 and place 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 Program

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 Intensive Outpatient Program can maintain jobs and regular routines while attending 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 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.

Learn More About Percocet Addiction

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.

Signs of Percocet Addiction

When someone misuses Percocet, they might go doctor shopping to get as many prescriptions as possible. They stop enjoying previous hobbies or friendly activities. Percocet addicts feel the need to take the drug to complete daily tasks.

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?

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.

Identifying Percocet Pills

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 to 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.

Side Effects

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.

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 include irritability, anxiety, agitation, aggression, depression, mood swings, inability to concentrate, paranoia, and hyperactivity.

Opioid painkillers like Percocet produce a number of other symptoms, including:

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Low blood pressure
  • Reduced breathing rate


Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


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 of participating 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 diagnoses with regular medical staff and medication management services.

Does Insurance Cover Percocet Rehab?

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 the most prominent 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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Are all programs the same?

No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.

Is alcohol rehab the same?

No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy. 

Do you use medications?

If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.

How long is the treatment?

It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab. 

Is detox mandatory?

Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.