Facts About Percocet Addiction

Percocet is a painkiller within the class of narcotics called opiates. Percocet has the potential to be habit-forming, so doctors prescribe it with care. They strive to prescribe Percocet only to patients suffering from severe pain, generally following a surgical or endoscopic procedure. Percocet affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) by blocking pain receptors.

Users report feelings of euphoria upon abusing Percocet. Many individuals become addicted to Percocet as a byproduct of their continuous quest to recreate the high they experienced upon first experimenting with the drug.

In terms of a Percocet addiction, implications are that the user no longer experiments with narcotics recreationally. When an addiction is in place, the user feels compulsively inclined to continue using Percocet despite negative outcomes. Even if the user wants to stop, he or she finds that willpower is inadequate. Addiction is a disease, and a powerful one at that. Users suffer from a preoccupation of the mind, a physical craving, and a spiritual emptiness. Thankfully, drug treatment facilities exist to help clients combat the negative effects addiction entails. Through a drug treatment program, clients learn to handle life’s stressors without turning to drugs and alcohol for relief.

Indications that an individual is addicted to Percocet can sometimes go unnoticed by family members and friends. However, with severe cases, family members can pick up on a change in the afflicted individual upon the addiction’s onset. Signs and symptoms of Percocet addiction include but are not limited to the following:

  • Obsessing over when and how often they can take Percocet
  • A dangerously high tolerance to the drug, where increasingly high doses of Percocet are necessary simply to feel “normal”
  • Withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use or after a supply has been depleted
  • Euphoria and calmness
  • Relaxation and reduced anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sweating profusely

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In cases where one or more of the aforementioned symptoms arise, a Percocet addiction may be the culprit. Often times, Percocet addicts will work to coerce family members into believing they are “fine” by hiding drug supplies and keeping the drug aspect of their lives secretive. Addicts display apathy toward activities and obligations that used to be of interest. Friends and family members are often baffled by an addict’s behavior. He or she operates out of self-will and self-centeredness in perpetual efforts to feed the addictive beast within.

If a Percocet addict attempts to stop suddenly, they will inevitably experience negative withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawing from opiates is an uncomfortable process. Without counter-indicative drugs, users can become overwhelmingly agitated and uncomfortable, to the point of a relapse. Thankfully, drug rehabilitation centers specialize in recovery from painkiller addictions and help clients to overcome the initial withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from Percocet include:

  • Gastro-intestinal distress
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Bouts of depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle and bone pain

When counter-indicative drugs are administered throughout the detoxification process, clients report feeling more comfortable than their peers who try to kick an opiate addiction on their own volition. Following detoxification from opiates, the client undergoes emotional detoxification from Percocet. Recovering Percocet addicts learn how to live without drugs, and how to handle life’s challenges by employing healthy coping strategies.