Percocet is a prescription painkiller that is commonly abused. It is a central nervous system depressant that increases the level of dopamine in the brain, causing a feeling of euphoria and leading to dependence.
Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2013 there were 6.5 million nonmedical users of prescription-type drugs (2.5 percent), including 4.5 million nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent). Prescription drug abuse has been called an epidemic, and affects individuals and families from all walks of life.
Percocet is a drug that combines oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is used to manage moderate to severe pain, usually for short-term conditions like injury or surgery. The way Percocet works is to flood the brain with dopamine, which changes the way the body perceives pain. Since dopamine is naturally produced by the brain’s reward system, the rapid increase from drugs like Percocet leads the brain to stop producing it on its own. The result is dependence on the drug for normal brain functioning.
Someone who abuses Percocet will feel calm and relaxed, and a heightened sense of pleasure, or euphoria. In order to maintain that mood, however, the person must continue to take the drug, which fuels substance abuse.
- Slow respiration
- Dry mouth
- Filling multiple prescriptions
- Taking pills more frequently than prescribed
- Visiting more than one doctor
Signs of Percocet Abuse
The problem with Percocet abuse is it can happen to people of all ages and backgrounds. Many people who become addicted to this drug were first prescribed it by their doctor for a real medical condition, which later turned into addiction. Others seek the drug out simply because they want the feeling of euphoria. Many people think that because it is a prescription medication, Percocet is not as dangerous as street drugs. However, it is and can lead to the same liver failure, addiction, and fatal overdose as street drugs like heroin.
Because overdose can occur among Percocet users, it is also important to look for the signs of overdose. If a Percocet addict overdoses, they might have difficulty breathing, be excessively sleepy, experience muscle weakness, have cold, clammy skin, and lose consciousness. A person in this state needs immediate medical attention.
Treatment for Percocet Addiction
Treatment for prescription drug addiction begins with detox. During this time, the person withdraws from the substance and begins to heal physically from the addiction. After the initial stage is completed, the person will go through rehab and therapy to heal the psychological issues surrounding addiction.
My Recovery Helper can find the program that will meet your unique needs for recovery, and help you get back to your life again. To find out more about Percocet treatment, contact us at 844.867.6835 today.