Percocet is a type of opiate drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. The drug contains oxycodone hydrochloride along with acetaminophen, and improper use may lead to dependence and addiction. When this happens, it becomes difficult for a person to stop using on their own. A treatment program can help those who are struggling with Percocet abuse overcome maintain sobriety long-term.
What Makes Percocet Dangerous?
Percocet, or more precisely, the oxycodone within it, causes significant changes in the function of the brain. It is prescribed as a way to change the way the brain feels pain. This can provide a person recovering from injury or surgery to manage pain better. In this way, it can be a helpful, necessary drug.
When used outside of a prescription, Percocet can cause additional changes. This includes changing the brain’s chemistry. Percocet triggers the area of the brain related to pleasure and the reward system. As a result, the brain encourages the use of the drug on a consistent basis, needing to have it present to function properly. This is what causes dependence, a condition that leaves a person until to stop using the drug without professional treatment.
Overdose Risks for Percocet and Oxycodone
Another of the dangers of using Percocet is the risk of overdose. As dependence develops, a person’s body may become used to the drug. This is called tolerance. As tolerance builds, the body needs more of the drug or needs it more frequently to feel the effects. However, too much can lead to toxicity, leading to the brain, heart, and other organs shutting down. This can cause overdose, a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical help.
Addiction is a bit different than dependence, though the two often occur at the same time. A person who is addicted recognizes the dangers of continued use. Even so, they continue to use, often compulsively.
Long-term use of Percocet can be dangerous based on the changes and damage it can cause to the body. This includes:
- Hypotension or hypertension
- Slowed heartbeat and breathing
Over time, continued use can cause liver and kidney failure. It can also cause suppression of the immune system. Cognitive function can also be a concern.
Withdrawal from Percocet
A person with a dependence on Percocet is likely to go through withdrawal as they try to stop using it. Withdrawal creates intense cravings, as well as both psychological and physical symptoms. That makes it hard to stop using.
Because of how complex Percocet abuse can be, withdrawal from it can be challenging for many people. While certain medications can ease the detox process, some people may experience cold sweats, upset stomach, depression, anxiety, and agitation during this process. It can also make it hard to concentrate and lead to mood swings, joint pain, and tremors. Much of this can be eliminated through a proper treatment program for Percocet addiction.
How We Can Help with Addiction and Dependence
For those using Percocet or any type of oxycodone, our team can provide exceptional support and guidance through a complete treatment program. This program aims to eliminate addiction and dependence and encourage full-body healing. It is possible to manage pain, if present, in an effective manner without the use of opiates.
Our treatment programs are here to help. This includes:
- Women’s rehab program
- Men’s rehab program
- Medication-assisted treatment program
- Opioid addiction treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
Those struggling with addiction to oxycodone or Percocet can trust Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery for help. Our team of expert clinicians and trusted providers can provide you with the tools you need to overcome your dependence and reclaim your future. To learn more, call 833.448.0127 or connect with us online today.