When we think about prescriptions that can be abused, it can get confusing with all of the different options. Percocet falls into the category of prescription pain medications and is classified as an opioid. Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen that are used to treat severe pain.

Is Percocet Addictive?

Similar to other opioids, Percocet is a highly addictive medication. Percocet is classified as a controlled substance and is heavily monitored. These medications could be prescribed after surgery or for a serious injury.

How can someone go from using their prescribed medication to being addicted to Percocet? The reality is, there are a few ways this could happen. One way would be, the individual is already struggling with addiction and has not been honest with their prescriber. For example, someone may feel as though their alcohol abuse is not relevant, however, it is.

There are many individuals who begin taking their prescription as prescribed and develop an addiction. Percocet is known to make us feel relaxed and at ease. This feeling can be enjoyable and make individuals want to continue taking the medication. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bullitt County had approximately 17.6 of every 100 residents receiving an opioid prescription in 2019. The CDC reported that in 2020, Kentucky had the fourth-highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the country with 68.2 residents out of every 100 having an opioid prescription, at one point during the year. They were led by Alabama (80.4), Arkansas (75.8), and Tennessee (68.4). 

How Does Percocet Affect the Body?

Similar to other opioids, Percocet works by entering our bloodstream and traveling to the brain. In our brains, Percocet binds to the opioid receptors, which then change the way our bodies perceive pain. Percocet also causes our brain to release Dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. Dopamine is believed to play a role in the development of an addiction to opioids.

When someone takes a Percocet, they may experience the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constricted pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Mood shifts
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness

When compared to Oxycodone, Percocet has a higher risk of an overdose. Symptoms associated with a Percocet overdose will look similar to other opioids including Oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl. An opioid overdose is an emergency situation and can lead to death if left untreated. Symptoms associated with an opioid overdose include:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Blue tinted lips and nails
  • Shallow breathing
  • Cold or clammy skin

It is important to note that Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone can be administered by non-medical persons. After someone receives Naloxone, they still need to see a doctor. The Effects of this medication are temporary, which means there is a chance someone could overdose again once the medicine has worn off. 

What are the Signs of Percocet Abuse?

Now that we have an understanding of how Percocet affects our bodies, let’s look at how it can impact our behaviors. If someone is abusing prescribed Percocet, it is likely that they are using more than prescribed or taking it with the intention of getting high. This will lead to them running out of their supply early, which could lead to them getting more illegally.

Someone who has started purchasing Percocet illegally will quickly learn this is one of the more expensive opioids to buy. Because of this, they could decide to use other opioids, such as heroin, which is less expensive. 

Individuals who are struggling with opioid abuse become focused on using and trying to avoid withdrawal. Withdrawal from opioids is uncomfortable, so having a continuous supply of drugs can help avoid it. 

Individuals may be more irritable or moody if they are abusing opioids. Constipation is a common complaint as well. They may stop engaging in leisure activities and stop spending time with friends and family. They may also begin experiencing some consequences of their use at work. This could be decreased productivity, being late to work, poor concentration, and being impaired at work. 

Individuals who are purchasing opioids illegally are at a high risk of having legal difficulties. This could be related to the buying or selling of opioids, as well as driving while impaired. 

What Treatment is Available for Percocet Addiction?

If you have reached the point where you know you need help for your Percocet addiction, know there are professionals who are here to support you. You will likely begin with an inpatient detoxification program. Here, you will be monitored by health care professionals while you experience the inevitable withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid abuse. 

After that, you will likely be referred to an inpatient rehabilitation program. These programs can range from one to three months, depending on the severity of your addiction and any other mental health struggles you may have. 

Some individuals may choose to participate in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) after an inpatient program.  PHP programs typically include 6-8 hours of treatment, while you live at home. 

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are considered outpatient treatment and typically include 15-20 hours of group therapy each week.  You will likely be engaging in individual therapy as well. Outpatient treatment programs are typically recommended after IOP, and will include significantly fewer hours of treatment each week. You will still be engaging in group and individual sessions, regularly.

How to Find Percocet Addiction Treatment in Kentucky

When you begin looking for Percocet addiction treatment in Kentucky, there are two main ways you can go about doing this. The first, would be to receive a referral from your Primary Care Physician. The second, would be to get a referral from your insurance provider. 

Factors to consider while making your choice include, the treatment center’s location, the types of the programs they offer, the availability of specialized treatment, and the cost. 

The Robert Alexander Center for Recovery has a Kentucky Percocet addiction treatment program. We offer detoxification, inpatient rehab, PHP, and IOP programs. We tailor our approach to each individual we work with. We believe everyone deserves kindness and support in early recovery, and pride ourselves on the level of care we provide. 

For more information about the services we offer, we invite you to call (844) 522-0231 and speak with a representative today.

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