Percocet is the brand name for a prescription opioid painkiller medication made from a combination of oxycodone (OxyContin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). The medication is usually prescribed to treat pain. However, it also induces feelings of relaxation and calmness, and also helps to reduce anxiety, leading some people to continue taking it in order to feel good or to relieve stress.
This opioid drug that has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Taking Percocet regularly over a period of time causes significant changes to the brain’s chemistry. After a while, the brain becomes unable to produce natural hormones and neurotransmitters without the artificial stimulation of more Percocet. At this point the person is considered dependent.
Taking any prescription medication like Percocet in any way other than how it’s prescribed by a medical professional can lead to physical dependence and opioid withdrawal, which requires professional detox treatment.
Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins from the body. Percocet withdrawal treatment programs are designed to help the recovering person reduce the severity of any symptoms that may emerge during the withdrawal stage.
Anyone struggling to end a cycle of Percocet abuse or addiction should consider a Percocet detox program. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 91 people die every day in the United States from an opioid drug overdose. In fact, the number of fatalities caused by opioids like heroin and prescription painkiller medications is now higher than the number of deaths caused by car accidents and gun violence.
Detox breaks the body’s physical dependency on the drug. However, if intake stops suddenly, the person may experience painful Percocet withdrawal symptoms as the brain tries to adapt to the lack of stimulus.
By comparison, professional Percocet detox treatments are designed to reduce the severity of any withdrawal symptoms and make the process much smoother for the recovering person.
The length of time it takes to detox from Percocet varies from person to person. Some of the factors that determine a detox timeline include:
- The length of time the drug was being taken
- The dosage being taken and frequency of use
- Whether the person was taking more than one substance
- The presence of any coexisting mental health conditions that may also trigger addictive substance abuse behaviors
- The patient’s individual health condition at the time of treatment
- Any previous detox attempts
It’s common for many people to believe that they can detox from Percocet at home. There is a belief that all they need to do is stop taking the drug, put up with a few days of discomfort due to withdrawal symptoms, and then they’ll somehow be cured.
In reality, the symptoms of Percocet withdrawal can be more severe than many people realize. In some cases, the symptoms may require medical treatment, so it can be dangerous to detox without professional assistance.
Some of the more common opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Runny nose, teary eyes and flulike symptoms
- Excessive yawning or sneezing
- Abdominal cramping
- Muscles aches
- Irritability and agitation
The severity of symptoms will depend heavily on the level of physical dependency the person has developed during use and the length of time the drug was being taken.
During professional Percocet detox treatments, medical professionals may prescribe treatment medications to make the process easier on the patient. As Percocet is a narcotic opioid medication, the treatment can be similar to treating someone with a heroin addiction.
Medications used during detox include:
- Aspirin or ibuprofen
- Anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications
Seeking professional help to overcome Percocet addiction is the first step on the road to recovery. The detox process helps to break the body’s physical dependency, but on its own won’t address the underlying psychological triggers behind addictive drug use.
Once the detox process is complete, specialized behavioral therapy and counseling can begin to correct dysfunctional behaviors and replace them with healthy coping skills for living a productive, drug-free lifestyle.
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