Prescription drug abuse continues to grow out of control in the United States. In 2014, nearly 6.5 million people used prescription drugs for non-medical uses. Percocet is one of these perception drugs. Below is more information about Percocet abuse and how to get help. CVRC can lead you on a path to sobriety through our Percocet addiction treatment program.
What Is Percocet? How Do People Develop an Addiction?
Percocet is a prescription painkiller that doctors give to people who have mild to severe pain. They often prescribe it for pain relief after surgeries. The drug contains acetaminophen, which is one of the ingredients in Tylenol. However, it also contains oxycodone, which is why Percocet side effects are so common.
This drug works on the central nervous system and changes how the brain receives pain signals. When people take Percocet, it triggers a release of dopamine to key areas of the brain. The dopamine makes people feel good.
Percocet offers a high that’s very similar to heroin. Most people get their first taste of it from a legitimate doctor’s prescription. Eventually, the doctor stops writing the prescription, so some people find the drug illegally. Since buying illegal Percocet is expensive, they usually turn to cheaper alternatives such as heroin.
Signs of Percocet Abuse
It can be hard to spot the signs of early abuse. During the early stages, looking for Percocet side effects is the best way to spot it. Some of the most common include:
- Slow breathing
Unfortunately, Percocet side effects are similar to other prescription drugs. Whether or not Percocet is the culprit, these symptoms should serve as a warning that something isn’t right.
It’s important to remember that simply taking Percocet doesn’t mean that people abuse the drug. As long as they take the drug as their doctors prescribe, most people can avoid Percocet addiction.
However, they don’t always take Percocet correctly. They take it in ways other than their prescription instructs, which is abuse. For example, taking the drug more often and in higher doses are forms of Percocet abuse. People who use the drug in these ways often lie about their drug use.
How Do People Continue to Buy Percocet?
If doctors know that Percocet is addictive, why do they still give it to people? In most cases, they try to cut people off before they develop an addiction. However, those who want to get their hands on more Percocet usually find a way.
For example, some of them engage in an activity that they call “doctor shopping.” This is a practice in which they visit multiple doctors to get prescriptions from each of them. They typically begin to do it once their own doctors cut them off. When they can’t find a doctor to prescribe it, they start to buy the drug illegally from street dealers.
Get Help for Percocet Abuse and Addiction at CVRC
At Crest View Recovery Center, we make it our mission to help people who suffer from Percocet abuse. We provide custom treatment plans to help them overcome drug addiction. Some of the programs and services that we offer include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Inpatient rehab
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Gender-specific treatment
- Holistic treatment
CBT is a treatment method that helps people get over physical dependence on a drug. Our goal with this therapy is to change the negative feelings and thoughts that people have. These elements usually cause the behavior that leads to and feeds an addiction. Turning them into positive thoughts and feelings can eliminate the negative behavior.
Find out what it takes to put an end to Percocet abuse at Crest View Recovery Center. Fight back against your addiction. Call us today at 866.327.2505 for more information.