Percocet is a powerful opioid pain medication made from two main ingredients: Oxycodone and acetaminophen. Prescribed by doctors, Percocet helps patients with moderate to severe pain. Although the drug is intended for short-term use, because of its potency, individuals can become addicted. Prescription opioids are very effective medications. However, they can alter brain chemistry even when people follow their doctor’s instructions to the letter due to their strength. When dependency occurs, an individual needs to take more Percocet and maintain normal body functions. This is the nature of addiction. Fortunately, Northern Illinois Recovery Center offers a comprehensive prescription drug addiction treatment program.
Why Percocet is Popular
Like any drug taken outside defined instructions, Percocet abuse can cause an overdose. Severe side effects range from physical health issues to mental health disorders to fatality. Therefore, anyone who has an addiction to Percocet should seek professional help from our addiction treatment center.
If you take Oxycodone pills for an extended period, the Percocet high will eventually wear off as your body becomes tolerant of the substance. As a result, you may increase the dosage of Percocet to continue getting high. The increase in dosage can lead to an overdose or a long-term dependency that is hard to quit.
The most preferred method of taking the drug is snorting. This produces a Percocet high up to five times faster than swallowing a pill. When you snort the drug, it bypasses your stomach and goes straight into your system. As a result, you may start to get high within 15 minutes of snorting the drug. By comparison, it can take over an hour to feel the same high when you swallow the pill.
Percocet Side Effects
Snorting or abusing the drug presents a wide range of psychological and physical side effects. One of the greatest risks of a Percocet high is damage to the blood vessels. Oxycodone can also harm your throat and respiratory system. Common symptoms of overdosing on Percocet include:
- Chronic sinus infections
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Abdominal pain
- Severe headaches
- Problems swallowing
Other risks include sleep apnea, congestion, inability to smell, lung infections, sores in the mouth and nose, pneumonia. Prolonged use of Percocet may include respiratory or circulatory disease, heart failure, psychosis, seizures, or a coma.
Percocet Addiction Treatment
Treatment for Percocet addiction often includes detox, rehab, and extended care. Our detox center provides 24/7 supervision to monitor patients to ensure they don’t develop complications and treat them immediately. When flushing the substance out of one’s system, the body can be put under a great amount of strain, causing dramatic changes in blood pressure or heart rate, for example. Also, the strain of withdrawal symptoms may cause other underlying physical health issues to worsen. During detox, our staff may administer medication to help with withdrawal symptoms, should they be severe.
A detox center also ensures that you complete the program so that you can transition into rehab. Without detox, you have a greater chance of relapsing. Once you complete your detox, you can continue your treatment in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center. A therapist can work with you to develop a plan for long-term recovery.
Discover How Northern Illinois Recovery Can Help
While a Percocet high may produce pleasurable feelings, it can lead to devastating consequences. Now is the time to end your addiction. Northern Illinois Recovery Center can help. We offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for all types of addictions, such as:
- Alcohol addiction
- Barbiturate addiction
- Benzo addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Heroin addiction
- Meth addiction
- Opiate addiction
- Opioid addiction
- Xanax addiction