Percocet Addiction Treatment Programs
Physicians prescribe Percocet to reduce moderate to severe pain. Most patients who use Percocet do not become addicted. However, the pleasant feeling the drug produces prompts some patients to take more than their doctors recommend or to abuse the medicine by chewing or otherwise altering the tablets to get the medicine into their systems faster. As the body adapts, this behavior leads to an increased tolerance where achieving the same high requires larger amounts of the drug. Eventually, the patient moves from merely wanting the drug to experiencing such irresistible cravings for it. This is when Percocet addiction treatment becomes necessary. If you think you or someone you care about may have become addicted, our trained advisors can help you find comprehensive treatment near your home. Call our helpline at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers?.
Signs That You Are Addicted to Percocet
In many cases, dependency is such an insidious process that it’s difficult to determine the precise point at which drug abuse turns into drug addiction. However, a number of signs point to the likelihood that you or your loved one needs Percocet abuse treatment. The first is an increase in use resulting from the higher tolerance. In addition, an addicted patient often becomes very nervous and angry as each dose wears off, especially if the next dose isn’t immediately available. Percocet addicts may lie, cheat, or steal to get another fix, and these addicts are undeterred by problems caused by their behavior. In the meantime, Percocet affects patients’ minds, rending them increasingly incapable of thinking clearly, attending to responsibilities, and maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends. Percocet abuse also leads to physical illness due to withdrawal when too much time passes between doses. Symptoms of unmedicated Percocet withdrawal include fever, convulsions, seizures, excessive perspiration, vomiting and stomach pain, aching muscles, and watery eyes and nose. The patient may explain away these symptoms by attributing them to the ‘flu. Furthermore, addiction leaves a patient prone to overdose, which can cause cardiac and respiratory distress.
Help for Percocet Addicts
Detox Centers and Withdrawal Treatment
One of the first steps toward addiction treatment is Percocet detox to remove the drug from the patient’s system through a medically supervised withdrawal process. Patients need to slowly wean off the drug because stopping it suddenly can trigger some of the severe symptoms mentioned earlier. As part of rehab, doctors prescribe one or more medications and offer emotional support to help patients through the discomfort they experience during the detoxification process.
Inpatient Percocet Rehab
A patient who requires twenty-four-hour, seven-day-a-week support to work through the Percocet abuse treatment process can participate in an inpatient Percocet rehab program in which that person lives at the treatment facility for the duration of the treatment. Inpatient treatment, which lasts for weeks, months, or even a year or longer, consists of individual and group counseling sessions that help patients identify the factors that led to their addictions and learn the coping skills they need for sobriety. Although the familiar twelve-step programs are part of many residential programs, addiction counselors use a range of treatments that include behavior and motivational therapies. This intensive, fully immersive environment allows patients to focus on recovery without the distractions of life outside the Percocet treatment facility. Patients have access to medical care during their stays.
Intensive Outpatient Rehab
Some patients have success with outpatient Percocet treatment centers. Outpatient treatment allows the patient to remain at home, in familiar surroundings, and participate in work and social activities while undergoing addiction treatment. Outpatient rehabs use the same therapeutic tools inpatient facilities use, but outside of the highly structured environment inpatient treatment involves. The primary benefit of outpatient therapy is that it causes less disruption to a patient’s life. However, that’s also its primary risk-the patient’s ongoing exposure to the factors that contributed to Percocet addiction during a very vulnerable time and one where the danger of relapse looms large.
Aftercare/Addiction Counseling/Sober Living
Whereas inpatient and outpatient treatment both prepare patients to establish healthy, productive lifestyles free of Percocet abuse, some patients need ongoing support after their primary treatments end. Aftercare programs provide additional counseling and support for sober living. Such programs take many forms, from twelve-step meetings to individual and group counseling to residential programs that help patients transition to life outside of inpatient treatment facilities.
Choose to Quit Percocet Now/Stage an Intervention for a Loved One
If Percocet abuse affects you or someone you care about, this is the time to break free of the devastating effects of addiction. You won’t have to do it alone. Call 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? to talk to one of our substance abuse treatment advisors about finding help for you or your loved one. The advisor will explain a number of options, including an intervention to help your friend or family member face the impact their addiction has on their life and on the lives theirs touches. Although you and other concerned individuals can plan the intervention on your own or with guidance from a professional resource our advisors provide for you, allowing a facilitator or substance abuse counselor to take the lead increases the chance that the intervention will result in the Percocet abuser agreeing to enter treatment at a facility that has prepared in advance to receive him or her.