Prescription drugs are one of the primary causes of substance abuse, today. The surplus of painkillers that have been prescribed for the last two decades have led to a dangerous culture of abuse and addiction. Few prescriptions showcase this dangerous paradigm like Percocet, which is one of the most widely abused painkillers, today.
Percocet is a branded painkiller that is a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen. While acetaminophen is a fairly standard and relatively tame compound, oxycodone is an opioid that impacts the brain’s ability to create dopamine, which leads to a substance that is both physically and mentally addictive. While Percocet really does have tremendous utility as a painkiller, the irresponsibility with which it has been distributed has led to a situation where its abuse rates continue to rise, year over year.
Recognizing Percocet Abuse
It is important to recognize if a loved one is suffering from Percocet addiction, or if you are developing a dependence to the drug. This can be difficult, as the lines often get blurred between the effects of the pain you are treating and the effects of substance abuse. However, here are some key signs to recognizing Percocet abuse:
- Psychosocial symptoms, such as aggression, agitation, anger, and mood swings
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Impaired judgement
- Sudden weight loss
- Impaired speech
- Low blood pressure
- Sleeping difficulties
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Coordination issues
- Social issues, such as homelessness, financial problems, family dysfunction, and ruined relationships
- Percocet overdoses (involving breathing problems and blacking out)
Effects of Percocet Withdrawals
Because of the presence of oxycodone in Percocet, continuous abuse of this painkiller can lead to a person’s mind and body developing dependence to the drug. The more often you or a loved one uses Percocet, the more difficult it is for your body to function like it should, or for your brain to produce dopamine, which is a chemical that induces happiness. Because of this, weaning somebody off of Percocet can be challenging, as it leads to withdrawals. Here are some of the symptoms of Percocet withdrawals:
- Sleeping troubles
- Shifts in body temperature (hot and cold flashes)
- Physical tremors
- Intense agitation and anger
- Watery eyes and nose
Call for Percocet Rehab!
Getting a loved one with Percocet addiction into treatment can be challenging, as addiction often has a powerful hold over their behavior, but it is crucial to do so if you are going to save your relationship and, potentially, their lives. Please give our team at Renaissance Ranch IOP a call, today! Our team can answer any questions about Percocet rehab that you may have!