Percocet addiction is a severe mental health disorder that often requires professional intervention in order for people to achieve recovery. Like other substance use disorders, Percocet addiction is chronic, progressive, and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms if somebody stops using. Fortunately, quality, evidence-based Percocet addiction treatment options are available to help people overcome their addiction and achieve recovery.

What Is Percocet Addiction?

Percocet addiction is a form of substance use disorder that centers on misuse of the prescription painkiller Percocet. Percocet is an opioid, which is a drug class that includes substances such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl, OxyContin, and Vicodin. As such, Percocet abuse carries many of the same risks and dangers as these other powerful drugs.

In a medical setting, Percocet is prescribed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Treating moderate to severe pain
  • Helping people to recover from surgery
  • Relieving pain that is not controlled by non-opioid painkillers

Despite its legal status, Percocet has a high potential for addiction.

Alongside its pain-relieving effects, Percocet can create a powerful sensation of euphoria and relaxation. Taking Percocet floods the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, the chemical messenger that is responsible for the feeling of reward. When people take Percocet for extended periods, with or without a prescription, they can develop the telltale signs and symptoms of addiction to Percocet.

Risk Factors for Percocet Addiction

There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood that a person will develop a Percocet addiction. These include:

  • Prior substance use concerns
  • A family history of substance use disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Exposure to traumatic events
  • Taking Percocet at a young age

Even without these risk factors, people can develop Percocet addiction if they abuse Percocet for just a few days or weeks.

Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Abuse

Percocet addiction can negatively influence a person’s entire life. Substance use disorders can affect people’s physical and mental health, as well as interfere with their ability to maintain social relationships and succeed in their work or academic goals.

Physical Symptoms

Percocet abuse is extremely taxing on the body. The physical effects of Percocet addiction include:

  • Sudden weight changes
  • Liver damage
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleeping at odd hours
  • Constant drowsiness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Frequent itchiness
  • Withdrawal symptoms

The longer a person abuses Percocet, the more likely they are to experience severe physical effects.

Behavioral Symptoms

Percocet abuse affects more than just the body. It creates structural changes in the brain, which often lead to behavioral changes and symptoms that can last for extended periods.

Behavioral symptoms of Percocet addiction include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Inability to stop using Percocet on your own
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation

The signs of opioid addiction can also include behaviors such as stealing, lying, or attempting to hide their substance use from others.

Social Symptoms

Finally, Percocet addiction can have severe social consequences as well, such as:

  • Losing your job
  • Not being able to maintain important relationships
  • Hurting your family and loved ones
  • Shifting social groups

For many, the social consequences of Percocet addiction are the most severe and can be the longest lasting.

Treating Percocet Addiction

Treating Percocet addiction is a multi-stage process that is completed with the help of a team of addiction and medical professionals. The different levels of care offered at Percocet addiction treatment facilities focus on different aspects of overcoming Percocet addiction and work together to ensure that clients have the tools to achieve lasting sobriety.

Medical Detox

The first stage of Percocet addiction treatment is medical detox. Detox focuses on helping people overcome the physical symptoms of Percocet abuse — specifically Percocet withdrawal. When people use Percocet for extended periods, they often face severe flu-like symptoms when they suddenly stop. Left untreated, many will return to active substance abuse rather than deal with these withdrawals.

People withdrawing from Percocet experience symptoms such as:

  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue

During medical detox, specific medications can be administered that vastly reduce these symptoms and make achieving abstinence much easier.

However, medical detox alone is not sufficient for achieving lasting sobriety. It must be followed by quality Percocet addiction treatment for people to build the skills needed for recovery.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient Percocet addiction treatment is the most common form of treatment following detox. Outpatient treatment comes in three distinct levels of care. Ranked from the most intense form of treatment to the least, these levels of care include:

  1. Partial hospitalization programs
  2. Intensive outpatient programs
  3. Outpatient programs

During outpatient treatment, people recovering from Percocet addiction learn the skills required to maintain their sobriety and overcome the symptoms of their substance use disorder. At Harmony Healing Center, we prioritize delivering evidence-based treatment for Percocet addiction in our outpatient programs, which have been proven to help people achieve long-term abstinence.

This includes treatment and therapies such as:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, clients meet with a therapist one-on-one to discuss their challenges, successes, and concerns. Individual therapy offers the highest level of personalized treatment, as your therapist can help with issues unique to your situation.

Group Therapy

In group therapy, clients meet with a peer group that is also working toward recovery. Group therapy helps build social support for recovery, gives clients an opportunity to share effective coping strategies with each other, and provides a space to vent about life’s troubles.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment combines targeted psychotherapy with medications that have been proven to help people get and stay sober.

Self-Help Support Groups

This includes groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART recovery. These groups are based upon community support and have their own principles and strategies for helping people recover. Like other treatment methods, these support groups have proven themselves to be effective tools for creating sobriety.

Evidence-Based Treatment for Percocet Addiction at Harmony Healing Center

When you’re ready to begin addiction treatment, reach out to the professionals at Harmony Healing Center by filling out our confidential online contact form. We know how difficult it can seem to overcome Percocet addiction — but it is possible, and our team can help show you the way.