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Percocet Addiction Treatment

What is Percocet?

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain, Percocet is an opiate pain reliever consisting of the drugs Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. Derived from the active ingredient in the opium poppy, opiate pain relievers like Percocet have long been the world’s most widely used medications to treat pain. As with all opiates, Percocet’s effectiveness comes with a price – the possibility of dependence or physical addiction. When used as directed, Percocet does its job – and it does it very well. It also gives the user a feeling of euphoria and relaxation that keeps many coming back time and time again. With repeated use, the body becomes dependent, needing more to achieve the same effect and thus, the vicious cycle of addiction has begun.

Percocet Addiction

It goes without saying that individuals undergoing surgery do not open a bottle of Percocet with the intention of becoming addicted. Likewise, no one abusing painkillers does so with the hope that they will eventually suffer agonizing withdrawal after attempting to stop. When used properly, painkillers serve a vital purpose in dulling the pain from physical injury or aiding in post surgical recovery. The problem is that some of us reach the inevitable point where we decide to use more or to continue using past the recommended date. Why? Because they work – no one can fault us for that. Yet, addiction still happens and once that invisible line is crossed into physical dependence, the door is opened into a world of pain and misery far worse than we ever thought possible.

Addiction to Painkillers

Every year, millions of people become addicted to painkillers, not just because of the way they make us feel, but also because of what they allow us to not feel. Once the cycle of addiction has begun the user often becomes numb; not only in the physical sense, but also on an emotional and psychological level as well.

Treatment Options of Percocet Addiction

Treatment for addiction to Percocet and other painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, or Dilaudid is now available to anyone with the desire to stop using. Once you are ready to take the first step toward getting sober there are quite a few options:

  • Inpatient treatment- Ranging in duration of a few days to a month or more, inpatient treatment allows the addict to participate in counseling, therapy, and to begin recovery in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Outpatient Treatment – Patients spend all or part of the day at the treatment center participating in counseling for addiction. This is similar to inpatient treatment, but offers more flexibility.
  • 12 step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous – these programs offer support from other recovered addicts and consist of a 12-Step method designed to teach a person how to live without the use of drugs or alcohol. The only requirement to attend is the desire to stop using.

Regardless of the treatment method, the end goal is to not only allow a person to stop using Percocet or other drugs, but to identify the causes of their addiction and help them learn to stay sober once they leave treatment. Continued sobriety involves a lot more than just quitting, it’s a lifelong process of learning to live drug-free and for many it is the hardest step they will ever take. The truth is that help is out there for those who seek it. Millions recover every day and stay that way. If you’re looking for help with addiction, remember – you are not alone.

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