Percocet is one of the most widely used and prescribed painkillers for relieving moderate to severe levels of pain. It comes in pill form and if it is used as prescribed, it’s an extremely effective painkiller that will not become addictive. However, if it is abused, physical and mental dependence and addiction can occur. Common symptoms of addiction for Percocet include:
• A high tolerance — needing to take more and more of the drug in order to receive the same or a desired effect. • Changing its form — some abusers may crush Percocet into a fine powder or chew it for a faster high. This can potentially result in overdose. • Mood and behavior changes — Becoming angry, volatile, hostile, anxious or agitated, especially between “fixes” of the drug. • Compulsive usage — Craving Percocet and doing whatever it takes to get more of it, even if adverse physical, social or psychological consequences are experienced. • Dependence — the experiencing of physical withdrawal symptoms if a dose of Percocet is missed. • Financial issues — money problems associated with the need to purchase more and more of the drug. • Secretive or deceitful behavior — Using dishonest methods in order to obtain the drug. • Doctor shopping — Having multiple prescriptions from more than one doctor. • Illegal procurement of the drug — Buying Percocet on the street. All of these signs are a strong indication that an addiction to Percocet is in effect.
Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
As with many opiate addictions, suddenly discontinuing the usage of Percocet can result in convulsion or seizure in chronic abusers. The withdrawal symptoms of Percocet tend to usually occur within 6 to 8 hours following the last dose of the drug. Symptoms can include: * A fever * Anxiety * Flu-like symptoms * Severe stomach ache * Nausea and/or vomiting * Muscle pain * Insomnia * Sweating * Runny nose and eyes
The signs of percocet overdose include: * Extreme sleepiness and/or drowsiness * Slowed heartbeat/weak pulse * Low blood pressure * Bluish skin or fingernails * Yellowish skin or eyes * Difficulty breathing * Vomiting * Sweating * Coma * Heart attack
Detoxing On Your Own From Percocet
Detoxing from Percocet on your own is attempted by some individuals who believe they can handle it and they think they have to handle it all on their own. They may have started on Percocet for legitimate reasons such as coping with pain from an auto accicent or injury and became addicted gradually over time. Weaning yourself off Percocet many times is very difficult, both physically and mentally. Going to a facility and seeking support are always better options, but to wean yourself off Percocet, the best way to do so is to taper off the drug very slowly and gradually. For example, if you have been currently taking three Percocet pills per day, start taking 2 and 1/2 for several days. Then taper down to just two per day for a few days, 1 and 1/2, etc., until gradually you are down to taking none at all. It’s a difficult process and requires some willpower, but after you have completely stopped using Percocet for a few days, you will feel great. You’ll invariably feel better physically as well as mentally knowing what you have accomplished. However, few users are able to accomplish this successfully on their own; there are too many temptations for ramping up the dosage of Percocet without supervision and support.
Inpatient Percocet Detox in a Rehab Setting
Physical dependency on Percocet often causes severe withdrawal symptoms, and requires a gradual detox in order to avoid convulsions and seizures. Percocet detox likely requires medication like methadone, Chlondine and Buprenorphine to help with alleviating severe withdrawal symptoms. Once the body has completely detoxed, the next step of Percocet detox begins: treating the mental addiction to Percocet. Even if the addict genuinely wants to quit using Percocet, their mind and physiology will continue to “tell” them that they need more Percocet in order to function and feel at ease. Undergoing addiction treatment at a Percocet rehab provides the safe and supportive environment an addicted person needs in order to truly and completely overcome a Percocet addiction.
Why Detox Methods and Treatment Matter
Detox is an essential first step on the road to recovery. When you use drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, dangerous and harmful toxins build up in your system. The detoxification process works to eliminate these toxins and free you from your physiological dependence on alcohol or drugs. Once you are free of the physiological addiction, your body and mind are prepared for the therapeutic work that follows in the next stage of treatment.
Detox at Cliffside Malibu
At Cliffside Malibu, we create individual plans for our clients in every stage of treatment, including detox. Our detox methods are successful because we put great care and planning into the alleviation of the physical symptoms of your withdrawal. Our programs employ an advanced range of medical therapies, all tailored to particular forms of addiction. Detoxification from alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs all require specialized medical expertise. An individualized, professionally managed detox program is the foundation for achieving meaningful and lasting sobriety.
Understanding Your Detox Program
Your detox program helps your body recover from the physical dependencies associated with addiction in a safe, supportive environment. Drug addiction works by warping an addict’s metabolism so that he or she literally needs the drugs to sustain normal functioning. Drug and alcohol detox work by gently weaning your body off of the harmful chemicals it was depending on to function and allowing for the restoration of normal metabolic function. Remember, “comfortable detox” doesn’t have to be a contradiction in terms.
Here’s what you can expect during detoxification.
A qualified addiction specialist will supervise your detox process. Your treatment is personalized to meet your needs. Programs differ based on a patient’s overall health, the types of substances used, the duration used, and the amount used. Comfort during the process is of the highest importance. We insist on proper nutrition, a peaceful setting, and expert staff to help you navigate through the withdrawal process.
Detox and Drug Rehab
It’s important to reiterate that detox is the beginning of the drug rehab process, not the end. A successful detox process is vital to your prospects for long-term recovery, especially since the time you spend in this phase of your recovery is the foundation for everything that follows it. Those who receive only detox support with no other treatment will almost always return to substance abuse, usually in the short term. Cliffside Malibu integrates detox as intimately as possible with our drug rehabilitation programs, so that clients can build on the momentum they’ve attained during detox in order to successfully navigate the comprehensive addiction treatment that comes next. Remember, addiction recovery is a process that requires full participation and effort. But make no mistake, the effort is worth it. To get sober is to rediscover the world as you used to know it and yourself as you used to be; it is to remember why you ever believed life was worth living in the first place. And it all starts with detox. Call us now at 800-501-1988.