Opiates are among the most addictive substances in the U.S. So many people are being prescribed painkillers, whether it be for acute pain or chronic pain, and end up having addiction by the time they are done with their prescription. The main drug found in most prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, is an opioid called Oxycodone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. In 2017, prescription opioids continue to contribute to the epidemic in the U.S. – they were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths.
Percocet is an Addictive Opioid-Based Narcotic
When you hear about opioid overdoses you assume it is because of an illicit drug, such as heroin or fentanyl, but it is just as easy to overdose on prescription opioids. Percocet is one of the most frequently prescribed narcotic painkillers. Doctors prescribe Percocet to curb pain caused by post-surgery pain and/or illnesses. When taken as prescribed, it has been proven very successful in treating pain and allowing people to function normally in their everyday lives. But, unfortunately, there has been prescription opioid abuse and overdoses that are plaguing our country. And one such drug, which is one of the most popular, is Percocet.
The Reasons Behind Percocet Being an Addictive Drug
Percocet is prescribed to patients mainly for short-term relief of moderate to severe pain typically from a surgery or injury. Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system by changing the way the brain perceives pain just like heroin and morphine. And just like heroin, Percocets affect the brain the same way by delivering feelings of pleasure as well as releasing dopamine. When you take Percocet in large doses you can feel a feeling of euphoria and a “high” similar to heroin.
More About Percocet Addiction and Abuse
Percocet is both physically and emotionally addictive. Prescription drug abuse usually develops without the individual realizing it until it begins to control their life. Once addicted the person will exceed the dosage prescribed or seek to illegally obtain more of the drug after the time prescribed by their physician. Many people, may think Percocet and other prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, like heroin and cocaine because they are prescribed by a doctor, but this a mistake. Unfortunately, however, Percocet abuse can lead to the same dangerous problems of dependence and addiction as the illicit street drugs that share their origin. You can easily get hooked on Percocet pills and getting off them on your own is not easy because of the Percocet detox symptoms and intense cravings.
What Does Percocet Medication Contain?
Percocet is the name for a prescription pain reliever that combines:
- Oxycodone – this is a narcotic opioid painkiller with similar effects as heroin and morphine
- Acetaminophen – the main ingredient in Tylenol, is a mild pain reliever and fever reducer
Detox and Treatment for Percocet Dependence
Just like any other drug that is taken more than prescribed, there runs the risk of overdose. Also if abruptly stopping the drug, there most likely will be withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one is physically dependent on Percocets, Evoke Wellness at Cohasset can help you get back your life. Our facilities are staffed by experienced and compassionate professionals, including licensed therapists and psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and highly qualified support staff. Our team members are extremely understanding and treat each client with an unmatched level of respect. Evoke Wellness at Cohasset is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, which shows our dedication to offering the highest quality of addiction care for each person that steps through our doors.