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Stages Of Percocet Withdrawal

Your doctor might prescribe you the drug Percocet after you’ve gone through surgery or for moderate to moderately severe pain due to another reason. Percocet is a prescription drug that combines acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, with oxycodone, an opioid pain reliever.

Like other opioid painkillers such as morphine and codeine, Percocet has the potential to be problematic because it is habit-forming. Have you been taking Percocet and now experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop? Or maybe you don’t want to stop or don’t think you’ll be able to. Whether or not you started Percocet with a prescription, it can turn into misuse if you take more of the drug without your doctor’s approval and to illicit use if you obtain more illegally.

If your Percocet use has turned into abuse, dependence or addiction, treatment can help. With the support of professionals, you can stop the downhill path of addiction and get your life back on track.

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How is Percocet Addictive?

The oxycodone part of Percocet is habit-forming, so it’s possible that your prescription could turn into dependency and addiction. The more you take it, your body could get used to receiving the drug, leading to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms—such as a fast heart rate, anxiety and restlessness—when you try to stop taking it. When it’s time to stop your prescription to Percocet, your doctor will have you taper off it to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Like other opioids, Percocet connects itself to brain receptors, signaling the brain to release the brain chemical dopamine, which is associated with reward, pleasure and other processes. The brain adapts to Percocet signaling it to release dopamine rather than continuing to release it on its own. When you stop using the Percocet, you are likely to go through withdrawal symptoms until your brain goes back to its normal dopamine functioning.

While you would often receive this painkiller for as-needed or temporary pain, a doctor will sometimes recommend that you take it continuously or in higher doses. While these actions might help if you have severe pain or need a higher dose because of an opioid tolerance, these actions can lead you down the path toward addiction.

Physical dependence is just one part of addiction that you might experience. You can also feel like you can’t stop taking the drug or don’t want to even though it’s causing various problems in your life. Drug abuse can lead to mental, physical, social and other problems. If those problems don’t get you to stop abusing the drug, that’s a sign of addiction.

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Treatment for Opioid Addiction

An addiction treatment professional can assess you to diagnose an opioid use disorder, which is the technical term encompassing abuse and addiction. You can also be diagnosed with a co-occurring substance disorder—which means you’re addicted to a separate substance, such as alcohol—or mental illness, such as depression.

At Transformations Treatment Center, we create an individualized treatment plan that will take your diagnosis and the rest of your situation into account. We tailor your treatment to your unique needs to give you the best chance at a successful recovery.

Treatment for an opioid use disorder often includes both detox and rehab programs. The detox stage of recovery helps make the withdrawal process safer, easier and more effective. We provide this step through our facility Summit Detox, and our addiction professionals can provide the right combination of medical monitoring, tapering off the Percocet and providing medication that eases symptoms.

Rehab treatment starts when you have the substance out of your body and are ready to work on the addiction. During this stage of recovery, you can take part in individual, group and family therapy and other components that focus on different aspects of your addiction. At Transformations Treatment Center, we provide a holistic approach, because we understand that addiction doesn’t only affect one part of your life.

We also offer different levels and tracks within our programs. Depending on your needs, we might suggest you take part in our partial hospitalization, outpatient or intensive outpatient programs. By providing multiple options, we ensure that we can create a treatment program you will gain value from and want to stick with.

Once you have completed our rehab program, we enter you in aftercare. This is because it usually takes longer than the time in treatment to fully recover from an addiction. During rehab, we give you tools and support that will guide your way forward, and then you will need to apply that foundation to your everyday life. With our aftercare program, we check in to see if you’re struggling and need a lifeline.

If you or your loved ones notice signs that you’re abusing or addicted to Percocet, treatment can help you stop this pattern and develop a healthier way of living. Contact us at Transformations Treatment Center to learn about an individualized plan for you.

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