Conquering Percocet Addiction: You Can Do It Too
It’s a fact — opioid drugs such as Percocet accounted for three out of every four prescription-drug-related deaths in 2010. For the past nine years, the number of deaths by drug overdose has risen — soaring past other forms of trauma at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 people each year die from prescription drug overdose.
Get the Facts on Percocet Addiction
Percocet is typically prescribed to manage severe pain. When you have a tooth extracted, a broken bone or other type of painful injury — or a disease such as cancer — your doctor may prescribe this drug that’s a combination of Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Acetaminophen. While Percocet works well to deaden pain, it also typically causes feelings of relaxation and euphoria, according to the National Institute of Health. It’s these feelings of well-being that the Percocet addict becomes fixated upon. Add to this the fact that habitual Percocet users develop a tolerance for the drug which requires them to use more and more to achieve the same desired effect, and it’s easier to understand how Percocet addiction starts.
The Grim Statistics
Surprisingly, most of the people who become addicted to Percocet are introduced to it through perfectly legitimate prescriptions. Between 2004 and 2009, prescriptions for opioid analgesics like Percocet quadrupled from roughly 45 million to 180 million. Not surprisingly, overdose deaths from these same pain killers nearly tripled, according to information released by the CDC. For the past 40 years, the major causes of death among Americans have been vehicle or firearms related. All that changed in 2004. Unintentional drug overdoses, including those caused by Percocet addiction, now claim more lives annually than ever before.
Is Your Loved One Addicted?
Signs and symptoms of Percocet addiction include stupor, mental impairment, tremors, dizziness, sweating, diarrhea, insomnia, depression, anxiety and more. A person who’s addicted may exhibit classic drug-seeking behaviors:
- hopping from emergency room to emergency room,
- doctor-shopping between towns, counties and even states,
- enlisting the aid of family members to report fictitious pain in hopes of gaining a prescription,
- refusing to give a complete medical history,
- frequenting clinics and doctor’s offices just before closing,
- asking friends and family members for leftover prescriptions,
- refusing to undergo complete physical evaluations,
- attempting to buy or barter for drugs.
The Toll Addiction Takes
The most serious side effect of Percocet addiction is death. This drug, when administered incorrectly, suppresses the respiratory system, resulting in a collapse of the addict’s circulatory system, cardiac arrest and then, eventually — death. Other serious consequences of addiction include organ damage such as pancreatitis.
Because obtaining the drug takes precedence over all other aspects of the addict’s life, he may neglect vital responsibilities such as caring for children, pets and other family members. An addict may stop reporting for work, causing him to fall into financial difficulties and even financial ruin.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, addiction impacts addicts and their families in a variety of ways.
- is a contributing factor in diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS,
- has direct ties to homelessness, violence, crime and incarceration,
- is responsible for racking up increased health care costs.
Additionally, children who reside in a household where one or more parents suffers from substance abuse addiction are more subject to physical and emotional problems. They typically exhibit decreased confidence, may be more lacking in social skills and suffer academically as a result.
Treatment Options For Percocet Addiction
As any recovering addict will tell you, the first step in conquering an addiction to any type of drug is admitting that you are powerless to stop the vicious cycle by yourself. Checking yourself in to a residential treatment center is the most effective method of overcoming your Percocet addiction. This type of facility has licensed, professional doctors, counselors, therapists and support personnel who are specially trained to bring you gently down from your obsession without further damaging your health.
There is no disputing the power of surrounding yourself with supportive people. As an addict, especially a long-term one, you may have lost the support of friends and family along the way as your addiction took hold and strangled out those contacts one by one. Re-establishing a network of caring, understanding individuals who get what you’re going through because they’ve been there themselves is vital in your recovery process.
Get Help Today
If you or someone you love suffers from Percocet addiction, it’s vital that you seek help to interrupt the destructive cycle. The longer the addiction goes untreated, the more damaging it is to your body’s internal organs. Ignoring your addiction or not seeking help because you’re ashamed is inadvisable at best. At worst — it can be deadly.
Addiction is not a disease of weakness. It does not mean you’re a person of weak character because you’re locked in battle with a prescription drug. According to 2010 findings published by The National Institute of Drug Abuse, approximately 7 million Americans suffer from some sort of prescription drug addiction. If this includes you or someone you know, now is the time to act.
At Cliffside Malibu we treat you as a whole person, not just like an addict. Our exceptional results will get you back on the road to recovery where a day consists of more than just making it from one hour to the next.
You’ll witness a return of feelings that have been gone so long you’d forgotten they ever existed — happiness, peace, joy and above all — hope. You’ll witness the return of your physical health as the insomnia, anxiety and depression recede. You’ll rejoin the family and friends that your addiction managed to alienate through the years. You’ll be restored to the kind and caring parent, child, spouse and friend that you once were and that you were always meant to be.
If this restoration of inner peace sounds like something you want for yourself or your loved one, contact the caring staff at Cliffside Malibu today. It’s the best first step you’ll ever take.