The painkiller Percocet is highly addictive. If you’re looking for help to quit using the drug, here are some tips and general information.Percocet is the brand name for the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen, used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone, the opiate analgesic of the drug, which is what makes it so addictive. So, if you’ve become addicted, how can you treat it?
Withdrawal & Detox
The first step to treating a Percocet addiction is to rid your body of the drug. When you discontinue using the drug abruptly, you are susceptible to experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Because of this, seeking guidance from a medical professional is a must. Work with a healthcare official to determine what’s best for you, and they will help you develop a tapering plan to slowly wean yourself off the drug, or provide supervision if you’d rather go through a quicker detox. Doctors will sometimes prescribe clonidine, buprenorphine, or naloxone to help lessen side effects during withdrawal periods.
Physical & Mental Health
On top of experiencing physical side effects when detoxing from Percocet, your mental health may be subject to some changes. If you’ve used the drug heavily for a long period of time, you may be affected by persistent depression and relentless cravings. Getting help from a mental health professional during detox is as important as seeking medical help for the physical side effects. A psychologist or psychiatrist can also help you with behavioral changes you’ll need to address after detoxing. You’ll need to confront the reasons why you were pushed to take the drug in the first place. This will help deter Percocet abuse in the future.
If you’re thinking about detoxing but are worried about being alone during the process, there are many things you can do to find support. Your family and friends can help you research doctors and treatment centers, as well as help coordinate travel to appointments. Your general physician is also a great resource for support. Doctors have connections to medical facilities everywhere, and can help suggest a treatment center, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc…that’s best for you. Support groups can be a wonderful program to aid in recovery. You could seek out a virtual support group by joining an online forum and discuss your experience with others. There are also addiction groups you can travel to and talk to people in real life for support. Lastly, if you’d like to enter a rehab facility to help you detox, there are many professional treatment centers that can help you recover in a more intense environment. This may be a good option if you are worried about relapsing while detoxing at home, and in the future.If you have questions about Percocet detox, several addiction helplines exist and are a great tool to use.
1-800-622-HELP – A federal directory of addiction treatment centers and detox clinics.
1-800-840-6537 – A federal parent hotline.
1-800-273-TALK – A federal suicide prevention helpline.
We are also happy to help answer any questions and discuss plans for Percocet detox at our treatment facility.