Percocet Substance Abuse Overview
What is Percocet?
Percocet is a prescription medication that contains Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid that has become notorious of late due to several well-publicized instances of celebrity drug abuse involving this particular mediation. Opioids attach to receptors in the brain to diminish the feeling of pain and are highly effective when used appropriately. The relaxation and euphoria associated with this pain reduction can tempt the user to abuse the drug. As many have discovered, abuse can lead to disastrous consequences.
Opioid drugs such as Percocet are more commonly abused than any other prescription medication, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. Percocet is highly addictive. Those who are prescribed Percocet for a prolonged period may develop a tolerance to the drug, as the body adapts to the dosage. Withdrawal from the drug has prompted symptoms of psychosis in some patients, as well tremors, anxiety, insomnia, abdominal cramps and agitation.
Signs and Symptoms
It is not always easy to recognize signs and symptoms of Percocet abuse by family members and friends. Prescription drug abuse does not typically present in the same way as abuse of illegal street drugs. Many people can seem to function normally while taking excessive doses of pain medication. Problems tend to come out into the open only when long-term effects of the drug abuse become evident through an overdose, the manifestation of physical health problems or the escalation of the Percocet abuse into other dangerous drugs. You may end up being surprised at the extent of the problem, wondering how you missed the signs of Percocet abuse.
The most obvious way to recognize Percocet abuse is to look for the side effects of using the drug. Some of the most common effects of Percocet use include:
- Slow breathing
- Dry mouth
An accidental or intentional overdose of Percocet can be fatal. This powerful drug, when taken in inappropriate dosages, can cause extreme fatigue. Users may be unable to maintain consciousness and once asleep, may be extremely resistant to the attempts of others to wake them.Respiratory difficulties are the most dangerous consequence of overdose. Breathing can become shallow and slow to the point of stopping completely. Overdoses are treated with an antidote called Naloxone, which itself has numerous severe and distressing side effects. Delaying of treatment for an overdose of Percocet may result in permanent brain damage to the drug abuser.
For all treatment needs and levels of care, Inspirations’ employs a team of qualified and caring teen addiction treatment professionals, offering a Treatment Program for Adolescents/Teens, who are demonstrating destructive, rebellious, and defiant behaviors resulting in personal and family dysfunction. Our goal in teen addiction treatment is to treat the disease, build the teen’s self confidence and reunite the family. Our teen prescription drug addiction treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens self-esteem and produce long term results.
The teen addiction treatment combines a motivational program with the “accountability” concept, emphasizing, respect for family, respect for others, and a teamwork approach towards daily goals and accomplishments. During your teens enrollment to our Teen Prescription Addiction Treatment Center we will tailor a personal educational plan for your teenager. Inspirations for Youth and Families offer an “On-Site” Preparatory format school program in order for our teens to maintain High School Credits.