Blog, Resource, & Helpline for those battling Percocet addiction

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Percocet is a powerful narcotic painkiller that is highly addictive. Unlike the recreational opiates it is related to – heroin and opium – Percocet dependency often happens after completely legitimate, legal, prescribed use. If you have become addicted to Percocet, you need help to get clean for good. Fortunately the best help in the world is just a phone call away.

How Does Percocet Addiction Happen?

Percocet is a synthetic opiate – or “opioid” – that blocks pain by binding to specialized chemical receptors in the brain and preventing them from transmitting pain messages in the central nervous system. In the process of blocking moderate to severe physical pain, it also blocks the symptoms of emotional or psychological distress. Percocet provides noticeable, short-lived relief for people suffering from a wide range of mental disorders, including the following:

  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Borderline personality disorders
  • Compulsive behavior disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Insecurity or self-esteem deficiencies

If you have struggled with emotional or psychological disorders such as these you may be unknowingly self-medicating with Percocet. The greatest likelihood for lasting healing of both your addiction and the underlying emotional disorder is through caring, integrated treatment.

Who Does Percocet Addiction Affect?

Although Percocet addiction most commonly affects people with a co-occurring psychological disorder, or someone who has a genetic predisposition toward chemical dependency, this disease can affect anyone, such as:

  • Young mothers
  • Professional or student athletes
  • Spiritual leaders
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Grandparents
  • School teachers
  • Business executives

Percocet is most often prescribed for short-term relief of moderate to severe pain following surgery or injury. This can be anybody. Some people feel the pain-blocking effects begin to fade as their body builds a tolerance to the drug, and as a result, they take more than prescribed in order to feel the original effects. A small number of people take Percocet specifically for the euphoric high it offers. This type of abuse leads to addiction very quickly.

How Can I Get Clean From Percocet?

In order to successfully put your Percocet addiction to rest, you must receive comprehensive treatment for the physical and psychological aspects of the disease as well as thorough and careful treatment of any co-occurring disorders that may be feeding the disease. This is best accomplished through innovative and well-proven inpatient rehab. Quality programs are the ones that will develop a customized treatment plan for your specific needs and will likely include some combination of these evidence-based therapeutic tools:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Support group meetings
  • 12-Step programs
  • Spiritual and emotional care
  • Education about the causes, functioning and treatment of addiction
  • Instruction on healthy relaxation and coping techniques, including meditation or yoga
  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Outdoor activity programs like ropes courses, adventure therapy or equine therapy

The most successful programs accomplish this in comfortable, restful environments that focus on healing, peace and personal growth. Being able to retreat from the pressure and stress of normal day-to-day life allows you to focus on your own healing process.

Where Should I Turn For Help?

Confronting a disease like Percocet addiction is daunting. The psychological power of addiction can make it difficult for you to admit that you have a problem and seek the help you need. Your mind may be feeding you all kinds of damaged ideas:

  • I might take too much Percocet, but I can fix it on my own.
  • I really need my Percocet, or the pain will come back.
  • I’m not a “drug addict”—I just have an issue with these pills.
  • I don’t need rehab; I’m fine.
  • I can’t let my friends and family down by admitting that I have an addiction problem.
  • What will happen to my career if I go to rehab?
  • I can’t afford rehab; I’ll just try to wean myself off Percocet alone.

Percocet directly affects the same part of the brain that manages impulse control, emotions, memory and anxiety issues. It is also the same area that reinforces behaviors and forms habits. Your mind will use all of these psychological tools against any desire you have to get clean. It can be hard to understand, but our emotions can drive our behaviors much more powerfully than our rational minds. If you feel yourself making excuses for not getting help, this is likely the process that is happening in your mind. You need help and we are here for you.

Get Help for Percocet Addiction

Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night and share your concerns with one of our specially trained addiction counselors. They can answer any questions you may have and can connect you with the best treatment options for your exact needs. You should never feel ashamed to reach out for help. Percocet addiction is a disease. Like many diseases, it just needs the right treatment for you to find the healing you crave. Call today and let us help you take the first steps toward freedom from Percocet addiction.