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Improve Your Chances of Beating Percocet and Other Opioids

Opioid addiction is a community problem that has been gaining increased awareness in recent years. The reason behind this is that more and more people become dependent on opioid-based medications despite warnings and tight regulations.

In 2012, 72% of the over twenty-two thousand deaths by overdose were caused by opioid-based medications. These numbers are of concern because, upon comparison with previous years, we discover that the problem is on the rise.

Percocet addiction, for example, has been responsible for many of these cases. Particularly with recreational users, Percocet addiction develops fast as dependence sets in and the addict continues abusing the substance. Among the principal dangers of opioid abuse we have potential death upon overdose; respiratory and heart failure are the main causes.

But recent addiction studies have found that, perhaps part of the issue lies with the way health services approach addiction treatment. With opioid addiction, the first option of care recommended is still in many cases an outpatient program based on medications that counteract opioids—naloxone/ buprenorphine—and outpatient 12-step groups.

In a recent study by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), it was found that opioid-dependent patients were more likely to maintain sobriety after participating in an inpatient addiction treatment program rather than an outpatient one. The results were outstanding, with 30% of inpatient participants staying clean after a year after receiving a one-month treatment program against 83% of outpatient participants who left the program in the same period of one year.

It was also found in a separate study that opioid users who were not yet dependent found more benefits in outpatient programs than in inpatient ones. The conclusion was that patients who are not yet addicted take the situation less seriously and therefore gather fewer resources from a stay in a rehab center.

Inpatient Treatment May Be Better for Opiate Addiction

What are the assumptions after studies such as this one? First, that an inpatient addiction treatment approach is beneficial in improving the chances of long-lasting recovery in opioid addiction. Second, that an evaluation needs to be made in every case to determine what is the best approach to reduce the chances of relapse after detoxification and sobriety has been achieved.

Percocet addiction and other similar opioids should not be taken lightly and patients should not mistake that prescription drugs are somehow more harmless compared to illegal drugs. We need to remember that even heroin is an opioid-based narcotic, and that its effects are similar to prescription painkillers. That is why following the instructions of a physician is of utmost importance when under a treatment with these medications, and recreational use should not even be considered to avoid developing dependence and addiction.

We will be glad to help you or your loved one who is suffering from addiction. Our toll free helpline for addiction and mental health disorders is available 24 hours a day and our information services are free of charge. We can guide you in finding the best intervention services, medically-supervised detox programs, and more. Don’t forget to ask for advice regarding the use of insurance for addiction treatment. A trained addiction professional is waiting for your call right now.