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Percocet Intervention

Percocet is a narcotic pain reliever that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Like any narcotic, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Physical addiction to Percocet can occur after as little as one week of use. Addiction to Percocet has many short-term and long-term consequences, but it is treatable.

Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Addiction

If you suspect that a friend or family member is addicted to Percocet, there are certain signs and symptoms that you can look for. That person will exhibit a constant and compulsive craving to use Percocet and may say that he or she “needs it” to feel normal. He or she is preoccupied with obtaining more of the drug and will sometimes go to desperate measures to get more. Other signs that he or she may be addicted to Percocet include:

  • Doctor shopping (switching doctors frequently to obtain multiple prescriptions)
  • Going through prescriptions too quickly
  • Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
  • Unexplainable lack of money
  • Unexplained mood changes, secluded behavior
  • Change in social circles, neglecting good friends and finding new ones

You may also notice some physical side effects of being addicted to Percocet. These include but are not limited to:

  • Constricted pupils
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness or sedation
  • Exaggerated feeling of well-being and euphoria
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rash
  • Slowed breathing

Having an Intervention

If your loved one is unwilling to admit that he or she has a drug addiction and needs Percocet addiction help, you may need to have an intervention. Having an intervention means talking to the person you are concerned about, addressing the problem and asking him or her to take concrete steps towards getting help. You may choose to have an informal intervention, a one-on-one conversation where you ask questions and voice concerns. Or you may feel that it is necessary to have a formal intervention where you bring a group of people together to confront how that person’s addiction has affected everyone’s lives. Formal interventions usually occur when the person has repeatedly refused to get help. See this Video on Percocet Abuse.

Whether you hold a formal or informal intervention, here are some helpful tips:

  • Stay calm
  • Avoid labeling the person an “addict”
  • Cite specific instances that occurred due to the substance abuse
  • Stick to what you know firsthand, avoid hearsay
  • Explain how the person’s behavior has affected you
  • Be supportive and hopeful about change
  • Be prepared for denial and resistance

Do not wait to have the intervention until the person has “bottomed out,” had a car crash, or developed some serious health issues. If you think your loved one is struggling with an addiction, confront them now. You should also tell your concerns to that person’s doctor.

Treatment for Percocet Addiction

When having an intervention, you may want to be prepared to give the individual some treatment options. Treatment for Percocet will vary according to the specific needs of the patient, but it will generally always begin with Percocet detox and may be followed by counseling, behavior modification, and therapy.

Percocet Intervention Help

If you would like to know more about treatment options for Percocet addiction, our counselors are available 24 hours a day to talk with you. Please call our toll free number today to receive more information about Percocet addiction, treatment, and tips for intervention. Recovery is within reach. Call today at (866) 872-6492.