Many people think that percocet is mostly “harmless” because it is prescribed by physicians and targeted to treat many legitimate physical and mental conditions; however, it is a very easy to fall into a percocet addiction. When percocet is used daily for an extended period of time, the individual can easily become addicted to the drug. What counts as an extended period of time? Using percocet daily for more than three weeks is an extended period of time. Chronic drug abuse is classified by taking percocet for months or years. This can cause negative effects on your health, your finances, and your social life.
When someone is abusing percocet by taking it recreationally, they often take from 5-40 mg per day. Individuals with a full blown addiction can take anywhere from 250-500mg per day. Chronic addicts have been known to take percocet from three to six times per day. Exceeding 40 mg per day can lead to overdose and even death. Why would someone take this much percocet? There are several reasons. The main ingredient in Percocet is oxycodone, a central nervous system depressant. It is the reason Percocet provides relief from pain by acting on opioid receptors that are located in the brain, other tissues, and the spinal cord.
When an individual abuses percocet for an extended period of time, Percocet can cause both short and long-term negative psychological effects. This painkiller is an opioid that is similar to morphine and heroin. It causes similar euphoric sensations in the brain just like other opioids do. Extensive use of Percocet can cause the brain to change both structurally and functionally. These negative side effects may include: paranoia, anxiety, mood swings, cravings, confusion, nervousness, headaches, and memory problems.
If your friend or loved one is dealing with a Percocet addiction and you have managed to communicate the dangers of it to them, it is never a good idea to go “cold turkey” when trying to stop. This can cause mental and physical damage to the body. Quitting abruptly can cause vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, and irregular sleep patterns. It also makes the user more likely to return to the drug. It generally takes a week or more to detox from Percocet, and this should always be done under the supervision of a professional.
Intervention Drug Rehab Association offers a clinically managed detox at the start of all of our addiction treatment programs. Clients are supervised through the process so that we can maintain their safety and comfort. Following the detox period, clients can participate in a 30 to 90 day addiction recovery program at one of our luxury drug rehab centers. Clients learn positive coping mechanisms like therapy, yoga, hiking, meditation, and more. We offer private chefs, transportation accommodations, and 24/7 access to onsite fitness centers. Take the first step today, and help your loved one contact our compassionate intake coordinators today. A life of health and sobriety is waiting.