Percocet is a prescription painkiller that is formulated to help alleviate acute moderate to severe pain. It is composed of two ingredients, oxycodone and acetaminophen. The acetaminophen found in Percocet works as a fever reducer and mild pain reliever, and oxycodone is a much more powerful pain reliever that can be highly addictive. Both of these substances can be individually dangerous, and combined, can be deadly if abused. Acetaminophen abuse is known to cause severe, irreversible liver damage, while oxycodone abuse can lead to a handful of symptoms that can include brain damage, unconsciousness, and death as a result of overdose.
Tolerance is possible when a person abuses Percocet, primarily because it contains the addictive ingredient oxycodone. When someone develops a tolerance, he or she requires more and more of the medication to achieve the same high. When this occurs, overcoming a Percocet addiction often requires professional help. Fortunately, medication assisted treatment is both safe and effective in helping an individual end his or her Percocet addiction once and for all.
At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individuals who are dependent on Percocet can work to put a stop to their use by addressing the underlying issues that have led to/developed as a result of Percocet abuse. Medication assisted treatment helps these individuals put an end to substance abuse without having to bear the pain of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Medications, such as Suboxone, methadone, Vivitrol, and Subutex, have aided in the recovery of thousands of people who now have a stronger hold on their lives.
Types of Treatment offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
The outpatient treatment offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly personalized to meet the treatment goals of each patient. Adults who are aged 18 or older who choose to participate in our program will be connected to nurses, counselors, and doctors who will create treatment plans unique to his or her needs. These treatment plans may include the use of one or more of the following treatment components:
Methadone: One of the most popular medications used in medication assisted treatment programs, methadone is often prescribed to help curb cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms for people who are weaning off of opioids, like Percocet. Methadone is an opioid-agonist, which means a few things. For starters, methadone connects to the same receptors in the brain that Percocet does. Secondly, upon this connection, methadone occupies these receptors but without producing the same high Percocet would provide. Therefore, using methadone helps alleviate the many negative effects that come from ceasing Percocet use, but without producing an uncoordinated high. As a result, methadone allows patients to function normally. Methadone has been used in medication assisted treatment programs for opioid treatment for decades and is highly regarded in terms of effectiveness when provided and supervised by a medical professional.
Suboxone: Suboxone was first approved for use in medication assisted treatment programs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2002, and has since been a go-to for care. This medication contains buprenorphine, which decreases urges to use and suppresses painful withdrawal symptoms. In addition to buprenorphine, Suboxone also contains naloxone, which is a substance designed to help prevent overdose and abuse. Once specific treatment goals have been met, patients are given the go-ahead to take a few days’ worth of Suboxone home with them, as opposed to coming to the center daily.
Subutex: Similar to Suboxone, Subutex puts off uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and lessens the desire to abuse opioids like Percocet. Unlike Suboxone, Subutex only contains buprenorphine, which means that patients must report to the center on a daily basis to receive his or her dose.
Vivitrol: Vivitrol is different from methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex in that it is given intravenously as opposed to orally. Additionally, it is only given once a month instead of daily. Naltrexone hydrochloride, the primary ingredient in Vivitrol, stops patients from craving drugs and decreases the intensity of withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid abuse.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is a component of the comprehensive care we offer at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers. Percocet addiction often comes with physical, psychological, and emotional issues that must be identified and processed in order for recovery to be successful. With the help of medication making it possible for patients to focus on his or her treatment, counselors are able to help patients through one-on-one sessions that are geared towards addressing their underlying causes of addiction.
Group therapy: Group therapy, like individual therapy, allows patients to obtain psychological care while receiving physical care. Through group therapy, patients can share experiences with one another and work through any interpersonal issues they might be experiencing. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, all group therapy sessions are led by professional counselors who are talented in providing a safe and productive setting for patients. Here, patients can address important topics related to recovery, obtain and provide encouragement, and feel an overall sense of support.
Why Consider Treatment at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Abusing a substance like Percocet can not only be risky, but also deadly. Percocet and other opioid abuse is linked to organ damage and failure, brain damage, paranoia, depression, seizures and respiratory problems. Additionally, it can also trigger the onset of mental health condition symptoms.
Sadly, opioid addictions are a vicious cycle of self-destruction. The individual often finds himself or herself powerless over the substance even after his or her use has led to negative consequences. Without the help of a professional, individuals that are abusing Percocet continue to do so even if they have suffered health issues, relationship problems, financial difficulties, and legal troubles.
Luckily, professional and effective treatment is available. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our trained experts are prepared to help you overcome your addiction to Percocet so you can live a happy, healthy, and sober life.