Signs, Symptoms & Effects of Percocet Addiction

What is Percocet Addiction

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Percocet is a powerful painkiller that is extremely effective when it comes to alleviating pain. This medication, which can only be acquired via a prescription from a physician, is one that comes with a warning because of its highly addictive properties. Classified in the same group of drugs as heroin, Percocet can be habit-forming if it’s misused in any way and can lead to the development of an addiction if one’s doctor’s recommendations are ignored. Furthermore, this is a medication that is often intentionally abused because of the euphoric high that it induces.

Realizing that you have a problem with the abuse of Percocet is typically the first step taken towards overcoming this sort of chemical dependency concern. The second step is actually seeking the care you need to win the war against your addiction once and for all. By participating in a reputable treatment program that includes the services, resources, and support required to become sober, you’ll be able to understand yourself and your addiction better, and acquire the recovery skills you need to refrain from further Percocet abuse.

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Statistics of Percocet Addiction

Percocet abuse is a problem that affects the lives of many American men and women. Opioid addiction, which includes an addiction to Percocet, is believed to affect nearly 0.4% of all adults in the United States. With regards to men and women specifically, opioid abuse that includes the misuse of Percocet has risen nearly 270% among men and is reaching 400% among women. Finally, and according to the America Society of Addiction Medicine, or ASAM, almost 2 million adults in America are grappling with addictions to opioid medications like Percocet.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Percocet Addiction

You may know what led you down the path towards Percocet abuse. However, it may be unclear as to why your experimentation with Percocet resulted in an overwhelming and all-consuming addiction. Researchers have tried to determine why some people battle an addiction to Percocet while others don’t, and the following are widely accepted concepts to consider:

Genetic: Addiction is said to be a heritable problem. Experts on the matter have found gene clusters that can run in families and can make them more vulnerable to the abuse of Percocet and other drugs. Therefore, it could help you by looking at your own family history and determining if substance abuse has been a problem for more people in your family than just you.

Environmental: The company you keep and the environment in which you spend your time can affect whether or not you’ll abuse Percocet. For example, if others around you engage in this sort of substance abuse, you’re more likely to partake in it as well. Furthermore, if you can easily get this medication and lack healthy coping skills and support from your loved ones, your risk for Percocet abuse increases exponentially. Lastly, if you’ve ever been given a legitimate prescription for Percocet, you are susceptible to misusing it if you don’t adhere to your doctor’s recommendations.

 Risk Factors:

  • Suffering an injury or from a condition that is treated with Percocet
  • Personal history of substance abuse
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Early exposure to substance abuse

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Addiction

You may or may not be sure if you’re struggling with an addiction to Percocet. While only a qualified professional can give you a definite diagnosis, you can peruse the following, decipher if these symptoms are affecting your life, and make the decision to get help today:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Visiting multiple doctors in order to obtain a Percocet prescription
  • Using Percocet when it is clearly risky to do so
  • Trying to steal Percocet that was prescribed to someone else
  • Trying to borrow or steal money to buy Percocet
  • Taking Percocet in greater amounts for a longer period of time than intended
  • Continuing to abuse Percocet even after having experienced negative effects as a result
  • Being unable to stop abusing Percocet

Physical symptoms:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Slurring speech
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Shallow breathing
  • Poor coordination
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Constipation

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to focus
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Impaired judgment

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Emotional withdrawal from family and friends
  • Anger
  • Agitation


Effects of Percocet Addiction

Both short- and long-term consequences can happen if you don’t get help to defeat your addiction to Percocet. Some may impact just you, while others can affect your loved ones. However, in getting treatment, the following can be successfully avoided all together:

  • Vision problems
  • Unemployment
  • Suicide attempts
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Poor occupational performance
  • Physical injuries due to being under the influence of Percocet
  • Onset or exacerbation of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration
  • Job loss
  • Financial ruin
  • Family discord
  • Death
  • Damaged interpersonal relationships
  • Cardiovascular problems

Withdrawal and Overdose

Effects of Withdrawal and Overdose

Effects of Percocet withdrawal: The longer that you abuse Percocet, the more likely it is that your body will get used to the presence of this medication and need it in order to maintain functioning. When tolerance to Percocet develops, you’re probably going to experience a series of effects that signify that withdrawal is happening if you restrict your Percocet use. The following are the telltale signs that you’re experiencing Percocet withdrawal, which can also suggest that you need professional treatment:

  • Watery eyes
  • Twitches and tremors
  • Runny nose
  • Raised body temperature
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dysphoria
  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Cravings for Percocet

Effects of Percocet overdose:
It’s very possible that you may consume too much Percocet. When this happens, your body is likely to be unable to metabolize it safely, which can make you especially vulnerable to an overdose. The following effects are those that signify an overdose on Percocet is occurring, and are also the warning signs that you need medical help quickly:

  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Faint heartbeat
  • Coma
  • Breathing problems
  • Abdominal cramping

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders & the Complexity of Percocet Addiction

An addiction to Percocet frequently affects an individual’s life at the same time as other disorders. Given this fact, if you seek treatment to overcome this type of chemical dependency problem, you may be assessed for and receive care to address the following co-occurring disorders:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other substance use disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder
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