Woman in need of a Percocet addiction rehab centerPercocet contains oxycodone, a commonly abused prescription painkiller. Many people start abusing this drug after surgery. Others obtain it on the street or from a family member’s leftover pills. At some point people continuing to use the drug realize that they are showing signs of Percocet addiction.

What are those signs and how can someone who is addicted to Percocet safely get better?

Signs of Percocet Addiction

Percocet is the brand name for a drug that combines a painkiller called oxycodone with acetaminophen. What many people don’t realize when they first start taking this drug is that it affects how the brain and the rest of the central nervous system work. Percocet actually changes how the brain becomes aware of pain and how it feels pleasure. The high of Percocet is very much like the high of heroin.

Signs of Percocet addiction may be clear to some people. Others take time to see that their loved one is abusing the drug, or that their own use has spun out of control. One in every 21 Americans is abusing painkillers like Percocet.

When someone abuses this drug they:

  • Are easily confused
  • Feel sleepy
  • Get dizzy or “lightheaded”
  • Breathe slowly
  • Become constipated
  • May sweat
  • Have headaches
  • May vomit
  • Have a dry mouth
  • Have tiny pupils

People start developing physical dependence on Percocet as they continue to use it. Beyond the above signs of the drug’s abuse, signs of Percocet addiction include:

  • Taking the drug without a doctor’s prescription
  • Using more than the dose they have been prescribed
  • Crushing pills to snort them
  • Chewing pills up
  • Using a needle to inject the doses
  • Doctor shopping for more pills
  • Using fake prescriptions to get pills
  • Buying the pills illegally
  • Taking more and more over time
  • Anxiety over number of pills they have left

What Happens Next, After You See Signs of Percocet Addiction

Physical side effects of using these pills start to occur with addiction. Some of those effects are:

  • Liver failure
  • Withdrawal when they try to stop using the drug
  • Overdose that can cause death

It can be difficult to find a source of more pills. If someone who is addicted cannot get the drug they need, withdrawal begins. Withdrawal signs are:

  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Panic attacks
  • Flu-like symptoms

Someone who is addicted needs the help of a quality drug rehab center. Without this help, heroin may become an attractive option. Others may die from their addiction.

Beaches Recovery Understands Painkiller Addiction

Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida knows what people who abuse prescription painkillers go through. Always trying to get more of the drug is a terrible cycle. Side effects are harmful and trying to detox feels terrible, besides being dangerous.

Beaches Recovery helps patients understand why they started abusing drugs like Percocet. Therapy for this drug abuse and co-occurring conditions helps patients move forward in life to a better future.

At Beaches Recovery there are a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of individual patients. You or your loved one can obtain lifelong recovery, whether the chosen program is inpatient, outpatient or another type customized for men or women.

Call Beaches Recovery now at 866-605-0532 when you see the signs of Percocet addiction. Don’t wait to make this call. Recovery is the right choice to save yourself or your loved one.