According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA), approximately 6.5 million Americans reported taking prescription medication for non-medical uses—a number that represents 2.5% of the national population. More than 4 million of these individuals abusing prescription drugs reported abuse of pain relievers.
These numbers are so high probably due to how common it is for Americans to deal with everyday chronic pain therefore how many prescriptions are written. Chronic pain may be due to family genetics, an automobile accident, cancer, or some other debilitating disease.
The National Institute on Drugs (NIH), estimates that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain does not just mean that the pain lasts longer than the time it takes for the body to heal; it is a considered a disease that impairs function, distorts the nervous system, migrates to other areas of the body, and can impact moods and decrease a person’s overall quality of life.
Doctors prescribe these pain meds to curb these pains caused by post-surgery pain and/or illnesses. When taken as prescribed, opioids have been proven very successful in treating pain and allowing people to function normally in their everyday lives. But, unfortunately, there has also been prescription opioid abuse and overdoses that is plaguing our country. One such drug, which is one of the most popular, is called Percocet.
What is Percocet? Exactly
Percocet is the name for a prescription pain reliever that combines:
- Oxycodone, which is a narcotic painkiller with similar effects as heroin and morphine, and
- Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, which is a mild pain reliever and fever reducer.
Percocet is prescribed to patients mainly for short-term relief of moderate to severe pain typically from a surgery or injury. Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system by changing the way the brain perceives pain just like heroin and morphine. And just like heroin, Percocets affect the brain the same way by delivering feelings of pleasure as well as releasing dopamine. When you take Percocet in large doses you can feel a feeling of euphoria and a “high” similar to heroin.
You, and many other people, may think Percocet and other prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, like heroin and cocaine because they are prescribed by a doctor, but this a mistake. Unfortunately, however, Percocet abuse can lead to the same dangerous problems of dependence and addiction as the illicit street drugs that share its origin.
Guide for a Safe Percocet Detox
Just like there can be dangers in detoxing off street drugs, this also goes for prescription drugs. Percocet withdrawal symptoms may range from mild to severe, depending on how dependent the individual is on the drug. Dependency can be tied to the length of time taking a particular drug, dosage amount, which drug was taken, how the drug was taken, underlying medical conditions, the co-occurring presence of a mental health issue, and certain biological and environmental factors, such as a family history of addiction, previous trauma, or highly stressful and unsupportive surroundings. Withdrawal from Percocet can vary from person to person.
EARLY PERCOCET WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
These flu-like symptoms, similar to heroin withdrawal, usually start within 8-12 hours from the last dose:
- Tearing up
- Muscle aches
- Excessive yawning
- Nose running
- Racing heart
LATE PERCOCET WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
These peak within 72 hours and usually last a week or so:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Drug cravings
The best way to go about detoxing from Percocet is getting yourself into a professional detox facility that can monitor you through your withdrawals 24/7 and at Allure Detox, that is exactly what we do. Our medical detox, for instance, includes both medical and psychological treatments while under the close supervision of both medical and mental health specialists in a safe and comforting residential setting. Percocet and other opiate withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, and our medical detox will provide the safest and smoothest way to detox.
At Allure Detox, we have the facilities where your vital signs, such as blood pressure, respiration levels, body temperature, and heart rate, can all be closely monitored and where we utilize medications to regulate brain and body functions. Our mental health professionals can also evaluate and stabilize you during medical detox. While there is no specific timeline for detox, as each individual will likely experience withdrawal from opiates differently, medical detox usually lasts 5-7 days.
Get the Help You Need
Allure Detox can help. We are a comfortable and evidence-based drug and alcohol detox in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can free you or your loved one from the physical symptoms of addiction and start you on the path to recovery. We offer detox from drugs and alcohol on a medical basis so that you can safely resume the life you once lived, the life you thought was lost forever. Addicts emerge from Allure Detox healthy, sane, and prepared for a lifetime of recovery. Please contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering the pain of addiction.