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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drugs

Today, prescription medication addiction has become a problem of epidemic proportions. A combination of conditions seems to have created this problem, mainly over-prescribing and the overall popularity of opiates.

The fact that prescription drugs don’t carry the same stigma as “street” drugs such as heroin or cocaine also seems to have contributed to the problem. People often stay in denial longer when their drugs are obtained legally, or aren’t considered illicit.

However, addiction to prescription drugs such as Percocet is a real problem. People’s lives are getting destroyed and people are ending up in emergency rooms as a result of overdose.

What Is Percocet?

Percocet is the brand name for the medication Oxycodone hydrochloride with, acetaminophen. It is an opiate painkiller typically prescribed for short-term pain relief, such as after a surgery or injury. It is available in a variety of mg dosages and is not intended for long-term use. Like any other opiate painkiller, Percocet has a high potential for abuse. Even when used as prescribed, a person can become physically dependent on the drug. Percocet addiction is also a risk anyone takes when they use the drug.

The best way to avoid Percocet addiction is to take the medication for the shortest possible period of time, and only as directed. Opiate pain medications should be avoided by persons with a history of drug abuse. Of course, there are times when the use of pain medication is unavoidable, in these situations it is best to have support from the recovery community.

Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Addiction

One of the biggest red flags for someone who is taking Percocet that they have a problem is when you begin taking more of the drug. If you have been taking Percocet and you find that you are increasing the amount you take, or taking them more frequently, there is a problem. If you are taking Percocet without a prescription, or if you find yourself going into the emergency room when you are not injured so that you can get more pills, you likely have a Percocet addiction.

How does Percocet affect you? Some common symptoms to look for include:




Motor skills impairment


Memory loss


Mood changes



Dry mouth


Using too much Percocet can result in overdose, especially if you combine the drug with alcohol or other drugs. Percocet can impair your ability to operate a vehicle. Driving while under the influence of Percocet is illegal and causes accidents and death. If you have been using Percocet, or you are concerned about a loved one having a Percocet addiction, here are some things to look for:

Lack of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed

Withdrawal from family and friends

Depression and anxiety

Lack of energy

Difficulty concentrating

Mood changes, irritability, agitation, and hostility

Difficulty coping with responsibilities

Financial problems

Consequences such as loss of employment

Family troubles

Percocet addiction can be devastating not just for the user, but for the entire family. If you think you have a problem, it is important that you get help as soon as possible.

Getting Help for Percocet Addiction

If you are ready to overcome your Percocet addiction, then Dedicato Treatment Center can help. Treatment is one of the most effective ways to get help for addiction. There are a number of reasons why treatment is successful, such as:

Getting away from the using environment. It is difficult to recover from addiction when you are constantly around the people, places, and things you associate with using. 

Lots of support. The support you receive from both staff and peers will help give you the strength to move forward even when things get rough. 

Groups and classes. Group therapy is a regular part of rehab, and residents who take part in these groups report that they help them grow, teach them new habits, and help them to feel not so alone and isolated. 

Individual therapy. This is another major component of treatment. Addiction often goes hand in hand with other issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues with self-esteem and self-worth.

Upon checking into Dedicato Treatment Center you will be placed under detoxification services by our medical doctor to help you withdraw safely and comfortably from the drug. Opiates cause physical dependence and the withdrawal process can be uncomfortable, and is often a barrier to quitting the drug. At Dedicato Treatment Center we understand this and can help you quit successfully.