Percocet is a prescription medication that is designed to treat acute pain that is moderate to severe. Percocet has two active ingredients, oxycodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is a mild pain reliever and fever reducer that is present in dozens of over-the-counter medications, while oxycodone is a more powerful opioid analgesic with strong addictive properties. Both of these substances can be dangerous, even deadly, when abused or misused. Acetaminophen can cause significant liver damage if a person exceeds safe dosage levels, while oxycodone overdose can result in a range of symptoms, from temporary unconsciousness to permanent brain damage or death.
Because Percocet contains the opioid oxycodone, users may develop tolerance to the drug (requiring increasingly larger doses to experience the same effect) and become addicted. Addiction to opioids can be difficult to overcome without effective professional intervention. Thankfully, medication assisted treatment has proven to be quite effective in helping opiate addicts end their dependence on these dangerous substances.
At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, Percocet-dependent clients can receive both medication to end their physical dependence and therapy to overcome the underlying issues that either led to or were made more severe by the substance abuse. Medication assisted treatment allows individuals to stop abusing their drug of choice without experiencing either powerful drug cravings or painful withdrawal symptoms that would otherwise occur. Several medications, including methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol, have helped thousands of formerly addicted individuals get their behaviors under control and their lives back on track.
Types of Treatment Offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Treatment at an Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Center is an outpatient experience that can be customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. Adult men and women, age 18 and older, who enroll in one of these programs work with doctors, nurses, and counselors to develop personalized treatment plans that may include one or more of the following medical and therapeutic components:
Methadone: Methadone is the most commonly used medication in programs that offer medication assisted treatment for an addiction to Percocet or other prescription medications that contain opioids. As an opioid agonist, methadone interacts with the brain receptors that are triggered when a person abuses Percocet. Methadone occupies these receptors without creating the disorienting high that is associated with recreational substance abuse, which allows clients to function in a non-impaired manner without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms. Methadone has been used in opiate addiction treatment for decades, and has proved to be both safe and effective when used as directed under the supervision of a qualified medical expert.
Suboxone: Suboxone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in opiate addiction treatment programs in 2002. Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which, like methadone, suppresses cravings and prevents the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone also contains a substance called naloxone, which prevents abuse and overdose. Thus, after they have met certain treatment goals, clients who use Suboxone may be allowed to take home several days’ worth of the medication, which means they don’t have to come to the clinic for treatment every day, as is required of methadone clients.
Subutex: Like Suboxone, Subutex forestalls drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms due to the presence of buprenorphine. However, Subutex does not contain naloxone, so clients are usually required to visit the treatment center each day in order to get their daily dose.
Vivitrol: Unlike methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex, which are all taken via daily oral doses, Vivitrol is a longer-lasting medication that is administered once per month via injection. The primary active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which prevents clients from experiencing drug cravings and also suppresses painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Individual therapy: Because Percocet addiction involves physical, psychological, and behavioral issues, effective treatment must address all of these concerns. With medication allowing them to function normally without being either intoxicated or in withdrawal, clients have the mental clarity to participate in one-on-one sessions with a counselor who can help them work through all of the problems that either contributed to or were made worse by their Percocet abuse. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individual therapy on a regular basis is a core component of treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy complements individual therapy by allowing clients to learn from the experiences of others who are in similar situations, while also addressing interpersonal issues that may be associated with their Percocet abuse. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy sessions are led by trained and experienced counselors who are skilled in providing a safe and productive forum in which clients can address sensitive topics, receive encouragement from other participants, and serve as sources of support for others in need.
Why Consider Treatment at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
It is no exaggeration to note that prescription Percocet abuse can be not only dangerous, but deadly. The abuse of prescription painkillers such as Percocet is associated with organ damage and failure, respiratory problems, brain damage, seizures, paranoia, depression, and a host of other physical and mental health issues.
Unfortunately, one of the fundamental symptoms of addiction is that the addicted individual is powerless to stop his or her substance abuse, even after experiencing negative consequences as a direct result of that abuse. Without effective professional intervention, many Percocet addicts will continue their self-defeating behaviors even after suffering damage to their health, relationships, employment, finances, and legal status.
The good news is that professional help is not only available, but effective. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, experienced and dedicated experts are ready to help you or your loved one overcome an addiction to Percocet and resume a healthier and much more promising drug-free life.