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Understanding Percodan Abuse Recovery
Percodan is a prescription painkiller that is composed of oxycodone and aspirin. Percodan was once one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers in the United States but, in recent years, more physicians are prescribing Percocet (which is composed of oxycodone and acetaminophen) in cases that were previously likely to be treated with Percodan.
Because Percodan contains oxycodone, using this medication poses the risk of addiction. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that is derived from an alkaloid that is found in the opium poppy. It is a powerful substance that is classified as a Schedule II drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Schedule II drugs are considered to have a high risk for abuse and possess the potential to cause both psychological and physical dependence.
In addition to the health risks associated with oxycodone use, Percodan users also may experience problems caused by the presence of aspirin in this medication. Excessive use of aspirin has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, kidney damage, and even blindness.
Both recreational substance abusers and individuals who have been prescribed Percodan for a legitimate medical reason run the risk of becoming addicted to the drug, and Percodan dependence can be difficult to escape without professional assistance. After taking Percodan for as little as five days, attempting to stop using this prescription drug can cause the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms.
One effective solution for people who have become dependent on Percodan or another prescription narcotic painkiller is medication assisted treatment. This approach to opioid addiction treatment involves medication that suppresses both drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In addition to taking this medication under close supervision of a qualified healthcare provider, medication assisted treatment clients also participate in a variety of therapeutic activities that are designed to identify and address underlying issues that may have contributed to the development of the substance abuse problem.
Types of Treatment Offered for Percodan Abuse at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Treatment at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers is an outpatient experience that can be customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. Adult men and women (ages 18 and above) 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 addiction to Percodan or other prescription medications that contain opioids. As an opioid agonist, methadone interacts with the brain receptors that are triggered when a person abuses Percodan. 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 been proven 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 do not 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. In many medication assisted treatment programs, clients initially receive Subutex, and then transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.
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 Percodan 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 Percodan 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 Percodan 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 Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Percodan Abuse
It is no exaggeration to note that prescription Percodan abuse can be not only dangerous, but deadly. The abuse of prescription painkillers, such as Percodan, 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 Percodan 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 Percodan and resume a healthier and much more promising drug-free life.