Addiction isn’t something that happens suddenly. It can be sneaky and creep in over time. No two people will have the same experience with drug addiction. Percocet withdrawal can last a few days or could extend into several weeks. In rarer cases, the symptoms can be drawn out for months. There are several factors to consider for this timeline including age, gender, weight, and history of use. These all play a role in how long the withdrawal process will last. It comes down to how your body reacts to and metabolizes the drug. However, the typical timeline is 5-7 days.
Percocet falls into the pain reliever category of drugs and has similar effects as oxycodone or morphine. It is highly addictive, which is why any prescriptions of it must be taken in the right doses at the right times. Misuse of prescription medication has risen and has led to what has now been deemed an opioid crisis in the U.S. In many cases, Percocet (and other similar drugs) is taken more than the recommended dosage amount, which can quickly lead to a drug dependency. Since patients rely on it to help with the relief of chronic pain, they may take it more often to get the pain relief quicker. This is a slippery slope.
Over time, the body will become immune to the effects of Percocet and require more of it in shorter amounts of time. When this happens, drug addiction is inevitable. There is also a high chance of accidental overdose as well. If your body doesn’t metabolize the drug as fast as you are taking it, it can have severe and sometime fatal results.
The challenge from going through withdrawal is facing the symptoms that come with it. These can be painful and cause discomfort. Fortunately, withdrawal symptoms are temporary. They will subside in intensity as the days go on; the beginning days are the most difficult and hard to manage. If you suffer from addiction to Percocet, it’s best to seek the care of medical therapists who can help you withdraw from the drug in the most comfortable and safe way as possible.
If you attempt to go through this period alone, it’s likely that you’ll relapse. It is common, but it doesn’t meant you should give up on seeking the treatment you need. It’s a setback, not a failure. Through the help of a treatment facility, you will have access to the medical monitoring you need in a secure environment. You’ll also receive support to get through withdrawal and advance to the next stage. You don’t have to suffer through any of it alone.
Symptoms of Percocet Withdrawal
Percocet comes with its own set of dangers. It is habit forming and there is a high risk of overdose, which could lead to death. It can result in a series of health problems including lung, kidney, and/or heart disease. It can possibly make you dizzy and cause adverse liver and skin reactions as well. In addition, once you begin taking Percocet, it’s advised not to stop taking the medication suddenly. The side effects of prescription medication should be considered, but especially for a drug like Percocet.
To withdraw from the drug slowly and safely, a doctor will monitor you health progress and decrease doses over time. This is true even in the case of addiction. The power of this drug means that any sudden change can lead to painful and in some cases, dangerous results. That’s why it can’t be emphasized enough to avoid self-treatment and seek help from a facility instead.
Withdrawal symptoms include aches and pains, sweating, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. You may also experience seizures, tremors, fatigue, and depression. These all cause a huge stress on the body. During this time, it’s even more important to be mindful of your hydration and nutrition, which can be challenging if you’re trying to go through it on your own.
Your body’s reaction is unpredictable. Percocet addiction changes the physiology of your body. It switches how you think and react. This can make you go through a myriad of emotions while feeling both physically and emotionally ill. There’s no denying that going through withdrawal means experiencing unpleasant symptoms. However, throughout it all, remember they are temporary.
The short period of time you must endure does not compare to the damage that drug addiction can do if you don’t receive treatment. If you’re unsure about going through the process on your own, talk to us. We’ll find a solution together. Feeling concerned or anxious is normal, but there’s no need to be afraid when there is support available at every step.
Drug withdrawal occurs as part of the detox stage, which is the beginning of recovery. Your doctors and therapists will monitor your health condition every step of the way to ensure your safety and progress are intact. When under the care of medical professionals, they may prescribe certain medications that can help to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and create a more comfortable experience. The important thing is healing and recovery.Speak with a treatment specialist today.
Signs of Percocet Addiction
You may have an idea of what you think addiction looks like; how a person acts when they’re addicted, but the truth is that no two situations are the same. If you are concerned about a loved one’s addiction, look for warning signs of dependency.
- Are they hiding medication from you?
Have you noticed a significant shift in mood and behavior?
Have you caught the person lying about their progress or prescription(s)?
Has there been any recent negative instances at work, with the law, or in interpersonal relationships?
Do they seem constantly agitated, anxious, or depressed?
- Identifying drug addiction can be difficult, especially if you’re not constantly around the person. If possible, have an open conversation about your concerns without judgment or blame. If you are the one who is worried about your own drug dependency, reach out to someone you trust for help. They can work with you to get the treatment you need.
Confronting addiction can be a tough discussion to have, but one that is necessary for the future of your health and well-being.
Treatment for Hydrocodone Withdrawal
Deciding to receive treatment is an important first step. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide. While self-treatment is unadvised, there are minor cases of drug withdrawal symptoms that can be treated at home with rest and hydration. Even in these cases, it’s still best to seek the medical attention of a doctor to test that you are otherwise in good health. Mostly, hydrocodone is linked to cases of addiction, though, because of its habit-forming nature. Addiction is when treatment at a detox or rehabilitation facility is recommended. You’ll want therapists who can monitor your health and provide what you need to stay on track with your recovery.
Once you’ve gone through withdrawal and the detox period, you’ll work with a therapist or doctor to initiate your treatment plan. This will include inpatient care, outpatient care, or sometimes both. If you would like to separate yourself from your current environment and focus fully on your sobriety, inpatient care may be the optimal choice for you. By becoming a temporary resident of a chosen facility, you can dedicate your full time and attention to your health. Inpatient stays can range from 30-90 days or longer, depending on what your health plan calls for. There are benchmarks that marks your progress, which will show if you’re ready for the next stage of recovery.
Inpatient facilities are designed to be a positive and calming environment. They are often set in scenic atmospheres, such as in the mountains, near the ocean, or by a lake or forest. The goal is to eliminate chaos as much as possible and provide the possibility of a start fresh. Staying in your old environment may harbor too many influences that will derail you from your treatment path.
In both inpatient and outpatient care, you will be part of group therapy, where you’ll be able to listen to and share stories about addiction. You’ll also receive individual counseling to get to the root of your addiction and heal from the inside out. Rehab also gives you a place to learn about what causes addiction, how to deal with it in the future, and how to recognize triggers. This all will help to prevent relapse after treatment and give you the tools you need to stay sober.
There will also be time for self-reflection, exercise, and other healthy activities to create structure leading up to a life without addiction. It gives you an opportunity to explore the things that you enjoyed prior to addiction and how to reintroduce those back into your life.
Each part of the rehabilitation and recovery process is equally important. From the withdrawal stage to aftercare through support groups and help from therapists, every step is meaningful. There is no race to go through the stages; it’s dependent on how treatment is working for you. You don’t have to compare your time or experience to anyone else’s because each is unique. You bring your own strength and commitment to recovery, which will guide you along the journey to recovery.
Post-Treatment Care and Next Steps
You may wonder what happens after you receive treatment. As part of your care, we will prepare you for the transition back to your normal life. There may still be lingering temptations you may encounter. How will you combat those? You will receive coping tools to learn how to avoid temptations and deal with them if they arise.
Prior to your last days in treatment, you’ll receive guidance for how to become reacclimated into your old life with newly sober. This could mean looking for a new job or moving to a new house. It may mean repairing broken relationships or letting go of ones that don’t serve you anymore. It’s a lot of change to process at once, but you will have the support you need even after treatment is over.
Recovery is ongoing. It doesn’t end once you leave your last session or exit out of the facility doors. There is always extra guidance and assistance available whenever you need it. This is in the form of therapists, support groups, and other people and materials all ready to help you ease back into your new life as comfortably as possible. Also, take comfort in your personal support group who wants to help see you heal. There’s no way to predict exactly how it all will go, but with sobriety on your side, the future is positive.
Is It Time to Seek Help?
Addiction can happen without even realizing it. The power of Percocet and other like drugs can take hold quickly and drag you under. The right time to seek help is now. The sooner you begin, the sooner you can give your body and mind what it needs to heal. Addiction is a disease and requires the same kind of medical attention and care as any other diagnosis. Sobriety doesn’t happen all at once. It takes time and patience. There’s work involved, but the payoff is worth it. Your health and happiness matter.
As you go from phase to phase, you’ll begin to regain your strength and feel more confident. Your mind will become clearer as you begin to take back control of your life. It is a transformational experience to say the least, when you are walking along your newly sober path.
Let us go over your options with you and create a plan that you feel comfortable with to begin treatment. What do you need to succeed in your sobriety? What concerns do you have? There may be several questions running through your head and together, we can find the answers. The time you spend taking care of yourself will be the best thing you can do for your future. You deserve the chance to live a healthier lifestyle, one without dependency on drugs or pain. Your treatment plan will be customized to fit you. Ready to get started?Find hope. Find recovery. Begin a commitment to lifelong recovery today – for yourself, your friend, or for your loved one.
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