Since the late 1990s, the over-prescription of opioid pain medication has contributed to an ever-worsening national epidemic of substance misuse and addiction. Nowadays fatal opioid overdoses claim the lives of a sobering 130 Americans every single day. And though most of us take for granted that our lives will never be touched by this terrible affliction, the truth is that nobody is completely immune to the hazards of substance abuse.
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of opioid addiction is how easy it is to obtain these drugs – and how undetectable the warning signs of abuse can be until it’s too late. Most of us imagine that if a loved one was struggling with addiction we would be able to tell. But would you? This guide will help you recognize the signs that someone is struggling while there’s still time to get them the help they need.
Percocet: An Unlikely Killer
One of the most popularly prescribed opioids is Percocet, a prescription drug containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. Like all opioids, Percocet binds to receptors in the brain that control not only sensations of physical pain but emotions. Because it stimulates the production of dopamine, which can give the user a euphoric high, Percocet is uniquely habit-forming and puts those who use it at risk of dependency.
Because it takes very little time for the body to develop a tolerance to Percocet, those who abuse it quickly need more and more to achieve the same high. And very often, the signs of abuse don’t become apparent until the afflicted person starts experiencing withdrawal.
What Are The Signs That Someone Is Abusing Percocet?
If you know what to look for, it can be easy to spot the warning signs of Percocet and other opioid abuse. Along with the pleasurable high engendered by taking Percocet, people misusing the drug may also display one or more of the following signs:
– Pinpoint pupils
– Dry mouth
– Excessive perspiration
– Nausea and/or vomiting
– Slow respiration
– Inappropriate drowsiness
There are also behavioral signs to look out for. Some addicted people may crush and snort Percocet pills to achieve a more immediate high. Others may take many more pills than are recommended. Though many people struggling with substance dependency manage to conceal the symptoms of their affliction from family and friends, sometimes for years, as their addiction worsens it can become harder for them not to give themselves away.
Often, Percocet abuse becomes most obvious when the addicted person begins going through withdrawal. For a person with a severe dependency, withdrawal can ensure after as little as one missed dose of opioids. The symptoms frequently appear flu-like in nature and can include anxiety, panic, fatigue, muscle pain and weakness, dizziness, confusion, and more. If you believe a loved one is suffering from Percocet dependency and you notice them displaying any of these symptoms, you should help them seek professional help as soon as possible.
If help is not obtained inside, the most tragic consequence of Percocet abuse is the potential of a fatal overdose. Signs that a person may be overdosing on Percocet or other opioids include extreme drowsiness, difficulty breathing, bluish lips and skin, clamminess, and loss of consciousness. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact emergency services immediately as a person overdosing on opioids may slip into a coma or even die.
How Do You Overcome Percocet Addiction?
As public awareness of the dangers of opioid abuse increases, affected people, fortunately, have many more avenues through which to seek help. Support groups, private counseling, and inpatient treatment are just a few of the options available to people struggling with opioid abuse. However, shame and the fear of social stigma are still common deterrents that stop people from seeking the help they so dearly need.
We’ve made it our mission to help change that. If you or someone you care about is dealing with addiction to Percocet or other opioids, help is available. We are standing by and ready to offer compassionate, non-judgmental support for this commonly misunderstood medical condition.
If you’re ready to kick the habit for good and regain control of your life, contact us today at (866) 840-6411!