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Understanding Percodan Abuse Recovery
Percodan, a prescription painkiller combined of oxycodone and aspirin, has been one of the most frequently prescribed painkillers in the country. However lately, physicians have been prescribing Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) more frequently than Percodan.
The risk of addiction is heightened when taking Percodan, specifically because it contains oxycodone, a semi-synthetic opioid that is derived from an alkaloid within the poppy plant. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug, meaning it holds a high risk for abuse and possesses the potential for physical and psychological dependency to develop.
Percodan users are not only at risk for developing a dependency, but are also at risk for developing additional health problems. For example, excessive aspirin use can lead to issues such as gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, kidney damage, and blindness.
Regardless of if Percodan is being used recreationally or by those who have been prescribed it, there still remains a risk of addiction. If an addiction occurs, it can be incredibly challenging to overcome independently without professional care. Once you have taken Percodan for five days, attempting to stop use can (and likely will) cause withdrawal symptoms to occur.
A safe an effective solution for those who have found themselves dependent on Percodan is medication-assisted treatment. Through this form of treatment, individuals take medication that works to suppress drug cravings and the onset of withdrawal symptoms. While taking this medication in a supervised setting, medication-assisted treatment patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic sessions that help uncover and address the underlying issues behind the development of the Percodan addiction.
Types of Treatment Offered for Percodan Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is outpatient care that is designed to meet the individual needs of each and every patient. Men and women, aged 18 and older, are invited to join our program to work closely with doctors, nurses, and counselors who can help develop treatment plans just for them. Some of these personalized treatment plans can include the following:
Methadone: Methadone is a frequently used medication in the treatment of Percodan addiction, as it is an opioid agonist. Methadone works by trigging the same receptors in the brain as Percodan would, but without producing a high. Therefore, a patient who is taking methadone can continue to function normally by going to work, maintaining positive relationships, etc. without being overtaken by a high. For this reason, plus many more, methadone has been used as a safe and effective form of treatment for decades.
Suboxone: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Suboxone for use in medication-assisted treatment programs in 2002. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, both of which have beneficial factors. Buprenorphine works to decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone prevents overdose. Because of the naloxone in Suboxone, patients taking this medication are allowed to take several doses home with them, as opposed to having to come to the treatment center daily.
Subutex: Similar to Suboxone, Subutex works by lessening withdrawal symptoms and curbing drug cravings. However, Subutex does not contain naloxone, meaning that patients must come to the treatment center on a daily basis to receive their dose. In many cases, patients will begin using Subutex, then taper off and switch over to Suboxone.
Vivitrol: Vivitrol is also a medication used in medication-assisted treatment. However, unlike Suboxone and Subutex, Vivitrol is injected once monthly, as opposed to orally and on a daily basis. The main ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which curbs drug cravings and silences withdrawal symptoms.
Individual therapy: Someone who is struggling with Percodan addiction is likely to also be dealing with physical, psychological, and emotional issues, all of which require professional treatment. Therefore, our medication-assisted treatment centers offer individual therapy so patients can work one-on-one with our trained counselors to get to the root of their Percodan addiction. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we strongly believe in incorporating individual therapy into each one of our patient’s care.
Group therapy: Group therapy serves as an excellent compliment to individual therapy, as it allows patients to share experiences with opioid addiction with others who are also going through the same thing. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our group therapy sessions are led by trained, professional counselors who are experts in leading a forum that is not only productive, but also informative and safe.
Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Percodan Abuse
Percodan abuse is a serious, life-threatening issue that is not only dangerous, but also potentially deadly. Continuing to abuse Percodan can lead to organ damage, respiratory issues, depression, seizures, paranoia, brain damage, and other mental and physical health issues.
A Percodan addiction, like many other addictions, is difficult to stop, especially as the user is often powerless over their disease. Even after experiencing serious consequences, an individual still might not be able to stop. Without the intervention of professionals, Percodan users can suffer many of these effects and possibly even lose their lives.
Luckily, professional help can eliminate a Percodan addiction from an individual’s life. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our devoted and talented team of experts is ready to help you or your loved one put an end to Percodan addiction so a happy, healthy life can be achieved.