What is Percocet?

Percocet is a prescription painkiller that contains both oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is an opioid painkiller that is used in the management of moderate to severe pain. Percocet can be formulated in a variety of strengths. It is a controlled substance that is available by prescription only. Percocet holds a high abuse potential. It is one of the most commonly abuse prescription pain relievers world wide.

Percocet Use

Percocet is used in the management of moderate to severe pain. It is designed to be used on a short term basis for patients recovering from injury, surgery, or dental procedures. Percocet is often prescribed for migraines or other recurring conditions. It is also used off label to treat insomnia and coughing.

Percocet Misuse

When used as directed it is an extremely effective medication. However it does hold very addictive properties making it a high risk of misuse. Percoet is prescribed for short term use, in this time frame patients can develop a tolerance and increase doses without their Doctors knowledge, they may even continue the use of the drug longer than prescribed. This can lead to the patient developing a physical and psychological dependency.

Percocet is commonly abused by people for recreational purposes. When taken in high doses Percocet can crease feelings of euphoria, lessen anxiety and produce a sense of well being. The user may crush or chew the pill to remove its time release properties, creating instantaneous effects. The user may ingests, snort or inject Percocet for its desired recreational effects. Regular use of Percocet can result in the individual developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.


Signs of Percocet Abuse

  • Intentional Misuse of the medication
  • Visiting multiple doctors or pharmacies for new prescriptions
  • Purchasing the medication illegally
  • Stealing the medication from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Change in behavior
  • Difficulties at work or school
  • Trouble in personal relationships
  • Legal troubles
  • Health issues
  • Unable to stop the use of Percocet without experiencing symptoms of withdrawal

Symptoms of Percocet Withdrawal

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Fever
  • Panic attack
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Liver damage

Percocet Addiction Treatment

The best coarse of treatment for a Percocet addiction is within a treatment facility. There the patient will receive an individualized treatment plan that offers them the treatment aspects needed to meet their personal recovery needs. The patient will be able to work through their physical and psychological dependency to Percocet in a safe, secure and therapeutic environment.


Detoxification is typically the first step in treatment for Percocet addiction. The patient will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to Percocet abuse. They will be gradually weened off the medication until they are able to function without experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. If dose reduction is not an option the patient will receive a prescription medication to lessen any symptoms of withdrawal and control cravings.

Therapy and Counseling

Cognitive therapy and counseling  will help the patient work through their psychological addiction to Percocet. The patient will be able to recognize the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with the misuse of Percocet and change them to ones that promote sober living. The patient will undergo one on one counseling sessions to get to the root cause of their addiction and work through it. Therapy and counseling will allow the patient to work through all areas of their addiction and to develop the key tools needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home.