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Percodan Abuse Help

Percodan abuse helpPercodan contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen, an ingredient found in aspirin. Percodan is prescribed for pain treatment but is also addictive and overdose can result in death.

Percodan Detoxification

The first step to overcoming Percodan addiction is detox. Detox is not a cure for addiction. It is the process during which the body rids itself of all physical traces of Percodan. Detox and withdrawal can be uncomfortable and may involve health risks, making medical supervision an important part of this process. Further treatment or therapy will be necessary for a patient to fully recover and to prevent relapse.

Maintenance Treatment for Percodan Addiction

Maintenance treatment is the process of administering diminishing doses of less powerful drugs than Percodan in order to wean the patient away from use. The most common drugs used in maintenance treatment are methadone and buprenorphine. These drugs can be addictive themselves, and the process of maintenance treatment should be medically supervised.

More than 100,000 Americans currently use methadone to treat Percodan addiction. Methadone is only available legally through medical clinics. One dose of methadone lasts 24-36 hours and allows users to avoid the highs and lows of drug addiction and withdrawal. Methadone users are more likely to hold a steady job, have a stable family life, and are less likely to commit crime than Percodan abusers.

Buprenorphine is administered by a medical professional and is taken three times a week. This drug occupies opiate nerve receptors and produces a mild opiate-like effect. Because there is the potential for abuse when taken alone, buprenorphine is now commonly combined with nolaxine, which neutralizes the opiate-like effect of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is more convenient than methadone, which requires daily trips to a clinic.

Therapy for Percodan Addiction

Therapists and behavioral therapy help patients learn to do the following:

  • Identify thoughts, moods, or situations that may lead to Percodan use
  • Learn how to avoid relapse
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Deal with stress
  • Over come negative attitudes

Psychotherapy is another therapy option. It isn’t recommended as a primary treatment, but can be valuable in identifying underlying psychiatric conditions and treating them. In cases with co-occurring disorders, psychotherapy can be an effective secondary form of treatment. Group therapy is a preferred form of treatment for Percodan users and can help them feel less isolated and help them learn about their addiction and its causes.

Residential Treatment for Percodan Addiction

Percodan abusers may choose to participate in residential treatment, which can last between a few weeks and two years. Residential chemical dependency programs last between one and three months and usually involve 12-step support programs and other services. Therapeutic communities are residential treatment programs that last six months to two years and residents attend therapy and take part in group meetings, gradually earning their freedom by displaying their control and ability to avoid drugs.

Need Percodan Abuse Help?

If you or someone you know is dealing with Percodan abuse, we’re here to help. Call our toll-free number to learn more about Percodan abuse and options for recovery. We are available 24 hours a day and can help you get started on a path to recovery.

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