If a person uses Percocet long enough, their body will eventually become dependent on the drug. When this happens, if they try to stop using Percocet, the person will experience withdrawal — physical and psychological symptoms that occur when the body starts to detoxify or remove the toxins of Percocet from its system.
Withdrawal and detox can be painful, and often is the reason many who want to stop using Percocet, don’t. Undergoing detox at an accredited facility such as The Recovery Village can mitigate these undesirable effects and make the process as comfortable as possible, and keep the patient safety as they begin their recovery journey.
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Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
When the body begins to detox, a Percocet abuser will experience withdrawal symptoms. Such symptoms are both physical and psychological, and often quite painful. You will know if a person is dependent on Percocet if they try to stop using Percocet and experience withdrawal. In many cases, especially for those who are taking the medication with a prescription, this can mark the beginning of developing an addiction to Percocet. Some physical symptoms of Percocet withdrawal are:
- Runny nose
- Muscle spasms and aches
- Hot or cold spells
- High blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
Some psychological symptoms of Percocet withdrawal include:
- Agitation / Aggression
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
There are two common strategies for quitting Percocet — all at once, also known as cold turkey, or tapered. Withdrawal can make both of these methods difficult. When quitting cold turkey, withdrawal symptoms will begin sooner and feel more severe because of the sudden lack of Percocet in your system. Tapering, or reducing the amount of drug dosage over time, can ease these withdrawal symptoms but is often difficult to maintain because it requires strong willpower. Tapering also makes withdrawal last longer, drawing out the symptoms for weeks or months, potentially.
In both cases, withdrawal can also be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It’s recommended Percocet addicts undergo detox in a medical facility, such as a hospital or detox center, to avoid these adverse symptoms. In recent years, medication-assisted detox has also become increasingly popular. Certain medications can mimic the effect of Percocet in the brain, “tricking” it into thinking you are receiving the drug when you are not and therefore lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Our doctors at The Recovery Village® determine on a case-by-case basis whether using certain medications to ease your withdrawal is right for you. Some medications used to detox from Percocet and other prescription opioids include:
Some also believe in the power of alternative or home therapies to manage withdrawal symptoms, although there is typically limited scientific research or evidence to support these theories. A few popular home remedies for Percocet withdrawal include getting acupuncture, drinking ginseng tea and taking u’finer or Tai-Kang-Ning supplements.
Percocet Withdrawal Timeline
Percocet withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as four hours after you take your last dose of the narcotic. For those who have been taking Percocet for a long period of time, these symptoms may take longer to manifest because Percocet is built up in your system. For most people, Percocet withdrawal will last at least one week. Chronic users may experience withdrawal for up to three or four weeks. When your symptoms begin to lessen, it’s time to begin creating a plan for entering drug rehab to continue your recovery from Percocet addiction.
Percocet Detox Process
Detoxification is a natural process the body undergoes to rid itself of toxins. While detoxifying diets or cleanses can help get rid of chemicals and toxins in foods, a drug detox will rid all traces of a drug from the body. This process can be moderately painful for those who have developed a dependence to or who are addicted to a drug. Prescription opioid detox — including Percocet detox — is notorious for being particularly unpleasant and difficult due to the nature of the drug and how it affects the brain. During Percocet detox, which normally lasts 5-7 days, a person will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common are vomiting, diarrhea and sweating — all ways of expelling Percocet and its chemicals from the body. This can make detoxification dangerous, however, because in the process of losing these liquids, a person can easily become dehydrated and nutrient deficient.
For this reason, it’s especially important for those undergoing detox to do so carefully in a medically-supervised environment. Detox centers or rehab facilities such as The Recovery Village offer 24/7 medical supervision for those detoxing from Percocet. Our nurses and doctors will make sure you’re fully hydrated, your electrolytes and other nutrients are maintained and your pain is at a manageable level. In some cases, we use detox medication to aid patients who experience severe pain during withdrawal.
Percocet detox is different for each person. The severity of your withdrawal symptoms, how quickly they begin and how long it takes to stop experiencing withdrawal will vary depending on several factors:
- How long you abused Percocet
- How much of the narcotic you were taking
- How you consumed the drug
- If you are abusing more than one drug at a time
During your detox at The Recovery Village®, we will also work with you to develop a plan for further drug treatment and recovery. Detoxification is merely the first step in the long process that is recovery. Some argue addicts are always recovering, whether they have been sober for six weeks or six years. The Recovery Village® offers several Percocet addiction treatment programs, including inpatient and outpatient programming. Our expert staff includes medical doctors and talented clinicians who help address each patient’s physical and psychological wellness.
Detox may be the physical act of getting sober, but living a sober lifestyle requires the right mindset, as well as an arsenal of sober living and other coping skills. During rehab, our team will help you uncover why you began using Percocet and teach you how to manage cravings for the prescription opioid.
Percocet Detox at Home
During Percocet detoxification, the body will use any means possible to rid itself of Percocet. This can cause many adverse effects, including dehydration. If you are detoxing from multiple drugs at once, such as Percocet and alcohol, you also run the risk of organ damage or failure. While it’s rare to die from withdrawal or detox, death is a possible side effect. For this reason, it’s recommended you detox at a medical facility.
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