One of the fastest growing and most serious drug problems in the United States is abuse of prescription drugs, including painkillers like Percocet. Percocet is the brand name for a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever prescribed for acute but temporary pain, and acetaminophen, the generic name for Tylenol. Percocet is extremely helpful for people in pain, but because it is an opium-based medication, it has a high potential for addiction.
Addictions to prescription drugs have gone up 400% over the past decade, and Percocet is on the top of the list. We all need help with pain sometimes, but could someone you care about have crossed the line into abuse and addiction?
Here are 5 tell-tale signs that your friend has a Percocet addiction.
- They take more of their pain pills than are prescribed. There are maximum dosages of Percocet allowed, because taking too much impairs mental function and can damage the liver and other internal organs. People who may have a Percocet addiction take more than they should, either because they feel they need more to control their pain or because they enjoy the other effects.
- The experience withdrawal if they can’t get it. If someone isn’t prescribed Percocet, they may have a difficult time getting it. If they can’t, they may start to experience confusion, drowsiness, headaches, sweating, dry mouth, vomiting, or constipation.
- Always borrowing or asking for money so they can buy Percocet. Percocet is expensive if you don’t have a prescription for it, so they will need the money to buy it. They are going to get money in any way possible so they can feed their addiction.
- Doctor shopping. If your friend has more doctors appointments than they can really explain, they might be doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions of Percocet.
- They stop doing things with their usual friends, or they get new friends. Once someone becomes addicted to Percocet, their priorities shift. Friends and family aren’t the most important thing anymore; all they care about is getting the medication. They may start hanging out with people who can get them their Percocet, instead of the people who truly care about them.
- Going through friends’ and families’ belongings. People who are addicted to Percocet will sneak into your bathroom and go through your medicine cabinet, or go through your purse, backpack, or dresser drawers without your permission. They are looking for leftover prescription Percocet, but they will also take cash if they can’t get medications.
Remember that someone who displays these 5 tell-tale signs that they have a Percocet addiction will need a friend during this hard time. This may mean confronting them about their behavior, or offering to help them find a good program to help them with their addiction. The staff at Treatment Now can answer questions and provide guidance to you and your friend 24/7. Just call us at 844-438-8689.