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Percocet addiction is a severe and chronic brain disease that can often be very challenging to overcome without professional help. Many individuals with Percocet dependence find that comprehensive, long-term care and support in a rehab center can be vital for maintaining a lasting recovery. At Guardian Recovery, we offer inpatient and outpatient programs, individualized treatment plans, and a wide range of therapeutic services and activities. 

Contact us to learn more about our commitment to provide those we treat with the skills and support they need to stop misusing Percocet and other substances. We can help you foster the healthy, sober life you deserve.

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Developing Addiction to Prescription Percocet Medication

Addiction is a complex and multifaceted disorder that consists of changes in the brain’s structure and function. Psychoactive substances, including drugs of misuse, trigger the release of dopamine in the brain, a chemical associated with feelings of pleasure and reward. With continued use, tolerance can develop, meaning that increasingly higher doses are required to achieve the desired effects. This can lead to an escalation of substance use.

Dependence is a condition that occurs when the body adapts to a substance’s presence in the system, leading to cravings and withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation. As dependence and tolerance progress, full-blown addiction can develop. At this time, the individual’s behavior may transition from voluntary substance use to a complete loss of control. Moreover, they will engage in compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite having experienced negative consequences.

Signs & Symptoms of Physical & Mental Dependence on Percocet Include:

  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Preoccupation with obtaining and using Percocet
  • Inability to control use despite adverse consequences
  • Loss of interest in other activities
  • Neglect of responsibilities, such as work and family life
  • Social isolation
  • Problems with finances or legal issues
  • Noticeable physical changes, such as weight loss or gain
  • Emotional instability

Percocet Addiction Detox & Rehab Process

Although the exact strategies and elements included in personalized treatment plans can vary, addiction treatment and recovery for Percocet misuse typically follows a specific process.

Components Include:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Case management
  • Medical detox
  • Inpatient programs
  • Outpatient programs
  • Evidence-based therapies 
  • One-on-one support from behavioral health professionals such as a psychiatrist
  • Holistic practices such as meditation and yoga
  • Psychoeducation
  • Skill building
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Peer support
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning

More therapies, services, and activities are available that can be included in your personalized treatment plan. Contact Guardian Recovery to learn more.

How Long Are Addiction Treatment Programs?

Following medical detox, individuals participate in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. These usually last from 28–90 days or longer, depending on the person’s needs, the severity of their addiction, and their progress in treatment and toward recovery. If a person receives a full continuum of care, the entirety of their treatment plan may last six months to a year or more.

Detoxing From Percocet Use

Percocet is a prescription painkiller consisting of the opioid oxycodone and acetaminophen. Medical detox is the process of quitting use while relieving cravings and withdrawal symptoms using Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications such as suboxone. Critically, detoxing from Percocet without professional help instead of in a clinical environment can lead to potentially severe complications, such as electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. 

Withdrawal symptoms during Percocet detox usually start a few hours after the last use. These effects herald the acute phase of withdrawal, which is usually the worst within the first 24–72 hours after the last dose. 

Physical & Emotional Symptoms Include:

  • Aches and pains 
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Drug cravings
  • Sweating and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of self-harm

Percocet Withdrawal Effects Timeline:

  • Days 1–2—Effects begin 12–24 hours after the last dose and typically include muscle aches and pains, anxiety and depression, insomnia, and sweating.
  • Days 3–5—Withdrawal effects peak, and may also consist of nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, chills, and an increased heart rate.
  • Days 6–7—Withdrawal symptoms usually begin to improve, but emotional symptoms can persist, including anxiety, depression, and drug cravings.

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) features prolonged, mostly psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, impaired concentration, insomnia, and others. These effects can persist for several weeks after the acute phase has ended. Importantly, not everyone will undergo PAWS, or experience the same duration and intensity of symptoms.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment Medications for Percocet Detox

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a form of treatment that addresses drug dependence. It involves the use of FDA-approved medications to manage withdrawal effects and cravings during the medical detox process. MAT should always be closely supervised by a qualified behavioral healthcare professional.

Medications Commonly Used in MAT for Percocet Include:

  • Methadone—A long-acting synthetic opioid that works by attaching to the same brain receptors as Percocet, but produces slower effects. (1) This allows it to reduce drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by dependence.
  • Naltrexone—An opioid antagonist that prevents other opioids from interacting with chemicals in the brain. Naltrexone is typically used after the acute withdrawal phase to help mitigate cravings and prevent relapse. (2)
  • Suboxone—A combination medication includes buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, meaning it attaches to the same brain receptors as Percocet but produces a subtler effect without causing feelings of euphoria. (3) Suboxone also contains naloxone, a drug that prevents opioid overdoses caused by extreme misuse. (4)

Co-Occurring Disorders That May Exist Alongside Percocet Addiction

It’s very common for those dependent on Percocet to also struggle with mental health disorders, making treatment more complex and recovery more challenging. For example, conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder frequently co-occur with Percocet addiction.

Dual diagnosis treatment is a comprehensive approach to treatment that consists of a group of behavioral health professionals collaborating to provide integrated care for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Various therapies, support groups, medication, and other strategies found to be effective for both conditions are generally included in treatment programs.

What Are the Medical Treatment Options for Percocet & Opioid Addiction?

Treatment options for Percocet dependence and addiction include inpatient rehab, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, and traditional outpatient treatment. 

Inpatient Rehab

In inpatient (residential) programs, individuals live in a treatment center 24/7 while receiving comprehensive care for drug or alcohol dependence. They participate in a wide range of therapeutic treatments, including evidence-based therapies, holistic activities, and group support. (5) Inpatient rehab offers a secure, comfortable setting devoid of temptations and triggers that may contribute to relapse. This format is often appropriate for those with severe addictions, co-occurring mental health conditions, or lack of a solid external support system.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), often referred to as day programs, provide a highly structured treatment format that is less intensive than inpatient rehab but more so than other outpatient levels of care. They typically offer similar therapies and approaches as residential treatment but do not require overnight stays. 

Outpatient (OP) & Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Outpatient (OP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) require engagement in treatment sessions a few hours per day, multiple days per week. (5) IOP and OP include the same therapies, services, and activities characteristic of higher levels of care. They are intended to provide individuals with the therapies, support, and resources they need to sustain their recovery outside of a structured environment. 

IOP is a higher level of care than OP, the primary difference being that OP requires less time commitment and engagement in fewer sessions per week. They may be appropriate for those who have completed a higher level of care or need flexibility to attend to responsibilities in their daily life.

Virtual & Online Treatment & Counseling

Virtual and online addiction treatment options are conducted via the Internet or other types of digital communication. These can include a range of services, such as teletherapy, counseling, and online support groups. Among the main benefits are convenience, enhanced privacy, and increased availability for those who need it.

Behavioral Treatment Methods & Therapies Used in Percocet Addiction Treatment

A range of behavioral treatment methods and therapies are used to treat Percocet dependence, including individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group and family therapy.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is designed to help individuals overcome addiction by exploring and addressing the underlying issues that contribute to addictive behavior. A psychiatrist or licensed therapist who has expertise in addiction treatment facilitates this form of therapy. During sessions, individuals learn to identify triggers and develop healthier coping skills to manage cravings and withdrawal effects.

The most common and well-researched approach used in individual therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This form of therapy is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interrelated and can contribute to behavioral health conditions and other mental and emotional issues. Additional therapeutic strategies that use CBT commonly include group and family therapies.

Other common forms of therapy used to treat addiction include motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and eye movement desensitization.

Group Therapy

Group therapy consists of a group of individuals struggling with drug or alcohol dependence collaborating with a licensed therapist or other professional. It’s intended to provide a supportive environment where peers can share experiences, learn from others, and continue developing healthy coping mechanisms to help manage their conditions.

Family Therapy

During family therapy, loved ones become involved in a family member’s addiction treatment process. This approach aims to help family members understand and address the impact substance use has on the family system and provide education and emotional support for all participants. 

Sober Living, Aftercare, & Long-Term Recovery

Sober living options following formal addiction treatment can be vital in helping individuals sustain sobriety and prevent relapse. Sober living homes offer a supportive living environment consisting of a group of peers struggling with similar issues. These options implement rules and provide stability that many need in early recovery.

Aftercare planning ensures that those who’ve completed treatment programs have access to continued mental health care and support options, such as therapy, counseling, and 12-step programs. Having a plan in place helps individuals maintain their recovery and reduce the risk of relapse.

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At Guardian Recovery, we understand that substance misuse is a complex, chronic disease that often requires lifelong care and support. As such, we offer a full continuum of evidence-based programs and services designed to help individuals experience a long-lasting recovery. Our holistic approach to treatment aims to address the physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of addiction.

Reach out to us today to speak with a treatment advisor and receive a free, no-obligation assessment and health insurance benefits check. We can explain more about our streamlined admissions process and various levels of care. We can help you begin your recovery journey and work toward cultivating a healthier, more fulfilling life.


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Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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