Percodan Relapse

Percodan (also known as Endodan) is a prescription-strength opiate pain reliever that is highly addictive. Percodan contains oxycodone and aspirin and is usually prescribed to treat moderate to short-term severe pain. In recent years, Percodan has largely been replaced by a drug called Percocet (which is an equally addictive compound of acetaminophen and oxycodone) and other oxycodone medications. All products that contain oxycodone (including OxyContin, Percodan and Percocet) can become habit-forming.

As of June 2010, Percodan is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Other Schedule II drugs include opium, morphine and cocaine. Percodan and other prescription Schedule II drugs are considered highly addictive and are not given refills when prescribed by a reputable doctor.

Many times individuals begin taking Percodan because of a doctor’s prescription and find themselves having to take higher and higher doses in order to achieve the original effects. Even the most cautious user can become caught in a spiral of Percodan dependency and addiction. Percodan can become a serious addiction in as little as three weeks.

Because Percodan is an opiate similar to morphine, it can alter a person’s mood while it kills pain—which is the key reason it is so highly addictive. The cycle of Percodan addiction is very hard to fight. Even individuals who have never experimented with drugs may have been prescribed Percodan or other oxycodone drugs for a legitimate illness and then found themselves quickly addicted.

Percodan and other oxycodone drugs are both psychologically and physically addictive. Percodan treatment requires a very strong support system and treatment team in order to prevent relapse, and even then relapse is still possible.

If you have been treated for Percodan or oxycodone addiction already but are facing relapse issues, you are not alone. In fact, opiate drugs are notorious when it comes to relapse. Reputable treatment centers are aware of the strong pull of Percodan and should be able to help you in your situation.

Handling Relapse

A Percodan relapse can happen to anyone. Whether you have been in recovery for two months or twenty years, relapse is a possibility. Relapse is not in any way a reflection of dedication, intelligence, income, personality or willpower. It is a common occurrence that can be overcome.

There are some steps you can take to help ensure that your relapse passes quickly and that you are on your way to recovery once again:

  • Don’t make it worse. So you relapsed, or you are very tempted to relapse. It isn’t the end of the world. Take steps to learn from your situation and move past it. This situation is not permanent.
  • Don’t ignore the temptation or the relapse. Ignoring the situation makes it worse. Just like you would go to the doctor if you broke a bone, you should take this situation to a trained counselor. The faster you can learn how and why this happened, the faster you can move toward wellness.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. Setbacks happen to us all. Beating yourself up is not going to make things better.
  • Take inventory. What is happening in your life right now? Are things stressful for you? Maybe it is time for a change.
  • Find treatment—soon! Don’t wait to treat this situation. Every relapse is different and each relapse happens for a different reason. Understanding why will help you avoid relapse next time.

Percodan Relapse Help

Relapse happens to everyone, and opiate drugs like Percodan are especially notorious for causing relapse. You owe it to yourself and your family to explore the treatment options available to you. We offer a toll free 24-hour helpline to get you through this time. Our trained counselors are experts in the addiction field and can help you find the right treatment and care that you need.