The Progression of Percodan Addiction

The progression of Percodan addictionPercodan is a medication which contains aspirin and the opioid drug oxycodone. Opioid drugs are synthetic medications that are similar in composition and effect to drugs like morphine, which are derived from the opium poppy. Like morphine, opioids like Percodan are highly addicting.

Why People Begin Using Percodan

People begin taking Percodan for a variety of reasons.

  • People may begin taking Percodan because it was prescribed to them for pain-relief after an injury or surgery, or for another painful medical condition. Addiction can develop easily, no matter what the initial motivation for taking the drug. A 2004 article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons reports that the rates of addiction to opioids among chronic pain sufferers is equal to the rate of addiction to opioids in the general population.
  • People may begin experimenting with Percodan for its euphoric or mood-altering effects. Sometimes people believe prescription drugs like Percodan are safer than other drugs of abuse. They may also be easier to obtain. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that about 4 million people reported using a drug containing oxycodone non-medically in 2006.
  • People who are dependent on other drugs such as heroin or methadone may use Percodan to self-treat the withdrawal symptoms from their primary drug of abuse. Combining drugs can be a very dangerous practice. Using Percodan with alcohol or other sedating substances can lead to depressed breathing and can be fatal.

Percodan Tolerance and Dependence

Whatever the reason for originally taking Percodan, the progression of addiction is very similar in the majority of cases. Most who eventually become addicted first find that they must take larger amounts of the drug in order to duplicate the effects that smaller amounts used to provide. This is known as drug tolerance, and is a sign that the user’s body is adapting to the effects of the drug.

As the body and brain continue to adapt, Percodan users may find that when they don’t take the drug on a regular basis, they experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms associated with Percodan include anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, body pain, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. When withdrawal symptoms occur, the user can be said to have developed drug dependence.

When someone is physically dependent on Percodan, but not yet experiencing drug cravings, it is possible to be treated successfully and avoid further descent into full addiction. In addiction, user’s brains have adapted to the drug to such an extent that they experience intense cravings and place a very high priority on using it regularly. They feel compelled to use Percodan even when it is disrupting their life. Friends and family of those addicted to Percodan may notice changes in mood and behavior.

Finding Treatment for Percodan Addiction

It is difficult to beat an addiction to Percodan without help, but help is available. Call our toll-free helpline, which is staffed 24 hours a day, and let us give you the hope and assistance you need to take back your life. Addiction will continue to progress without treatment. Stop it in its tracks. Call today.