Though it can be a benefit when used to treat pain or legitimate medical problems, abuse of Percocet can lead to addiction and other health problems.


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What is Percocet?
Percocet is known as the “White Collar Heroin.” It is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid, or narcotic, and acetaminophen is a pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. It is available in 2.5/325, 5/325, 7.5/325, 7.5/500, 10/325, and 10/650 mg tablets (oxycodone/acetaminophen strengths). You should never exceed 4 grams of acetaminophen in a day to avoid liver damage. Percocet is a time-released medication, so many who are addicted begin chewing, crushing, snorting and injesting the drug for rapid absorption in the bloodstream. This is dangerous, not only because it exposes the body to dangerous and high concentrations of opioids, it also can damage the nose or veins by adding substances in those orifices that were not supposed to be there. It can also cause trouble breathing, or even cause your breathing to stop.

Percocet Addiction

Though thousands of Americans rely on prescription medications like Percocet to relieve pain from all manner of ailments (menstrual cramps, headaches, surgery recovery or lingering pain from a past injury), heavy reliance on the medication can lead to dangerous addiction. When an individual becomes addicted to a prescription drug like Percocet, their bodies begin to rely on the drug to cope with daily activities and feel normal.

Effects of Percocet Abuse

Consistent Percocet abusers will face adverse effects because of the dangers of using the drug. Percocet addiction can be detected by a variety of warning signs and physical symptoms. Usage increase as a result of developing a tolerance to the drug is one of the most common. Increase in usage can also lead to personality changes, mysterious comings and goings, change in daily habits, neglecting responsibilities, blackouts and forgetfulness. Chronic abusers of Percocet might also exhibit anxiety, irritability, agitation, nervousness, depression, social withdrawal, or an emotional sense of wellbeing.

Some physical signs and symptoms to look for in individuals who chronically abuse Percocet include dizziness, light-headedness, sleeplessness, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, and increased muscle or bone pain. After long-term abuse, the addicted individual might begin to have seizures, exhibit damage to vital organs, or even go into a coma. Other long-term effects of abuse include respiratory depression, loss of concentration, and long-term muscle pains.


Though Percocet addiction can be detrimental to an individual’s health and personal life, there is always a way out. Residential Percocet addiction treatment at Therápia is the beginning of the recovery process for many who struggle with addiction. A residential facility provides a safe place away from drugs and alcohol. Proper rehabilitation can facilitate an end to the behaviors that fuel addictive practices. Individual therapy combined with group and experiential activity help to develop new ways of thinking and new behaviors. When rehab is completed, an effective aftercare plan can be integral to assisting the recovery process. Through case management and developing strong ties with the alumni support system, our clients begin to create a sober life. Therápia provides every graduate of our drug rehab program with a plan to continue this process. Ultimately, it is still up to the individual whether successful recovery is obtained, but the right elements of support and participation in aftercare programs can ease the process.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a Percocet dependency, call 1-888-917-3422 to speak with an intake specialist today. Begin the process of restoring your life or the life of a loved one….one step at a time.