Percocet: A Widely Abused Drug

A Prescription Pain Reliever That is Addictive in Nature

Percocet is a controlled substance that is classified as a schedule II drug by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). The drug is often prescribed to those who have chronic or severe pain as a result of sickness or in order to ease the pain after a car accident. Unfortunately, these prescription pain relievers are highly addictive and individuals can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms soon after they stop taking them.

Percocet is the brand name of the drug but it is actually a narcotic that is made up of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. It falls into the class of drugs called Opiates; a highly-addictive and habit-forming class of drug and while it is not as powerful as drugs such as fentanyl and morphine, it is a regulated narcotic that can be addictive.

How Does Percocet Work?

Percocet works binding to opiate receptors that are located in the brain which, in turn, produce a euphoric feeling. The brain then releases dopamine which floods the brain making the individual feel overwhelmingly good. With the extended use of Percocet, the body is unable to produce enough dopamine to make the individual feel good without having the drug in their system. This is when the individual is at risk of developing a dependency on the drug. This dependency can lead to addiction even if the individual takes the drug as prescribed.

If you find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you are not taking Percocet, you may be building up a dependency to the drug. The longer that you take the drug, the higher tolerance you will have.

Some of the physical signs and symptoms that you may be developing a problem with the drug are:

  • Feeling sleepy
  • Confused
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Chronic headache

There are other signs and symptoms of Percocet abuse such as:

  • Becoming secretive
  • Isolating yourself from friends and family
  • Lying to doctors in order to get a prescription
  • Purchasing the drug off of a friend
  • Being untruthful about your symptoms
  • Taking more than the recommended dosage

If you or someone close to you is exhibiting signs of Percocet abuse, they may require help. Taking prescription drugs without a doctors prescription can have very serious and adverse side effects.

Seeking Treatment

Treatment can help you recover from your prescription drug abuse. Without proper help, the drug abuse will continue to worsen until it turns into full-on addiction. Drug abuse is a dangerous and slippery slope that can get out of control very quickly. Since addiction is an all-encompassing disease, it will rob you of everything from your career to your family and personal relationships; this is simply the nature of the disease of addiction.

It’s important that you seek help for your prescription drug abuse issue before it progresses and worsens. There are treatment options available that can help get your abuse under control. If you or someone close to you is displaying signs of drug abuse, help is required immediately.  


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.