Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Acadiana Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Acadiana Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Percocet Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms

Acadiana Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with Percocet addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving Louisiana, Acadiana is the premier provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults.

Understanding Percocet Addiction

Learn About Percocet Abuse & Addiction

Percocet is a prescription painkiller that consists of two ingredients, oxycodone, and acetaminophen. Oxycodone, which is an opioid, interacts with the central nervous system to alleviate pain and promote sensations of relaxation and mild euphoria. Acetaminophen assists with pain relief and also decreases fever. Percocet is most commonly prescribed to individuals who have been experiencing moderate to severe pain.

When a person uses Percocet in the manner that is consistent with the direction of the prescribing physician, he or she may experience the beneficial effects of this medication with little risk of harm. However, Percocet can be dangerous if it is abused, either as a means of self-medication or solely for recreational purposes. An overdose of oxycodone can depress heart rate and respiration, and taking too much acetaminophen can cause irreversible liver damage, which means that Percocet abuse can be dangerous or even deadly.

Also, oxycodone is an addictive substance, so individuals who use Percocet for reasons other than legitimate medical purposes run the risk of becoming dependent. An addiction to Percocet or any other substance that contains an opioid can be extremely difficult to overcome without proper professional help. Both powerful drug cravings and the onset of physical and psychological distress can quickly overwhelm an individual’s desire to end his or her Percocet abuse and can drive him or her even deeper into the destructive cycle of Percocet addiction.


Statistics for Percocet Addiction

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), opioid use disorder, the type of substance use disorder that includes Percocet addiction, affects about 0.37% of the adult population in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the annual number of prescription opioid overdose deaths increased dramatically in the first decade of the 21st century, increasing by 265% among men and by 400% among women. Data provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) indicates that about two million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription medications in 2015.

Causes & Risks

Causes & Risk Factors of Percocet Addiction

The likelihood that a person will abuse or become addicted to Percocet may be influenced by a variety of factors, including the following:

Genetic: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports that genetic factors can directly and indirectly influence a person’s risk for developing an opioid use disorder. According to the APA, individuals who inherit certain personality traits, including novelty-seeking and impulsiveness, have a higher likelihood of abusing and becoming addicted to opioids, which would put these individuals at higher risk for Percocet dependence.

Environmental: The peers with whom one chooses to interact can raise or lower a person’s risk for abusing opioids, and the APA also notes that individuals such as medical personnel who have easy access to opioids may be at greater risk for abusing these dangerous drugs.

 Risk Factors:

  • Family history of substance abuse and addiction
  • Being female (women are at increased risk for Percocet dependence)
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Personal history of a prior substance use disorder
  • Suffering an injury or chronic condition that is treated with Percocet
  • Early exposure to substance abuse
  • Novelty-seeking
  • Impulsivity
Signs and Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of Percocet Addiction

Percocet abuse and addiction may make itself known via a variety of signs and symptoms that may vary in nature and intensity from person to person. The following are some of the more common signs and symptoms that may suggest Percocet abuse or addiction:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Trying but being incapable of stopping or reducing one’s Percocet use
  • Visiting multiple doctors or otherwise attempting to fraudulently obtain a Percocet prescription
  • Trying to borrow or steal Percocet that was prescribed to someone else
  • Trying to borrow or steal money to buy Percocet
  • Using Percocet when it is clearly risky or dangerous to do so, such as when also using other substances or prior to operating a motor vehicle
  • Taking Percocet in greater quantities or for a longer period of time than intended
  • Continuing to abuse Percocet even after having experienced negative effects from prior use

Physical symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Poor coordination and/or balance
  • Fatigue and/or exhaustion
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Shallow or irregular breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Slurring speech
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not taking Percocet

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Impaired judgment
  • Inability to focus or concentrate

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Anger and aggression
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

Effects of Percocet Addiction

Continuing to abuse Percocet without seeking effective treatment can expose a person to a variety of negative effects, including but not limited to the following:

  • Onset or exacerbation of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vision problems
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Physical injuries due to Percocet-related impairment
  • Strained or ruined interpersonal relationships
  • Family discord
  • Legal problems, including arrest and incarceration
  • Poor academic and/or occupational performance
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Financial devastation
  • Social withdrawal or ostracization
  • Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts
  • Death

People who develop an opioid use disorder involving Percocet may also be at increased risk for the following co-occurring mental health disorders:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other substance use disorders
Withdrawal Effects

Effects & Symptoms of Withdrawal from Percocet

Effects of Percocet withdrawal: When a person’s body becomes dependent on Percocet, stopping or significantly reducing his or her use of Percocet can trigger several painful withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • Dysphoria
  • Overwhelming cravings for Percocet
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Raised body temperature
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Twitches and tremors
  • Diarrhea

Effects of Percocet overdose: As noted earlier on this page, both of the ingredients in Percocet, oxycodone, and acetaminophen, can cause serious problems when a person ingests an unhealthy amount of the drug. Anyone who exhibits the following symptoms after ingesting Percocet may have overdosed and may be in need of immediate medical attention.

  • Slurring speech
  • Slow, shallow, or labored breathing
  • Faint heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Powerful cramping
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

A Foundation for Recovery

At Acadiana Treatment Center, we aim to help each client attain a thorough understanding of the concerns they're facing and learn how to find relief. Our treatment focuses on thorough education and employs proven methods of individualized treatment.

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After almost ODing on Percocet, I had enough. After getting treatment for my addiction at Acadiana, I am now drug-free and about to start my road to recovery!

– Jacob P.
We are affiliated with the following organizations, which provide accreditation, education, and training to ensure quality mental health and addiction treatment.
  • Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Jason Foundation