Women Addicted to Percocet after Surgery

Women addicted to Percocet after surgeryIn a family, the mother is frequently the person with the greatest share of childcare responsibilities, baking cupcakes for school, testing children on spelling words and driving children all over town for activities and events. In the home, the mother is also often responsible for proper meal planning, making healthy dinners, getting the laundry done and paying the bills. When a woman also works outside of the house, she has responsibilities and stressors at work that only get exacerbated when a family issue arises during her work day. By the end of the day, many women are so exhausted, physically and emotionally, that they basically collapse into bed.

Women requiring surgery want to recovery quickly, so they can resume their responsibilities. This desire to return to their daily lives may be what makes women susceptible to Percocet abuse after surgery. Whether they had a minor procedure such as an appendectomy or something more significant such as a hysterectomy, a woman is more likely to take more Percocet more often so that they can get up and take care of their obligations.

Percocet Side Effects

Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. A woman may experience some of the common side effects of Percocet including:

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Rash or itchiness
  • Emotional mood disorders
  • Dry mouth
  • Liver or renal damage if taken in large doses
  • Potentially fatal respiratory depression

However, these side effects don’t prevent her from continuing to take Percocet, because she would rather be working and taking care of her family than focusing on whether the Percocet has the potential for addiction.

Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

When a woman recognizes that the Percocet may be having a negative impact on her, she may try to stop taking the drug but then encounter the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Watery eyes, nose, and excessive salivation
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Yawning

These symptoms interfere with daily life and function, and a woman may return to Percocet use so that she is not slowed down by such symptoms.

Treatment for Percocet Addiction

The most important thing for a woman addicted to Percocet to do is give herself permission to take time off and get treatment. The investment of time, energy, emotional focus and money directed at her alone is something that she may not be used to and may feel guilty about. This should not be the case, because treatment will allow her to be a happier and healthier woman who can accomplish everything life requires of her.

Percocet addiction treatment begins with detox. A typical detox program may last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Research has shown that effective drug treatment programs should last at least 30 days, and maintenance of a sober life after drug abuse requires a lifelong commitment. It is not uncommon for a woman to feel that this much time away from her family could have a negative impact on their lives.

However, having a mother as an addict is probably one of the worst things that a child has to endure, so we need to allow women to focus on themselves, we need to allow women to seek the treatment they need and we need to support women as they build a life free from drugs.

Get Help with Percocet Addiction

While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today.  We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Percocet addiction programs geared towards women.  We are here to help you begin your recovery now.