When you take Percocet or alcohol in large amounts separately, there is a risk of overdose. Taking either of these substances on a consistent basis also creates the risk of physical and mental damage, as well as dependency and addiction.
When someone is addicted to either Percocet or alcohol, they are likely to face difficulties in all aspects of their life. Work, finances, relationships, and health are all often impacted. Someone who is addicted to these substances may also face legal difficulties. Coming off either after a period of addiction means going through withdrawal.
If someone is addicted to both of these substances, the risks are even greater. Combining the two increases damage to the body and mind, greatly elevates the risk of overdose, and creates a more complicated situation for withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are likely to be greater, and the chance of experiencing delirium tremens, a fatal condition caused by alcohol withdrawal, is increased.
If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol or Percocet, it is important to get help as soon as possible. There are many addiction treatment options available, and the sooner you seek help, the greater the chance of success. If you are struggling with addiction, please call us today for a free consultation. We can help you find the treatment you need to get on the road to recovery.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is a pain reliever that combines acetaminophen and Oxycodone. Oxycodone is a narcotic, which means it has the potential to be addictive. Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It should only be used for a short period of time, as directed by your doctor.
Percocet works by changing the way your brain responds to pain. It binds to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. Percocet also increases levels of dopamine in the brain, which creates a feeling of pleasure and well-being.
Dangers of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse is dangerous for many reasons. It is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down the body's systems. This can lead to impaired coordination, slurred speech, and slowed reflexes. Alcohol can also cause blackouts, where you cannot remember what happened while you were drinking.
Alcohol can also cause serious health problems. It is a leading cause of liver disease, and can also cause heart disease and cancer. Alcohol can also lead to accidents and injuries, as well as violence and aggression.
Dangers of Percocet Abuse
Percocet is only meant to be used for a short period of time, as directed by your doctor. Taking this prescription medication on a regular basis can lead to dependence and drug addiction. Percocet can also cause serious health problems, including liver damage, respiratory depression, and coma.
Overdose Risk of Mixing Alcohol and Percocet
Taking Percocet and alcohol together increases the risk of overdose. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down the body's systems. This can lead to impaired coordination, slurred speech, and slowed reflexes. Drinking alcohol can also cause blackouts, where you cannot remember what happened while you were drinking.
When Percocet and alcohol are taken together, they both depress the central nervous system. This can lead to serious health problems, including slowed breathing, low blood pressure, and coma. Mixing Percocet and alcohol also greatly increases the risk of overdose.
If you believe that you or someone around you is having an overdose, go to a hospital and consult professional medical advice immediately. Often when someone is having an overdose, their only chance of getting out of it is by receiving immediate medical treatment.
Alternatives to Percocet for Severe Pain
There are many alternative treatments for severe pain. These include over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. There are also prescription drugs, such as tramadol or codeine. These medications can be used on a short-term basis to relieve severe pain. Be aware that both of these prescription medications can also cause opioid addiction, and that opioid use can actually cause pain to become worse when used over a long period of time.
There are also non-medication treatments for pain, such as acupuncture or massage. These treatments can be used on a long-term basis to help manage chronic pain.
Getting Addiction Treatment for Percocet and Alcohol
If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol or Percocet, there is help available in the form of professional medical advice from addiction professionals. There are many treatment options available, including inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. These programs can provide you with the tools you need to overcome addiction and get on the road to recovery.
Dangers of Drinking Alcohol With Other Drugs
Taking alcohol with other drugs can be extremely dangerous. Mixing alcohol with other central nervous system depressants, such as Xanax or heroin, can slow down the body's systems to a dangerous level. This can lead to impaired coordination, slurred speech, and slowed reflexes. Imbibing alcohol with other drugs can also cause blackouts, where you cannot remember what happened while you were drinking.
Mixing alcohol with other drugs can also lead to serious health problems, including liver damage, respiratory depression, and coma. Consuming alcohol with other drugs can also lead to accidents and injuries, as well as violence and aggression. If you or someone you know is mixing alcohol with other drugs, it is important to get help as soon as possible. There are many treatment options available, including inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. These programs can provide you with the tools you need to overcome addiction and get on the road to recovery.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
The signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction can vary from person to person. However, there are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate that someone is struggling with alcohol addiction. These include:
- Consuming alcohol on a regular basis
- Consuming alcohol in large amounts
- Craving alcohol or feeling the need to drink alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is not available
- Consuming alcohol despite negative consequences
Delirium tremens are a serious complication that can occur during alcohol withdrawal. Delirium tremens typically occur 3-5 days after someone stops drinking alcohol. However, it can occur sooner if someone has been drinking heavily for a long period of time.
Delirium tremens are characterized by severe confusion, agitation, and hallucinations. Delirium tremens can also cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and fever. If left untreated, delirium tremens can be fatal.
There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing delirium tremens. These include:
- Drinking alcohol heavily for a long period of time
- Having a history of alcohol withdrawal
- Taking prescription medications like Percocet
- Having a medical condition that makes alcohol withdrawal more difficult
- Taking certain medications during alcohol withdrawal
Alcohol and drug abuse destroy lives separately. Taken together, the risks from these substances are increased. If you are taking prescription opioids, you should not drink alcohol.
Cornerstone Rehab recognizes the dangers of mixing Percocet and alcohol. We have experience treating the combination of these substances and want to help you get better. Contact us now to find out how you can find freedom again.