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Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

Vicodin, the name brand form of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is known for being a powerful prescription painkiller. This power also makes it highly addictive, which has led to the FDA’s proposed ban on the drug. People of all ages are prescribed Vicodin, especially for chronic pain or after wisdom teeth surgery, but almost 10 percent of high school seniors in the US abuse the drug by using it without a prescription. When you suspect Vicodin abuse taking place, consider finding out more about the drug including the signs of addiction and possible rehab options.

Signs of Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

Vicodin Addiction and AbuseVicodin is considered a physically addictive drug because in the process of relieving your pain, it allows your body to become physically dependent on it. If you have been using Vicodin for long periods of time, you’ll find that not only will you need more per use to help alleviate your pain, but the effects each time will not be as strong. However, should you try to go without Vicodin, you’ll likely experience the effects of withdrawal. Often, Vicodin cravings are considered psychological in nature, making you think the pain is actually worse than it is.

Vicodin addiction can also lead you to take extreme measures to get more of the drug. You may lie to family, friends and even doctors in order to gain additional prescriptions. Often, teens with Vicodin dependencies will steal drugs from family members with prescriptions, or buy them from others. This sort of illegal behavior puts you at risk in multiple ways and not just from the substance.

Risks of Vicodin Addiction and Abuse

Vicodin abuse comes with a number of risks to your health as well as to your everyday life. Engaging in illegal actions in order to acquire drugs can lead to you being in legal trouble, or in trouble with other addicts or drug dealers. You may find yourself hiding your Vicodin use from loved ones, which can put strain on your relationships with them. Ultimately, however, Vicodin use causes your health to suffer the most.

Vicodin depresses pain receptors in your body, but also slows your heart rate and respiratory functions. Taking too much Vicodin can send you into heart or respiratory failure. When your body starts to feel the effects of Vicodin withdrawal, you can experience severe nausea, profuse sweating and tremors. These symptoms may be magnified for severe addictions, making it dangerous to detox on your own.

Vicodin Addiction Treatment

Fortunately, you don’t have to detox on your own. Vicodin treatment programs exist to help you through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms and teach you to overcome any psychological urges the drugs may also cause. We are here to discuss your treatment options with you. Whether you’re comfortable with a residential program or simply an outpatient program, we can help find a program that’s right for you.