Vicodin addiction is a growing problem throughout the United States. The non-medical use of this mood-altering drug has devastating effects on a person’s mind and body and has also ruined many lives since put onto the medical market.
Some began using Vicodin as directed by their Doctor for a legitimate medical condition and find themselves enjoying the effects and continuing its use longer than prescribed. Many will visit several Doctors seeking Vicodin prescriptions to sooth their cravings of this highly addictive drug. Others began using Vicodin as a recreational drug, enjoying the mood-altering effects while partying with friends. Many are under the false impression that Vicodin is safe in comparison to an illicit street drug. The truth is that Vicodin is just as dangerous and is responsible for more overdoses than typical street drugs.
Which ever way the abuse of Vicodin began, the users body developed a tolerance rather quickly, requiring more of the drug to reach the desired effects. In time they became dependent on the drug, addicted, experiencing withdrawal symptoms and extreme drug cravings when not using. Often those addicted to Vicodin require the assistance of a treatment facility to successfully quit.
What is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic, Acetaminophen is an antipyretic. Vicodin is an opiate based medication used to control moderate to severe pain. The drug works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Vicodin is an opiate that works fast to numb pain and sensory reactions. It has similar characteristics to drugs like heroin, codeine, and opium, many abuse the drug for recreational use to experience the mind-altering effects with high doses.
Developing a Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin is a mind-altering drug that affects the way that the brain functions, causing the brain to stop producing chemicals like endorphins. This causes the body to feel as if it can not function with out the drug, creating a dependence. They become addicted to the drug experiencing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Vicodin affects all mental, emotional and physical aspects of the addicts life. Many addicts may experience financial hardship, loss of employment, academic failures, as well as strained relationships with family and friends. The drug leaves their lives in shambles and most hit rock bottom before seeking help. Most want to stop with the symptoms of withdrawal and cravings make it seem impossible, most require the assistance of a treatment facility to quit.
When someone stops, or dramatically reduces their use of Vicodin they will experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms that vary depending on the level of the addiction. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin six to thirty hours after last use of the drug and include but are not limited to;
- Bone and Muscle Aches
- Runny Nose
- Excessive Yawning
- Increased tear production
- Excessive Sweating
The withdrawal symptoms related to Vicodin abuse can be painful and often require the assistance of a treatment facility to successfully quit. Those who try to quit “cold turkey” often return to using Vicodin to ease their pain.
Vicodin Addiction Treatment
The treatment program for Vicodin varies by the severity of the addiction and the length of time the drug was used. It is important to be weened off the drug slowly and under the supervision of a medical professional to prevent any harm to the addict. Medical detoxification is the most successful form of treatment for Vicodin withdrawal. The addict receives a non-addictive prescription medication to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal as well as to help control drug cravings. Others may require a more intense form of Detoxification, being sedated for a period of time to avoid the pain of withdrawal. Behavioral modification therapy will help the addict understand their addiction and learn how to control it when leaving the treatment facility. Joining a support group when leaving the program is recommended because these groups will help the addict maintain their sobriety when in the “real world”. You can successfully quit using Vicodin with the help of an Addiction Treatment Facility today.