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Vicodin Addiction Treatment

Vicodin is a controlled prescription pain reliever. It is the combination of hydrocondone (a narcotic pain reliever) and acetaminophen (a non-narcotic pain reliever), and provides relief from moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone reprograms the way the brain feels and reacts to pain. Acetaminophen also works to reduce a fever.

What is Vicodin Addiction?

Vicodin is one of the most common prescription drug addictions. Addiction can usually be spotted when a user experiences withdrawal symptoms after he or she stops taking the drug after extended use.

Signs of Vicodin Addiction

Signs that you have developed an addiction to Vicodin are:

  • Feeling like you have to use the drug every day or even several times a day
  • Being unable to quit using drug
  • Buying the drug even when you cannot afford it
  • Doing things you would not normally do to get the drug, like lying or stealing
  • Feeling like you need the drug to cope with problems
  • Driving or partaking in other dangerous activities while under the influence of the drug
  • Putting increasingly more time and energy into getting and using the drug

Causes of Dependency

Extended, regular use of Vicodin can result in the body building a tolerance to the controlled substance. This requires users to increase dosage in order to stop their pain or alleviate any other symptoms that were initially treated with a smaller dose. Dependence and addiction can be both physical and psychological.

Effects of Use

Vicodin contains hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever. Symptoms of use according to doctor’s prescriptions include euphoria, drowsiness, sense of relaxation, and an inability to concentrate.

Complications and Long Term Effects of Vicodin Abuse

The strain that Vicodin abuse puts on the body can have serious and sometimes deadly effects. Initially, someone abusing Vicodin will experience muscle and bone pain, constipation and trouble urinating, irregularity in heart functions, dizziness and nausea. Further abuse and addiction results in hallucinations, constant confusion, vision problems and liver failure. In deep stages of addiction, users can lose control of bodily functions and can sometimes experience coma or death.

Help and Treatment for Vicodin Addiction

Treatment for Vicodin addiction, like any other type of drug, begins with detoxification. This results in withdrawals that vary is discomfort levels based on the length and intensity of use. It is both a physical and psychological process. During detox, the body will begin to come off the drug and signal to the brain that it needs more in order to function properly. Symptoms of withdrawal include: agitation, insomnia, trembling and night sweats.

Beyond Quitting: Vicodin Recovery and Rehabilitation

Vicodin recovery is an uncomfortable process, and chances of a lasting recovery are much greater if addicts are placed under the supervision and care of professionals. Rehabilitation centers, counseling, and aftercare programs are highly recommended for anyone seeking a lasting recovery. Group and family therapy are helpful ways to be held accountable and to formulate preventative strategies for relapse.

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