What Is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a pain-relieving medication that is a combination of hydrocodone (a narcotic) and acetaminophen (a mild pain reliever that can make the hydrocodone work more effectively). Doctors prescribe Vicodin to relieve moderate to severe pain – you or a loved one may have received a prescription after an injury or medical procedure.
While Vicodin is typically intended as a temporary pain reliever, it can be highly addictive. The hydrocodone in Vicodin can create an addictive euphoric high to or you could become anxious about pain returning if you quit taking the drug.
If you or a loved one might be addicted to Vicodin, you aren't alone, but you should get help, as a Vicodin addiction has the potential to cause life-threatening side effects.
How Can You Tell If You're Addicted to Vicodin?
Addiction is a disease that impacts your physical and mental well-being – it’s not a matter of being tough and just quitting. A Vicodin addiction causes noticeable changes in your brain that can make quitting the drug without medical help difficult.
Signs that you or a loved one may be addicted to Vicodin include:
- Experiencing financial difficulties related to purchasing the drug
- Experiencing strong cravings for the drug when you're not using it
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when it has been a while since you took a dose
- Going to several different doctors in an attempt to get more Vicodin
- Injecting, crushing and snorting Vicodin to get high faster
- Obtaining Vicodin on the street
- Stealing Vicodin pills from loved ones
- Taking more of the drug than is prescribed to you
When you have a Vicodin addiction, you often feel out of control and like you would do anything to obtain the drug. You may even want to quit, but the cravings or withdrawal symptoms are too strong to overcome.
How Can You Overcome a Vicodin Addiction?
A Vicodin addiction is serious for many reasons. First, Vicodin depresses the respiratory system, which can slow breathing. If you overdose on Vicodin, you may stop breathing entirely. Additionally, the acetaminophen in Vicodin can be harmful to your liver from chronic abuse.
Along with chronic health complications, a Vicodin addiction affects your ability to live a happy, healthy life. You can lose friends, family, and finances as a result of addiction.
Treatment for Vicodin addiction can mean several things. A rehabilitation facility can help you make the necessary changes to avoid access to Vicodin and live a healthy life in sobriety.
Addiction is more than a physical addiction to a drug. Those who suffer from a Vicodin addiction experience strong cravings that are hard to resist. A drug rehabilitation program can help you learn how to resist the cravings and learn positive behaviors, like exercising, to relieve stress. Individual and group therapies as well as life skills training can be the steps needed to help get your life back.