What is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a brand name and involves a combination of hydrocodone, a narcotic, and acetaminophen, a non-narcotic pain reliever. It can be taken in tablet form, as a capsule, or as liquid or syrup. Like other opioids, Vicodin has been prescribed for years by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. People have relied on Vicodin to treat their pain after surgery, wisdom teeth removal, and to deal with the pain of broken bones. Doctors intend for Vicodin to be used on a short-term basis because of its highly addictive qualities, but unfortunately, patients can develop a dependence on the drug not too long after using it.
People most often abuse Vicodin because of its pleasant high: Vicodin use can produce calming feelings, euphoria, and drowsiness that many people enjoy.
Other common side effects of Vicodin use include:
- Depressed breathing rate and heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle pain
Because Vicodin is so highly abused, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) changed its classification from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance in 2014 and has tightened restrictions to help prevent abuse. Unfortunately, people can still get their hands on the drug by obtaining prescriptions or stealing from their loved ones who have prescriptions.
Long Term Effects of Vicodin Addiction
- Increase perception of pain
- Irritability and mood swings
- Memory loss
Withdraw Symptoms of Vicodin
- Pain throughout body
- Issues sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold sweats
Why Do I Need Rehab?
One of the most common misconceptions people with addictions have is that rehab isn’t necessary. This explains why many attempt to quit using drugs on their own, only to quickly relapse and get stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction, increasing the risk of overdose and death. What The Carter Treatment Center wants people to understand is that treating addiction involves so much more than just ridding the body of toxins—it involves rewiring your brain and learning new coping mechanisms to make it through the day and find meaning in your life without drugs. Our team takes an alternative approach to addiction treatment and can work closely with you to create a treatment plan you’ll benefit from.
Get the help you need for Vicodin addiction at our Cumming or Suwanee facility in Georgia at (678) 737-4430. We also treat individuals in Alpharetta, Gainesville, Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Roswell, Canton, Milton, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, and Gwinnett County.
It’s not always easy to tell whether someone has a Vicodin addiction, and it can even be difficult to recognize you have an addiction yourself. Vicodin addiction can develop over time with increased usage, so many individuals don’t realize they have a problem until their lives have begun to be negatively affected, and by then it’s too late to change your habits.
It’s important to know some warning signs often associated with Vicodin and other types of drug addictions. If any of the following sound familiar to you, Vicodin addiction may be the cause:
- You’re taking Vicodin in larger amounts
- You’re taking Vicodin for longer than your doctor prescribed and can’t seem to stop
- You’re doctor shopping, stealing, or doing other morally questionable things to obtain more Vicodin
- Your relationships and performance at work/school have begun to suffer
- You’re withdrawing from your loved ones
- You’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you’re not using Vicodin
- You feel like you have to take more Vicodin to feel high or “normal”
If you suspect a family member or close friend has a Vicodin addiction, it’s best to confront them sooner rather than later. While defensiveness is to be expected, many people with addictions recognize they need help but are too ashamed or isolated to ask for it. With your help, they may get the strength they need to call and be admitted to rehab.