Millions of individuals are regularly prescribed highly addictive substances like Hydrocodone to help them to manage pain. According to national surveys, patients in America consume at least 99% of the world’s hydrocodone. Many individuals who are candidates for hydrocodone addiction treatment who were prescribed Vicodin by their physicians may not have been aware that were taking hydrocodone. In fact, Studies show a dramatic uptick in both the use and dependence on drugs like Vicodin contains Hydrocodone.
It is also not unusual for people whose addiction began with legitimate use of a hydrocodone product to feel ashamed when they realize that they have developed a drug addiction. Many will try to self-medicate with other substances or attempt to quit by going “cold turkey”. Unfortunately, withdrawal symptoms from prescription drugs can be just as severe as illicit substances. Many simply resume drug use and stay stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. And, unless treatment is received to stop the progression of the dependence on hydrocodone, many will endure this addiction until family and friends intervene, find the strength to ask for help or experience a fatal overdose.
Warning Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction
The shift from prescribed use of hydrocodone to abuse is often very subtle. As tolerance levels gradually build, the individual may need to increase the dosage in order to get the pain relief they are seeking. Prescribed use of this drug is typically through oral administration. For those who engage in recreational use of the drug, the tolerance to dependence process is the same except that the method of administration when seeking a drug high such as snorting may shorten the period between dependence and addiction.
- The first sign that you have become dependent on this drug is the need to find alternate sources for your drug supply than through the original prescribing physician. This typically means doctor shopping, buying the drug online, getting it from friends or purchasing it from a drug dealer.
- Lying to family and friends or becoming overtly secretive about your pattern of drug use is also an indicator that you may be at risk of developing a dependence or addition to hydrocodone.
- If efforts to stop using hydrocodone or a product containing this drug trigger painful or uncomfortable reactions, it may be time to talk to your doctor or a drug rehab center about hydrocodone treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic, hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms may include abdominal cramps, tremors, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, flu like symptoms such as runny nose, fever and muscle aches and pains, excessive sweating, rapid breathing, spikes in blood pressure, anxiety and depression. These symptoms can manifest from missing a dose or through attempts to stop using hydrocodone.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.