Hydrocodone is a powerful painkiller. If you’re concerned you or a loved one is struggling with Hydrocodone contact us for help today.
Hydrocodone (sold most commonly under the brand name Vicodin) is one of the most widely prescribed painkillers in the world, and also one of the most deceptively potent.
When consumed in modest amounts, the initial effects of hydrocodone are soothing, relaxing and mildly euphoric. After taking hydrocodone-based medication, your pain will gradually fade away. Moreover you won’t normally experience excessive drowsiness or other obvious feelings of intoxication.
Hydrocodone can be addictive if abused, similarly to other medication in the opioid family. Which it can easily be since it is so effective against moderate-to-severe pain. Some people abuse hydrocodone recreationally. They usually mix it with alcohol or other drugs. Consequently this behavior can quickly lead to dependency as well.
Opioid painkillers are responsible for tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States each year. Similarly, if you or a loved one has been abusing hydrocodone it is vital that you seek help immediately.
Hydrocodone is safe if taken as prescribed and for a short duration. But when Vicodin or another hydrocodone product is consumed habitually, irresponsibly and beyond the terms of the original prescription (if there is one), addiction is a likely result.
If you continuously consume hydrocodone, your tolerance for the drug will grow. Thus forcing you to increase your dosages repeatedly to achieve the same relaxing, euphoric or painkilling effects. This is how hydrocodone use can spiral out of control and leave you trapped by a ferocious drug dependency.
Hydrocodone addiction will reveal itself by the onset of its symptoms. The physical signs of hydrocodone abuse and addiction may include:
Mood swings are the primary psychological symptom of hydrocodone addiction. You may experience anxiety, depression and/or fits of irritability when opioid medications are being abused, all of which are caused by the ongoing changes in neurological activity that accompany a blooming drug dependency.
As your hydrocodone addiction deepens, your behavior will inevitably come to reflect your physical and psychological reliance on this potent medication. Some of the telltale behavioral symptoms of hydrocodone addiction include:
When your hydrocodone dependency has reached a severe stage you’ll inevitably begin to neglect your personal, family and work-related responsibilities, as well as any hobbies or other activities you previously enjoyed.
If left unchecked your hydrocodone abuse may cause enormous damage to your life. At its most extreme, it can even lead to a dangerous drug overdose: more than 42,000 people died of opioid overdose in 2016, and if you experience and overdose and are fortunate enough to survive you should seek professional assistance for your drug dependency immediately1.
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