Vicodin is strong painkiller used to relieve moderate to severe pain, and can be incredibly addictive. As with other opioids, when one takes Vicodin outside of the recommended dosage they risk developing an addiction. Even those who take Vicodin as directed could end up with a slowly developing addiction based on how strong the drug is. So, what are signs of Vicodin addiction? How does one know when a habit turns into an addiction?
What is Vicodin?
A combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, Vicodin is an analgesic mix and works by lowering a chemical in the brain that stimulates pain nerves. Hydrocodone works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system used by the body’s natural “pain relievers.” In addition, Vicodin can trigger euphoric feelings in the brain. This occurs normally, however use of the drug can become abusive when it is in order to achieve this euphoric feeling rather than the pain killing one. When one uses Vicodin in order to deal with daily, normal stresses of life, it can create a psychological dependence—usually a sign of addiction.
Signs of Vicodin Addiction
When determining whether someone has a Vicodin addiction, it is important to note symptoms can range from behavioral, emotional, and physical. In general, addiction is defined as a psychological need for a drug. Symptoms to look out for include:
- craving Vicodin
- hiding Vicodin use
- using Vicodin to get high
- using Vicodin to cope with life’s stresses
- making excuses to use Vicodin
- continued Vicodin dosing, even when health, work, or family are affected
- decreased performance in school or work
- missing work or school due to Vicodin use
- becoming aggressive when questioned about Vicodin use
- an uncontrollable compulsion to use Vicodin
- disinterest in social activities
- ignoring dress or hygiene
- needing Vicodin to get through the day
As mentioned before, even taking Vicodin as directed could end up in an addiction. This is because prolonged usage of the drug can cause users to build up a tolerance to it. In turn, they will have to take more Vicodin to achieve effects they initially feel. This does not always signify an addiction, however the two can coexist.
When a user becomes dependent on Vicodin, they could experience withdrawal symptoms after the drug’s effects wear off. These will only occur when the user’s body has become physically dependent, and can include flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting. More intense cases can include extreme anxiety, muscle or bone pain, and restlessness.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of Vicodin addiction, contact Treatment Now today. There is always someone available to answer questions and help so call today.
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