Hydrocodone is the main ingredient in Vicodin. A euphoric effect typically results in people developing a dependence to maintain this high. The central nervous system and body are impacted by the abuse of Vicodin which can quickly escalate into development of a physical addiction which may require support and treatment.


Abuse of Vicodin

Vicodin is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs which are abused. A popular drug because of the euphoric high that is produced, other people who use Vicodin may start out needing medication but utilize it beyond the limits of the prescription and fall into addiction. When a person uses Vicodin with a main goal of getting high, this is considered abuse. Others may change the way Vicodin is transmitted into the body including cutting, breaking, chewing, crushing or dissolving Vicodin which changes the chemistry of the drug. This will result in different effects within the body including a faster or more intense high. For all intents and purposes, taking Vicodin in any way other than prescribed or in higher amounts than is prescribed is considered abuse.


Side Effects

Abuse of Vicodin has the potential to increase adverse side effects on the brain and body. The body has a harder time absorbing and processing the drug over time which can lead to tolerance (a need for more of the drug to achieve similar results). With continued abuse of Vicodin, internal organs and body systems can be impacted negatively which can result in the following:

  • Accidents
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Liver damage and failure
  • Overdose
  • Seizures
  • Death


Some of the following effects can affect health and quality of life over time:

  • Addiction
  • Change in mood regulation
  • Criminal record
  • Hospitalization
  • Loss of employment or opportunities for employment
  • Seeking Vicodin through illegal channels
  • Strained family relationships and friendships


Signs of Abuse

When a person abuses Vicodin, the signs may not be readily apparent. People will hide use of the drug and go to great lengths to make life appear normal. One reason it can be difficult to notice signs of abuse are due to the way it is prescribed for people readily and legitimately. Other substances may be used which mask the abuse of Vicodin. One of the ways abuse may show up include:

  • Purchasing Vicodin online or through illegal means
  • Changes in social life or circle of friends
  • Consistent refill of Vicodin prescriptions
  • Doctor shopping to obtain more of the drug
  • Drug craving
  • Erratic mood or behavior
  • Difficulty withdrawing from Vicodin
  • Lethargy or fatigue


Vicodin abuse can have serious consequences for an individual including friends and family in the person’s inner circle. Treatment and help are available for addiction to Vicodin. The first step is to acknowledge a problem exists then seek the proper means of getting off the drug with support from a treating physician.
If you have questions about treatment options for addiction to Vicodin or other substances, Treatment Now is ready to assist you. Call us at 844-438-8689 for information on how we can support your journey to recovery.