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Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

Is Hydrocodone Addictive? 

As an opiate, hydrocodone can produce a pleasurable euphoric high in addition to dulling pain, and people can become hooked on the feelings that hydrocodone provides. Despite the fact that it is a legal prescription drug,  dependence on and addiction to this sometimes-beneficial prescription drug can have devastating effects.

Hydrocodone is most commonly sold and used as a prescription painkiller. Many people who suffer pain as a result of injury or sickness look to this drug to allow them to live normal, pain-free lives. Unfortunately, hydrocodone can be highly addictive, and some people who begin taking it for legitimate reasons find themselves unable to stop.

*Most Common Sources of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is frequently sold as an ingredient in pain medication and can appear under a number of different brand names. These are some of the most common:

  • Percocet
  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Percodan

Dangers of Hydrocodone Addiction

Addiction to hydrocodone can occur due to accidental dependency, as a result of misuse of the drug or even from purposeful abuse purely for the sake of getting high. Although it is a legal medication, hydrocodone can have some very serious side effects, especially when abused. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, one such danger is tolerance, which means that a person must take larger and larger doses of the drug in order to achieve the desired effect.  Another is dependence, in which case the user can experience unpleasant feelings of withdrawal when they attempt to stop taking the drug or even when the dose is reduced. If full-on addiction occurs from overuse or abuse of hydrocodone, even more dangerous problems can result. Long-term abuse of this drug can result in depression and intense moodiness, drowsiness and lack of mental alertness, and even damage to the liver.

*Signs of Hydrocodone Overdose

In addition to the dangers already listed, abuse of hydrocodone can lead to accidental overdose. According to the State of Connecticut website, some of the symptoms of overdose are as follows:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Skin that feels cold or clammy
  • Abnormally slow breathing
  • Coma
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

How Is Hydrocodone Addiction Treated?

Fortunately, addiction to hydrocodone can be treated, and recovery is entirely possible. The first stage in dealing with hydrocodone dependency is tackling the physical aspects of withdrawal from the drug. These withdrawal symptoms are not necessarily dangerous but can be extremely unpleasant. Such symptoms include nausea, sweating, insomnia and diarrhea. Treatment often consists of tapering off the dosage and handling the withdrawal symptoms as they arise. Craving is also a major issue, and as a result, an intensive treatment program lasting several months is most effective in getting over a hydrocodone addiction.

Long-term treatment can also include 12-step or holistic programs that tackle the psychological causes and effects of this kind of drug dependency. Spiritual therapy and development of life skills can also ensure that the person is better able to strengthen themselves against their cravings and the dangers of relapsing. Call us and we will help you find the best hydrocodone addiction treatment center.

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