Vicodin can be highly habit-forming, even for those who take the drug as prescribed. It is just as likely for someone who is prescribed Vicodin to become dependent on the drug than someone who uses the drug recreationally. Recognizing a Vicodin addiction can be difficult especially because it is an occurrence which often happens slowly over time and in those who have been prescribed the drug. The more an individual turns to Vicodin to escape their problems or to feel "normal,” the greater their dependency. If you are under the impression that you or a loved one may have developed a dependence or addiction to Vicodin, there are a multitude of signs and symptoms you can evaluate for.
What Are the Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction?
The effects of Vicodin addiction are unmistakable. Some of the more common signs and symptoms associated with a Vicodin addiction/dependence includes:
Loss of control over Vicodin use
Developed tolerance for Vicodin resulting in more frequent use and higher dosage to achieve the initial effects
Preoccupied by Vicodin
“Doctor Shopping”, going around to different doctor to obtain multiple prescriptions
Taking more of the drug than what has been prescribed
Using the drug to feel “normal” or escape life’s stressors
Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when attempting to reduce or stop use
Experiencing adverse health issues as a result of Vicodin use
Failure to meet commitments and obligations in relation to drug use
Loss of interest in activities which were once enjoyable
Lying, cheating, and/or stealing in order to satisfy Vicodin cravings
Unsuccessful attempts to cut back or quit drug use
Experiencing loss and difficulties in interpersonal relationships
Using the drug under dangerous circumstances (i.e. operating heavy machinery while intoxicated)
“Nodding out”, appearing to be in a daze and having difficulties focusing
Loved ones are showing concern over drug use
Knowing When to Get Help for Vicodin Addiction
If you or a loved one have experienced multiple signs and symptoms associated with Vicodin addiction, the sooner you seek professional help the better your outcome and the less time you have to spend suffering the consequences of addiction. Detox and withdrawal treatment for Vicodin helps to eliminate the physical and mental tethers to the opiate based pain killer. Beginning addiction treatment as soon as the symptoms of Vicodin addiction are noticed is critical to avoid the development of chronic addictive disorders. Moreover, getting treatment lessens the chances of suffering an overdose from Vicodin, and ensures you are not in danger of relapsing- as opposed to peers who attempt to recover on their own.
It is possible to overcome an addiction to Vicodin. Although the initial steps in getting clean can be difficult, the end results will be well worth it. At Harbor Village we provide the best and most effective treatment for Vicodin addiction and abuse. You can be assured that upon completion of our comprehensive treatment program that you will acquire a long-lasting recovery from you Vicodin use problem. To get started with changing your life for the better, call us today!
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