Vicodin is a painkiller made from a mixture of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, an opioid. Because it treats severe, long-term pain and is a narcotic, it is highly addictive. However, because Vicodin is a prescription medication, users are often unaware of the drug’s addictive nature and often underestimate its potential for addiction. Get help today before Vicodin causes irreparable damage to your health or life.
Physical Effects of Vicodin Abuse
Though Vicodin has many positive effects when used properly, it can be very dangerous when abused. Some of the temporary effects of Vicodin abuse include anxiety, lethargy and nausea. Usually these symptoms are so weak that they do not cause cravings, so many users are unaware that these small symptoms could lead to more severe, permanent consequences. For example, if taken in large enough doses, Vicodin can cause a coma and respiratory failure. Vicodin abuse can also lead to heart disease, liver damage and a loss of brain cells, all of which can be fatal. Vicodin can cause serious problems to a user’s health, regardless of its weak initial effects.
Personal Effects of Vicodin Abuse
Because Vicodin causes drowsiness and lethargy, Vicodin abuse or addiction can severely affect your work performance and motivation. For example, if you were a diligent and hardworking employee before you abused Vicodin, you will most likely find yourself sluggish and unmotivated once you habitually abuse the drug. To employers you will appear slovenly and uncaring, rather than a drug addict. This drastic shift can cause you to lose your job, and it can be difficult to find a replacement position because many companies are unwilling to hire those struggling with a drug addiction.
In addition to this, drug addiction can bar also you from opportunities in your future. Many jobs will not accept applicants if they have struggled with drug abuse or have been charged with any kind of drug-related crime. For example, those with a record of drug abuse would probably not even be considered as a potential employee at a pharmacy or hospital. Even if you don’t think that you are interested in a new job, don’t shut yourself off from an opportunity because of a chemical dependence.
Help for Long-Term Vicodin Addicts
Even if you are experiencing the consequences of long-term Vicodin abuse, it is not too late to get help. Call our toll-free helpline now: our operators are available 24 hours a day to help you on your road to recovery. Don’t think that it is too late to change. You can have the drug-free life that you have dreamed of. Call us today and let us help you get it.