Vicodin, a combination of the painkillers hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a narcotic medication that is prescribed by doctors. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Vicodin is one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States. The hydrocodone in the combination is the portion that is addictive, but acetaminophen in high doses has been proven to cause liver damage.
Use among Men
Vicodin is mainly prescribed to treat serious pain after surgeries or serious accidents. The federal government regulates the drug, and use outside of a prescription from a doctor is highly illegal.
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), the majority of people who use Vicodin are adults over the age of 18. Over 60 percent of these users are men over the age of 23. Vicodin is usually prescribed to males who have had accidents or trauma or who are dealing with reoccurring pain.
Even though men are statistically less likely to seek medical help, they are the majority when it comes to hydrocodone or Vicodin prescriptions. The prescriptions allow males to deal with pain and perhaps return to their employment or daily lives. As Vicodin is highly addictive, men may become reliant on the drug if taken for a long period of time.
Signs of Addiction
According to the National Coalition Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) and the NIH, there are many side effects that can be used to determine if an addiction to Vicodin exists, including the following:
- Requesting frequent refills for the drug
- Seeing two or more doctors for additional prescriptions
- Spending time away from other people
- Going through money quickly
- Focusing more on hydrocodone than anything else
- Experiencing sudden changes in social activities
- Experiencing intense mood swings
Determining when a person has become addicted to or dependent on Vicodin is the first step in assessing the need for recovery help.
If you or your loved one struggles with an addiction to Vicodin or any other substance, there are treatment options available to help. Counseling and therapy centers employ caring and empathetic counselors to help determine the cause of substance abuse and the steps necessary for recovery. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admission coordinator to discuss treatment options available for your situation. We are here 24 hours a day; please call today.