Plastic surgery can resolve certain health issues and make people feel more confident in their appearance. But procedures of this nature can be painful, and patients deal with quite a bit of suffering in recovery.
Vicodin is a pain medication often prescribed to relieve pain after plastic surgery. Without it, recovery would be extremely difficult to bear. But even though surgeons prescribed it for the benefit of patients, they run the risk that patients will develop an addiction to the powerful opiate medication.
Why Do People Become Addicted to Vicodin after Plastic Surgery?
Vicodin relieves pain and produces a sense of euphoria. When the medication begins to wear off and the pain returns, people recovering from plastic surgery may desire to take more, even if it means no longer following the exact instruction of a physician. Physical complications from the surgery can slowly affect drug use as they pursue the relief from pain and the euphoric high, taking it whenever they feel like they need it rather than when they should actually take it. The body builds up a tolerance to the medication, meaning it takes more and more Vicodin to make them feel as good as when they first began to take it. Irresponsible use can lead to dependence, which can lead to addiction. Addicts ignore the negative consequences of Vicodin addiction and make sacrifices to obtain more of the drug.
Another reason people develop Vicodin addictions post-surgery is that there are often psychological factors involved. Many people get plastic surgery believing it will solve their problems and change their entire life and perspective. When it fails to do this, they become depressed or angry and self-medicate these psychological issues by getting high on Vicodin.
Why Would Vicodin Addicts Get Plastic Surgery?
Addiction and mental health issues are often cyclical. Mental health issues, including an unrealistic view of one’s body and depression, can result in addiction as people self-medicate using drugs like Vicodin. Addiction then perpetuates these issues. Others do not have health problems until they begin using drugs. Either way, poor self-image and drug use are often associated and feed one another. Vicodin addicts may have a skewed perception of themselves or suffer from depression, and feel that plastic surgery is a solution to his problems.
Help for Addiction
Experiencing professional treatment can help people begin to find healing from their self-image issues and Vicodin use. If you or a loved one is addicted to Vicodin, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment plan that works for you. Please call today.