Children who are exposed to drug abuse or addiction are at an increased risk of becoming addicted themselves. Children tend to live what they learn. Even though they may see the negative impact of addiction, the temptation to use may be overwhelming. According to the University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center, environmental risk factors, such as a parent who uses drugs, increase the likelihood of becoming addicted to drugs. Because Vicodin is readily available in many home medicine cabinets, it is an easy drug for children to use and abuse.
Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of addiction in the United States. Watching parents use and abuse drugs like Vicodin, as well as having access to the drugs, makes it an easy choice for experimentation. If you or a loved one uses Vicodin to control pain and there are children in your home, look for the following signs of Vicodin abuse.
For the parent:
- Needing more of the drug to achieve the same level of pain control
- Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
- “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for Vicodin
- Going into debt to get and use the drug
- Engaging in dangerous behaviors, such as driving while under the influence of the drug
- Being under the influence of the drug in front of children
For the child:
- Changes in sleep habits
- Changes in energy levels
- Changes in grades
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Mood swings and personality changes
- Loss of appetite
If you notice any of these signs of drug abuse in your child, it is time to get help.
Children see and understand more about addiction than the adults in their lives may realize. Children worry about parents while they are at school, and children try to make everything better by being perfect children when they are at home. Drug addicted parents often rely on children to meet their basic needs, but children should be living in carefree ways. Housecleaning, making meals, helping a parent get dressed, and essentially becoming the caregiver are all ways children of addicted parents are forced to grow up too soon. Realizing what your addiction is doing to your children can be a powerful catalyst for change. Getting the help you need is the best way to care for your children.
Finding Help for Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin can be an important part of pain control, but using the drug in ways other than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with Vicodin addiction, we are here to help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find treatment.