Prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain, Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
Symptoms of Vicodin Abuse and Addiction
While Vicodin is effective in relieving pain, it also can cause alterations in mental clarity. It is often this effect that encourages people to abuse Vicodin. The medication can alter users’ awareness of their reality; therefore, many people take Vicodin when they are struggling with daily life issues. With the initial use of Vicodin, people can experience side effects, including the following:
- Mood changes
- Skin rashes
Continued use of Vicodin typically causes an increase in tolerance and is associated with the following symptoms:
- Irregular heart rate
Continued Vicodin use can also lead to addiction.
Women and Vicodin
Pain affects both genders, but often women who experience an accident or condition that causes pain continue to attempt to perform all of their daily activities in spite of the pain. Therefore, in addition to dealing with the pain, women also struggle with the anxiety of meeting obligations and the pressure to do more. Vicodin becomes a solution that not only resolves pain, but also alters their reaction to their reality.
With their focus on conducting their many daily obligations, many women may not realize that they are abusing the drug. It is often easy to overlook the warning signs of Vicodin addiction, including the following:
- Experiencing physical ailments, such as muscle and bone pain, night sweats, and insomnia
- Requiring more pills to get the same desired effects
- Taking Vicodin more often or in larger quantities than prescribed
- Experiencing deteriorating personal relationships
- Having employment, financial, legal, or psychological difficulties
These symptoms are evidence of an addiction that may require professional treatment.
Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
Often, it is not until a woman attempts to discontinue using Vicodin that she realizes how significant her abuse of the drug has become. The most common withdrawal symptoms associated with Vicodin addiction include the following:
- Runny nose
When it becomes apparent that an individual has an issue with Vicodin, he or she should seek help immediately. The sooner individuals seek the help that they need the better able they will be to recover from their addiction.
Treatment for Vicodin Addiction
To recover from addiction, you need to understand what led you to abuse Vicodin, what triggers your use, and how you can cope with cravings. In addition, you may need assistance with the withdrawal symptoms. An inpatient addiction treatment facility can provide medically supervised detox, as well as the counseling and support that you need to start your recovery. Upon successful completion of treatment, ongoing assistance and motivation from support groups proves very effective for many people.
Determining when your use of Vicodin moves from therapeutic to addictive is difficult to do, especially when you are struggling with pain and overwhelming obligations. However, it is possible, and we can help. Please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about Vicodin addiction treatment.