How Vicodin Addiction Affects the Brain

Vicodin is a prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain, and it is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Vicodin can cause addiction, because it contains hydrocodone which is a habit-forming drug.

Vicodin and the Brain

Vicodin abuse and addiction has negative physical and psychological effect, and the brain is the most affected by Vicodin. Vicodin causes the brain to stop producing endorphins which are brain chemicals that control pain and feelings of stress or fear. Vicodin acts much like an endorphin in that it relieves pain and creates pleasurable feelings, but these effects are much stronger than those the body naturally produces. When the body no longer produces endorphins, the body and brain willbelieve they need Vicodinto function. Once you body becomes dependent on Vicodin,youwill experience withdrawal symptoms if a dose is missed or use is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful, but these symptoms will vary depending on the severity of your addiction.

When the body’s chemical makeup is changed by Vicodin, physical and psychological changes are evident. A Vicodin useroften feels tired or unable to concentrate. Natural endorphins make individuals feel happy, so Vicodin users with limited or nonexistent natural endorphins may be more irritable and anxious when not high.Other parts of the body besides the brain are also affected by Vicodin abuse. Because the brain is the control center for the rest of the body, when the brain is negatively affected the rest of the body is too.

How Can RehabilitationEnd Vicodin Addiction?

Vicodin rehab or treatment will help a user heal both physically and psychologically. Recovering Vicodin users must go through detox. Detox is the initial step in recovery that will end the physical addiction to Vicodin. Although the detox process can be painful, it is a necessary step toward long-term healing. As long as Vicodin is in a user’s system, the body will not be able to physically repair the damage that has been done or rebalance the chemicals in the brain.

The psychological effects of Vicodin are addressed after detox through counseling and therapy. Counselors will help you address any underlying issues that are accompanying your addiction including causes of your addiction and problems that have arisen because of your addiction. You will learn how to live in the real world without your addiction. You will learn strategies and skills to avoid the temptation to begin using Vicodin again. After you finish your treatment, aftercare will be available. Aftercare provides the support, encouragement and accountability that will be needed when you return to your old environment. By going to rehab you will not be cured, as an addiction is something that you will have to deal with for the rest of your life, but you can learn to manage it and live a drug-free life.

Vicodin Addiction Help

Vicodin abuse and addiction both negatively affect the brain and cause physical and psychological problems. If you are addicted to Vicodin, choose to overcome your addiction today. Call our toll-free helpline to learn about your options for recovery and to ask any questions you may have. We are here to talk 24 hours a day. Please call and get help now.