Vicodin is a brand name narcotic analgesic that contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Drugsthat combine hydrocodone and acetaminophen are considered particularly dangerous. In 2009 an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to recommend taking Vicodin off the market because of the, “high likelihood of overdose.” In addition to the risk of overdose Vicodin is highly addictive and is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms.
Prescription drug abuse is an increasingly prevalent problem in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2009, “16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription painreliever, tranquilizer, stimulant or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the last year.” Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused drugs. Some become addicted to it as a result of abuse while others will begin taking it legitimately for pain relief and become addicted because of its high addiction potential.
Vicodin Tolerance and Dependence
Those who abuse Vicodin can develop dependency much quicker than those who fall into addiction after taking the drug with a prescription. People who abuse Vicodin take it more frequently and at higher doses than prescribed. As a result the body becomes accustomed to the drug’s presence quickly. Patients who start taking the drug after an injury or a surgery can become dependent in as soon as two weeks to two months. If you started taking Vicodin for legitimate purposes but have become addicted, it is important to admit that the drug has become a problem and talk to your doctor. Remember, you never meant to be an addict and this is not a struggle you chose. But it can have just as many damaging effects on your life as if you had started out abusing the drug for recreation. Likewise, if you are currently struggling with Vicodin abuse, getting help and treatment is the best way to safely recover.
Vicodin Abuse Help
If you or someone you love struggles with Vicodin abuse, we want to help. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak to an addiction counselor who can help you learn more about treatment options and determine which direction you should go. If you are battling a Vicodin addiction, don’t miss out on the chance to take back your life. Call today, and we can help you start a new chapter in life.