The prescription drug Vicodin is a painkiller that treats moderate to severe pain. It is made from a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Because it contains hydrocodone, a narcotic pain-reliever, Vicodin is considered highly addictive.
How Vicodin Addiction Works
Pain relievers of this strength are very subtle in their addictive nature. Since it is a prescription drug it is taken at set intervals every day to control the discomfort a patient is experiencing. Often, the patient’s body will become used to the dosage, and therefore will not respond to the effects of the medication. This requires the amount or frequency of the drug to be increased. Taking a strong enough dose of Vicodin can cause the patient to experience a high. This further encourages Vicodin abuse, because the first high is the most powerful. This causes users to take larger doses of Vicodin more frequently in an attempt to achieve a high that is unattainable. The patient will only sink further and further into addiction without getting the sensation that she desires.
However, not all patients who use Vicodin become addicts. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to addiction, and these individuals may have drug addicts or alcoholics in their immediate family. If you notice that you have what might be called an addictive personality, or that other members of your family have had issues with addiction, then you should talk to your doctor before you begin to take Vicodin. Some people also abuse Vicodin because of emotional or physical trauma. Victims of injury or illness can be addicted if the cause a traumatic one; patients might become addicted to the numbing quality that Vicodin produces. They might feel that the drug is what they need to cope with their emotional trauma.
If you find that you are becoming increasingly dependent on Vicodin or fear that you may already be addicted, talk to your doctor or a drug counselor immediately. It is not too late to get help. You can return to your drug free lifestyle, but don’t wait to get help. Talk to someone today and get help now.
Vicodin Addiction Help
If you or someone you know is addicted to the prescription drug Vicodin, call our toll-free helpline today. Our trained experts are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that you may have as well as offer any advice. You are not alone in this struggle. Call us today and get the help you need to overcome this addiction.