Recognizing Addiction to Vicodin
Vicodin is a product that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen to relieve pain. Hydrocodone based drugs have recently, become the fastest growing substances of addictions due to an ease of access through increased prescriptions, illicit sales, and internet offers. There is often, an inappropriate belief that this is a safe drug although it has detrimentally affected millions of individuals. Addictions to Vicodin are not specific to any age, class, gender, race, ethnicity, or geographical area. It may occur with any prolonged use of the substance and recognizing addiction to Vicodin early is most beneficial to the addict’s health. Recognizing addiction to Vicodin may be difficult to do with individuals who suffer from physical or mental impairments. Physical dependency does not constitute addiction and these individuals may require medication to improve their ability to function. However, when the addict displays psychological dependence on this drug, uses it for reasons other than medical purposes, or they are compelled to use this drug even though it results in a negative consequence, abilities to function are diminished and treatment should be sought.
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Physical Addiction to Vicodin
Physical addiction to Vicodin can be seen in addicts who crave the euphoric properties of this drug. They will have overwhelming cravings, increased levels of tolerance, and disregard for negative physical effects including nausea, appetite suppression, drowsiness or episodes of “nodding off”, stomach pain, vomiting, respiratory distresses, or other physical impairments. Some physical symptoms, such as overdose and coma, may not deter the addict from relapse. Withdrawal symptoms are a common physical ailment of an addict and possibly the most feared.
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Emotional Addiction to Vicodin
Recognizing addiction to Vicodin involves understanding that, psychologically, the addict is dependent and their behaviors will revolve around the use of the drug. The addict may have unexplainable mood or mental changes, anger, depression, irritability, fear, confusion, inability to cope in stressful situations, or other emotional instabilities while using. Social involvements may change from normal activities with family and friends to relationships with others who support the addict and often suffer from the same type of addiction. By avoiding those issues that limit the addict’s ability to use and the adversity surrounding the abuse, the addict develops ways to protect the addiction from discovery. They may deny, lie, steal, neglect, and abuse to continue using Vicodin rather than seek treatment.