Vicodin, like OxyContin, is an opiate-based painkiller, and the cause of an alarming number of drug-related deaths each year. A recent study showed 10 percent of all American high school students admitted to using Vicodin to get high. Combine this statistic with the fact that each year, there are over 100 million prescriptions for Vicodin written, and it is clear that there is an epidemic. Vicodin addiction is all-consuming and renders the abuser concerned with little more than feeding their habit. Unfortunately for the user, that same feeling requires a heightened dosage and frequency. This is where the cycle begins, and the abuser opens themselves up to numerous potentially fatal physical and psychiatric liabilities. Vicodin abusers commonly break the law in an attempt to acquire more of the drug. Those who start out taking Vicodin for legitimate purposes often wind up falling into Vicodin addiction because they took higher doses against their doctor’s orders.
Like its addictive counterparts, there are both immediate and long-term effects of Vicodin withdrawal. In many ways, the immediate symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that what you’re doing is incredibly dangerous and not at all conducive to a sustainable life. If the immediate messages go ignored and unheeded, the abuser leaves themselves open to a multitude of serious long-term health problems like: heart failure, kidney failure, liver disease, muscular breakdown, blood pressure complications, coma, etc. Some of the immediate symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, extreme sweating, drowsiness, etc. There are also significant behavioral ramifications when battling a Vicodin addiction. Stubbornness and embarrassment are two common characteristics in Vicodin abusers. It’s not that they’re unaware of their condition, it’s that they don’t want to have to admit it to themselves or others. Other changes in behavior include heightened irritability extreme mood swings, etc. An addict will often do things they would never otherwise do in search of their next dose.
The harmful toxins that Vicodin leaves in your body require an immediate purging before any other therapy can begin. In addition to detox, time spent in a residential drug treatment program is highly recommended. Here the patient will get physical and mental help, and be equipped with the tools they need to better counter their Vicodin addiction. Upon successful completion of the program, the patient is encouraged to attend support groups and continued counseling to avoid relapse. The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of Vicodin addiction treatment programs in your local area, as well as the leading recommended Vicodin addiction treatment centers in the United States and around the world.
Contact the National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center anytime toll-free at (800)-784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the best Vicodin addiction treatment program for you or your loved one.