Hydrocodone Addiction

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Hydrocodone is a narcotic that is prescribed to treat individuals who are suffering pain in moderate to severe levels.  Normally it is prescribed in pill form although it is also a medication that is prescribed with a multitude of ingredients and products that have different uses.  For example, hydrocodone can be included in certain cough syrups to help suppress activity in the brain that causes coughing and also changes the way the nervous system and brain reacts to pain.  While taking this painkiller it is common for people to get a euphoric feeling especially when misusing or taking higher doses than prescribed.  As people build a tolerance for hydrocodone it is also common for them to start building a dependency for it as well.  This medication is addictive and your risk of hydrocodone addiction significantly increases while abusing this prescription drug.

Other Common or Street Names: Hydros, Vics, Watsons, 357s, Vicos

How people commonly use or ingest Hydrocodone:

Like most prescription painkillers, users will normally ingest the medication by mouth.  Most of the time it’s prescribed in pill form although some people may be prescribed cough syrup with codeine or hydrocodone in form of a liquid. As abusers become more dependent on the drug they may start crushing the pill up to help intensify the “high” and speed up the time it takes to feel its effects.   It is also common for people drink the cough syrup in doses higher than prescribed along with coating marijuana with the syrup while smoking it in a joint or blunt.  The most dangerous way to use drug is intravenously through a needle or while combining it with alcohol or other types of prescription pills like Xanax, OxyContin, Valium and Percocet.

How to tell if someone is under the influence of Hydrocodone:

  • Extremely relaxed
  • Sluggish motor skills
  • Slurring or slowed speech
  • Disorientation
  • Drowsiness
  • Queasiness or vomiting
  • Slowed breathing
  • Depressed heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Panic, fear and anxiety

Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction:

  • Suspicious complaints about pain to obtain more medication
  • Pain Medication prescribed by various doctors
  • Always trying to refill prescriptions earlier than allowed
  • Finding pill bottles not prescribed to them or label is missing
  • Changes in temperament as medication is out or running low
  • Changes in spending habits
  • Isolating themselves from others, Like being alone

Symptoms of Withdrawal:  Please seek help from Bay Area Recovery Center or another qualified Detox Center if you’re experiencing any withdrawal symptoms from Hydrocodone.  Do not attempt to Detox on your own.

  • Higher pulse rate
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Sweats and chills
  • Watery nose and eyes
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Muscle and joint soreness
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Insomnia
  • increased yawning
  • Eye dilation
  • Decrease in appetite

Bay Area Recovery Center has successfully treated individuals dependent on drugs and alcohol for over 20 years.  People need to know treatment does work and there is life after hydrocodone addiction.  Let us use our experience and expertise to develop a detox and treatment plan that is personalized to your situation.  The illness of addiction is not something you or your family should have to go through alone.  We can help. Call us now (713) 705-3457 or (281) 924-9846.

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