More than 130 million prescriptions for hydrocodone were written in 2006. But while some hydrocodone users take their pills for medical reasons only, and as directed by their doctor, hydrocodone addiction is a serious issue. If hydrocodone addiction is a problem for you or your loved one, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
What is hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is an opiate pain reliever/cough suppressant. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, it has been shown in studies to be as effective, or more effective than codeine at suppressing coughs, and is nearly as strong as morphine when it comes to pain relief.
Hydrocodone addiction is a growing problem in America, with law enforcement personnel frequently confiscating hydrocodone is drug-related arrests and hydrocodone overdoses leading to both emergency-room visits and deaths. It’s important to note that opiates, both legal and illegal, can be dangerous, as the opiate family of drugs also includes heroin.
Hydrocodone is prescribed under several hundred different brand names and generic names. Some brand names include Vicodin, Lortab, and Lorcet. Hydrocodone is also known by street names such as Vikes, Hydro and Norco.
How is hydrocodone consumed?
Hydrocodone is typically taken orally in tablet form, and often in pills that also contain the drug acetaminophen. In addition to tablets, however, the drug is also sometimes found in capsule or liquid form.
How widespread is hydrocodone addiction?
Prescription opiate abuse is a serious problem in America, and hydrocodone is the most frequently-prescribed of these drugs. Sometimes, hydrocodone users may begin taking the pills for legitimate medical reasons, but then prescription drug addiction takes over and the addict may even “doctor shop” among different physicians in search of prescription refills.
According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 11.2 million Americans used prescription opiates for “non-medical” purposes in 2003.
What are hydrocodone’s short-term effects?
Hydrocodone’s chemical structure is similar to codeine, but its effects more closely resemble morphine. The short-term effects of ingesting hydrocodone include:
Hydrocodone’s long-term effects:
- Liver damage (particularly from high doses)
- Hearing loss
- Tolerance – the user must take higher doses to achieve the desired euphoric feeling
- Addiction – user feels compelling to keep taking the pills despite continued negative consequences
The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimates that in 2005, hydrocodone was associated with 51,225 emergency room visits. For more information regarding hydrocodone addiction treatment call us now at 877-640-1943.
What are the risks of hydrocodone addiction during pregnancy?
Hydrocodone addiction and pregnancy are a dangerous combination. A state of Michigan Medicaid study suggested a link between pregnant mothers taking hydrocodone and increased birth defects including infant cardiovascular problems.
Why is hydrocodone addiction so hard to overcome?
The fact that hydrocodone is widely available and prescribed by doctors makes it relatively easy for anyone to obtain — even those with an addiction problem. When a doctor confronts a patient about inappropriate hydrocodone use, that patient often will simply find a new doctor, rather than seek help.
Another big reason many hydrocodone addicts don’t quit is because of the difficult withdrawal symptoms experienced by those who stop taking the drug “cold turkey,” including:
- Muscle Aches
Withdrawal symptoms typically about two-to-three days after the last hydrocodone dose and last for about a week.
Hydrocodone addiction treatment is the answer.
Achieving sobriety is much easier when done through a hydrocodone addiction treatment program, because drug rehabs administer clients medications that will reduce or even eliminate unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. After detox is complete, clients at our high-quality hydrocodone addiction treatment centers receive comprehensive, caring counseling that prepares them for a life in recovery. Clients learn to overcome the emotional issues that led them to addiction. Rehab also offers important tips and strategies for achieving relapse prevention after your stay is over.
Treatment Solutions is a free referral service that takes the stress out of finding hydrocodone addiction treatment. Our unbiased treatment consultants aren’t affiliated with any one drug rehab facility – the only factor in our recommendations is what treatment center best fits your needs. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
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