Hydrocodone Addiction

pills on a prescription sheet, hydrocodone addiction factsHere at Recovery Ways, we are experienced in providing opioid addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our staff is comprised of Masters level clinicians who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment. Unlike many other facilities, we are licensed to administer individualized Suboxone treatment plans that will aid with the opioid addiction treatment process.

Hydrocodone is a synthetic narcotic that is mixed with acetaminophen, which is a commonly used analgesic ( a pain relieving common ingredient in Tylenol or Ibuprofen) pain-relieving effects. In 2011 the FDA required all prescription painkillers to lower the amount of acetaminophen because it is known to cause liver damage. Most addicts will have irreparable damage to their liver because of the acetaminophen.Hydrocodone is typically prescribed for people who have severe injuries or undergoing serious surgery. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration it is the most frequently prescribed painkiller.

Vicodin: Is usually prescribed as one tablet every four to six hours but addicts usually take much more. 131 million people were prescribed Vicodin in 2011 in the United States, oftentimes unnecessarily.

Norco: Norco is sometimes prescribed to suppress coughing. Almost 2 million people tried opioids like Norco recreationally for the first time in 2012.

Lortab: Most people who abuse Lortab are between 18-25. It is a tablet and addicts often crush it to snort it or mix it with water and inject it.

Zohydro: Is purely hydrocodone and is only prescribed for severe pain. Since it is pure hydrocodone people can easily become addicted to it.

Hydrocodone is chemically similar to morphine and heroin making it highly addictive. It blocks neurological pathways, dulling pain, and enhancing dopamine production triggering the pleasure receptors causing euphoria. Abusing hydrocodone can reprogram the brain for physical and psychological dependence on the drug. In 2014 is was changed from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance because of increasing abuse and addiction. This puts it in the same class as fentanyl and oxycodone. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) said that in 2013, 4 million people over the age of 12 said they used hydrocodone for non-medical reasons. Suboxone is often used to treat the withdrawal symptoms during detox.

Other Names for Hydrocodone

  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Lortab
  • Lorcet (Lorcet Plus)
  • Zohydro

Common Street Names for Hydrocodone

  • Vicos (Vikos)
  • Watsons
  • 357s
  • Tabs
  • Lorris
  • Vics (Vikes)
  • Hydros

Are you ready seek help for a hydrocodone addiction?

If so, Recovery Ways offers highly effective dual-diagnosis care for adults suffering from hydrocodone addiction. Our admission coordinators are available around the clock to take your call and start the admissions process. Benefits specialists can review your insurance to find out if it will cover any the costs associated with rehab.

If you’re ready to make a change, please call 888.986.7848.

Hydrocodone Addiction Symptoms and Warning Signs

Hydrocodone can be bought illegally but abuse usually starts with a prescription. Since these can be prescribed sometimes it is difficult to realize if you or a loved one is addicted. When all you can think about is how you are going to get more and stopping use causes you withdrawal symptoms, you should reach out for help getting clean. If you have started stealing medications, buying the medication from someone else or off the street, or “doctor shopping,” visiting multiple doctors complaining about pain so you get multiple prescriptions, then the Medical staff at Recovery Ways is ready to help you. Hydrocodone will show up on a drug test.

Short Term Effects

  • Euphoria
  • Constricted pupils, overdose has dilated pupils
  • Nausea, vomiting, constipation
  • Slowed breathing, drowsiness, lightheadedness
  • Unconscious, coma
  • Swelling in the face or throat
  • Depression
  • Itching, rashes
  • Dry mouth
  • Seizures

Long Term Effects

Hypoxia (not enough oxygen to the brain), coma, permanent brain damage
Increased chances for a heart attack
Increased risk of infections
Sexual dysfunction
Coma, death
Depression

Hydrocodone addiction treatment is available.

If you need help with substance abuse, Recovery Ways offers highly effective dual-diagnosis, hydrocodone addiction care. Our coordinators are available 24/7 to start the admissions process and get you the treatment you need. Benefits specialists can review your insurance to find out if it will cover any the costs associated with rehab.

If you’re ready to make a change, please call 888.986.7848.