Hydrocodone is a narcotic painkiller that partially derives from the opium poppy. Also known as Vicodin, physicians prescribe it for moderate to severe pain; it is also used to relieve persistent coughing. Although it is not as strong as other opioids such as morphine or oxycodone, it’s still nevertheless highly addictive and many people have visited emergency rooms nationwide because of hydrocodone overdose. Learn more about addiction to hydrocodone, and find out how 12 Keys Rehab can help you or the person you love recover from substance abuse.
Information About Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone was first created in Europe in 1920. It became legally available in the United States in 1943 and quickly became popular among physicians for its strong painkilling effects. When used as directed, it takes effect in about 30 minutes; people who abuse hydrocodone sometimes modify it or combine it with another substance to feel the effects faster. When abused, hydrocodone produces symptoms typical to other opioids.
Hydrocodone Addiction Symptoms
In addition to its painkilling effects, hydrocodone produces a sense of euphoria in the user. It acts on the brain to force the release of feel-good chemicals called neurotransmitters. The brain eventually becomes physically reliant on hydrocodone to help the body feel good. As tolerance develops, a person with hydrocodone dependence has to take more and more to achieve the same effects. Eventually, taking hydrocodone becomes necessary simply to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal, which are extremely unpleasant.
As physical dependence spirals into addiction, you might find yourself feeling increasingly anxious when you’re about to run out of codeine. You might visit multiple doctors to get multiple prescriptions, and have them filled at multiple pharmacies to avoid questions. Relationships, both personal and professional, may start to suffer. Financial and legal problems may arise with alarming frequency. Isolating yourself from those who love you, or ditching old friends to hang out with a new crowd, are more signs that your hydrocodone abuse has become a problem.
Is Hydrocodone a Problem? Get Help Now at 12 Keys Rehab
At 12 Keys Rehab, our experienced staff is well qualified to care for you or your loved one during substance abuse recovery. We can help you manage hydrocodone’s early withdrawal symptoms and help you figure out why substance abuse became a problem to begin with. We’ll teach you how to manage the stress of everyday life without drugs ¬— as you reengage with the people and activities you once cherished.
Don’t let another day pass in the haze of substance abuse. Call 12 Keys Rehab at 866-480-4328, learn more about our holistic approach to substance abuse recovery and find your path to freedom, starting right now.