Vicodin is one of the brand names for a pain reliever that is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is one of many prescription opioids available on the market today. Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Vicodin has a high risk of addiction. Opioid Use Disorders are a major problem throughout the United States and opioid addiction has been declared an epidemic by many government agencies. Addiction treatment centers like Resurgence have residential treatment programs and outpatient rehab options for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders like heroin addiction and addiction to Vicodin and other prescription opioids.
If you or one of you loved ones is struggling with prescription drug addiction, a cooccurring mental illness like bipolar disorder, or any other substance use disorders, please give us a call today. At Resurgence we have addiction treatments at our rehab center that can help almost anyone struggling with substance abuse issues.
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What is Vicodin?
Vicodin comes in tablet form and is one of the prescription opioids often ordered for acute or chronic pain. The pain reliever has 300 mg of Acetaminophen and comes in three different dosage levels of Hydrocodone: 5 mg, 7.5 mg, and 10 mg. Each Vicodin tablet may have 300mg to 325mg of Acetaminophen. It is generally prescribed as one tablet taken every 4 to 6 hours. People who develop a Vicodin addiction may take much higher doses. Vicodin is one of the brand names used along with:
- Lortab Elixir
- Vicodin HP
- Lorcet Plus
- Lorcet HD
The effects of Vicodin can be experienced by someone who is using the pain reliever as ordered or by someone who has entered a cycle of addiction and abuse. If you are taking Vicodin or any other prescription opioids as ordered, and you feel as if the drug is no longer having the same effect, this is one of the symptoms of Vicodin tolerance and may lead to addiction. If this is the case, contact your doctor immediately. In corollary, even if you haven’t abused Vicodin, if you experience any of the following effects, let your doctor know so that they can decide if this is the proper medication for you or not:
- Relaxed and calm feeling
- Depressed heart rate
- Decreased breathing rate
- Aches and cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle pain
Signs of Vicodin Abuse and Addiction
The effects of Vicodin addiction are not always easy to see, especially if a person began using the medication for legitimate reasons. The symptoms of Vicodin addiction may be easier to spot in someone who has had substance abuse issues in the past, and is not currently taking prescription opioids for acute or chronic pain. If you are suspicious of one of your loved ones and think they may be struggling with prescription drug addiction, look for these symptoms of Vicodin abuse:
- Taking Vicodin or other prescription opioids in larger amounts or for longer than ordered.
- Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the use of Vicodin.
- Not managing to do what they should at work, home, or school because of Vicodin use.
- Needing more Vicodin to get the effect they want (tolerance).
- Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more Vicodin.
Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
Anytime someone is struggling with cocaine addiction, meth addiction, addiction to Vicodin, or a tolerance and dependency to any substance, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Here are Vicodin withdrawal symptoms that can occur:
- Muscle aching
- Chronic flowing of tears
- Dilation of pupils
- Dysphoric mood
Long-Term Side Effects of Vicodin Abuse
There are health risks when it comes to the long-term abuse of Vicodin. The long-term effects of using Vicodin can include the following:
- Liver damage do to the non-opioid ingredient, Acetaminophen
- Respiratory infections and other serious lung problems
- Hearing loss
- Cardiovascular damage
- Reproductive problems
Vicodin Addiction Treatment
At Resurgence, we have many addiction and abuse treatment programs that can assist someone struggling with drug addiction. We also treat clients who have substance abuse issues in conjunction with a cooccurring disorder. If you or one of your loved ones would like to know more about Vicodin addiction treatment options at Resurgence, call us today.
Our Vicodin addiction treatment center provides comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment through a multitude of Vicodin addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services. Upon your admission into a Vicodin addiction treatment center, our addiction treatment professionals will determine the unique underlying mental health conditions that cause your addiction to Vicodin. Our addiction therapy services and addiction treatment programs in California include: