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What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a prescription narcotic pain reliever. It is found in over 200 commercial products and is used to treat moderate to severe pain and a cough suppressant. Although hydrocodone is a generic drug, it is found in different branded drugs, such as Norco, Lorcet, Lortab, and Vicodin. Since hydrocodone is an opioid, the potential for addiction is high, and finding a hydrocodone rehab center is key for recovery.

Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone addiction will affect you physically, psychologically, and behaviorally.

Physical Symptoms

Many physical symptoms occur when abusing hydrocodone, including but not limited to:

  • neglect of physical appearance
  • unhealthy or unexplained weight loss
  • lack of grooming, such as dirty clothes or skin
  • dental problems
  • runny nose
  • fever
  • chills
  • intense cravings

Behavioral Signs

Behavioral signs of hydrocodone addiction are more difficult to see. There is no sign of addiction that is the same with everyone, but there are a few things to look out for specifically. Behavioral change characteristic of addiction might include:ِ

  • forgetting your responsibilities at home, work, or school
  • social withdrawal
  • problems meeting obligations at home, work, or school
  • quitting recreational activities and other hobbies you once loved
  • relationship problems
  • using larger quantities than legally prescribed
  • preoccupation with obtaining the drug
  • using the drug in dangerous situations, such as operating machinery or driving

Hydrocodone Withdrawal

When you stop taking hydrocodone, you will experience withdrawal symptoms because your body has gotten used to having the drug in your system. The symptoms might include:

  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • muscle aches
  • dilated pupils
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • yawning
  • fatigue
  • nausea/vomiting
  • chills
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea

Withdrawal can begin as soon as one hour after your last dose and last several days to weeks. Although opioid withdrawal is not always life-threatening, going through medical detox in a hydrocodone rehab facility is ideal because you will have help to get through this challenging time in a safe and comfortable environment.

Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse

Short-Term Effects

The short-term effects of hydrocodone can be euphoric for some, but for others, short-term effects might include:

  • blurry vision
  • confusion
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • slowed heartbeat/reduced breathing rate
  • slurred speech
  • dry mouth
  • itchy skin
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea/vomiting
  • lack of consciousness
  • pinpoint pupils
  • seizures
  • flushed skin color

Long-Term Effects

Long-term hydrocodone abuse can change the way your brain functions. Your mood and thought patterns can be changed forever. If you have used this drug for a long time before quitting, then you might suffer from insomnia, liver or kidney disease, depression, and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can be treated through therapy and medication, but liver and kidney damage are hard to reverse.

Overdose is also a real possibility when it comes to long-term effects. When your body cannot process what you have in your system, your breathing rate decreases, and your heart rate. After an overdose, you will stop breathing, which causes hypoxia, also known as lack of oxygen in the brain.

Mental Illness and Hydrocodone

Unfortunately, the use of opioids is common among people who have mental health disorders. Roughly 16% of Americans suffer from mental health disorders, while America accounts for over 50% of opioid prescriptions in the world.

Individuals with mood and anxiety disorders are twice as likely to use these drugs than those without mental health problems. Additionally, those with mood and anxiety disorders are three times more likely to misuse opioids.

If you have a mental health disorder, you also increase your odds of using opioids for a long time. If you have a mood disorder, you are twice as likely to continue use even if you have no health issues that require it.

Dual Diagnosis

If you suffer from both a mental health problem and a substance use disorder, you have a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. This occurs for many reasons. Pain is a common symptom in people with mental health disorders.

Other reasons for a dual diagnosis being prevalent in hydrocodone abuse are those with depression often use opioids to self medicate. Rather than go to therapy, many people choose to self-medicate and escape from their problems.

Hydrocodone does not work well on people with mental illness, which leads to large doses, increasing your risk of addiction. If you have suffered a trauma of any kind, such as physical or emotional abuse, it can contribute to mental illness and drug addiction.



Understanding the physical and behavioral symptoms of hydrocodone addiction can help you determine if you or someone you love has a problem. Unfortunately, withdrawal is the hardest part of achieving sobriety.

Detox is recommended before going to an inpatient treatment program. In medical detox at a hydrocodone rehab, you will be supervised for up to seven days by medical staff to ensure that your health is preserved.

Payment Information

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

How to Get Help

Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction? At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it can be to give up an addiction. Our dedicated team will help you customize a treatment plan to help you heal from your addiction.

Our goal is for you to leave Resurgence Behavioral Health with mental fortitude and coping skills to maintain lifelong sobriety. Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at 855-458-0050 to schedule an appointment. We challenge you to make a fresh start with us today.

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.