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Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone Addiction

What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a prescription medication belonging to the narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) group. Hydrocodone is used for around-the-clock treatment of mild to severe pain. It is similar to codeine, though much more potent. Therefore it is also used as a cough suppressant. Strength-wise, comparable medications would be morphine, oxycodone, and heroin. The calm, dreamy state of mind it produces in addicts is also similar to the symptoms caused by the above mentioned drugs.

How is Hydrocodone Used?

This highly addictive opioid is one of the most prescribed medications in the U.S. Because of this high number, it is not difficult to obtain an illegal sum of this drug. It is found in dosage forms of:

  • Tablet
  • Solution
  • Syrup
  • Capsule
  • Liquid
  • Elixir

Some people will empty out the capsules or grind the tablets and then snort the drug in a powder form. This provides a stronger, more intense high.

Hydrocodone Addiction Symptoms

Common physical symptoms of Hydrocodone addiction include:

  • Physical dependence on the narcotic
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Constricting pupils
  • Nausea or vomitting
  • Rash
  • Constipation
  • Blood clots
  • Urination issues

Mental symptoms include:

  • Lighthearted feelings of euphoria
  • Atypical feelings of good cheer
  • Atypical feelings of despondency
  • Increased anxiety
  • Difficulty managing emotions

In addition to these symptoms, hydrocodone addiction can also lead to:

  • Dialated pupils
  • Shallow, labored breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Liver Disease or Liver Failure (non-reversible in some cases)
  • Seizure
  • Death

Hydrocodone Addiction Withdrawal

For those who have become physically dependent on Hydrocodone, withdrawal symptoms can begin to become very evident in as little as 6 to 10 hours after the last dose. In most cases the withdrawal does not produce life-threatening effects. The level of intensity of the withdrawal process will be entirely dependent on how much of the drug was abused and the length of the abuse. Withdrawal symptoms seem to spike and hit their maximum peaks between 48 and 72 hours and begin to cease after about 2 weeks. This length of time also varies from addict to addict.

Typical symptoms of Hydrocodone withdrawal include:

  • Unsatisfiable urge for Hydrocodone
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Runny nose and the chills
  • Irritability and easily agitated

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

The abuse of Hydrocodone can become deadly if there is no intervention or a desire to quit. Overcoming the physically demanding and painful withdrawal symptoms should not be attempted at home. Detox should be done at a professional drug rehab treatment center where the user can be seen and monitored closely by a physician. These treatment centers have the tools and resources needed to get through this difficult process and they are ready to help. If you need help beating a Hydrocodone addiction, please reach out to us and let us help you find a solution.