Abuse of prescription drugs, especially painkillers, has become a serious problem around the world and correlates directly with the rising number of prescriptions being written. For many, it starts with a legitimate prescription for moderate to severe pain. For some, a drug dependence starts slowly; for others, its onset can be swift. In both cases, patients usually develop a tolerance to Norco, meaning the prescribed dose is no longer effective for pain management. Escalating your dose against doctors’ advice can have serious consequences including addiction and overdose. Norco is a narcotic painkiller that combines the opiate hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Repeated use of Norco, even when used as prescribed, can lead to addiction. Abuse of Norco can include a wide range of behaviors but basically means taking it in any way that goes against the directions on the label.
Signs You or a Loved is Suffering From Norco Abuse
Altering your dose of Norco by taking it in higher doses or more often than recommended is not advised. Taking it for unintended reasons or without a prescription can also be considered abuse. If you are taking Norco and escalating your dose despite potentially negative consequences, you may want to seek help. All opiate medications have the ability to be habit-forming. They work by activating the brain’s reward circuits and sending pain-fighting signals. The stimulation of these reward centers may result in patients craving the drug more and more. Powerful physical and/or psychological cravings are indicative of a drug dependency. The onset of withdrawal symptoms once use is stopped or tapered is a sure sign of physical addiction.
Mixing Norco with other substances to increase the “high” or euphoric feelings can be dangerous to your health. Those who have suffered through prior addictions should avoid therapy with Norco and other opiates. They may be more prone to developing an addiction to it. Other signs of Norco abuse and addiction include a mental preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug. Others may falsify prescriptions or shop around for different doctors to secure more than one supply. These and other risky behaviors can lead to unintended consequences which can be fatal.
Safe, Professional Norco Detox Should Be Opiate-Free
If you suspect your use of Norco has escalated to abuse, you should seek professional help to detox. The Waismann Method of rapid detox can effectively and safely treat Norco addiction without using opiate replacements. Our medical procedure is performed in an accredited hospital and takes less than two hours. We use medicine to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors while they are under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists. The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while the patient is sedated. Thus, they awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred. Our transitional living facility, Domus Retreat, is also available to assist guests in their continued quest for recovery. Here, guests are offered individually prepared meals, biofeedback therapy, massage therapy, and group and individual counseling.