Dependence to Vicodin can occur with legitimate use as well as Vicodin addiction. Both circumstances can lead to full-blown addiction, which can become the focal point of a person’s life. He or she often finds that health, finances and close relationships suffer as a result.
Vicodin is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. It contains Hydrocodone, which is a pain reliever similar to codeine, and acetaminophen, a less potent pain reliever that increases effects of Hydrocodone. Vicodin has the potential to become habit forming and is often subject to abuse and misuse.
Vicodin addiction is rarely intentional. People are often prescribed it for pain and find it also works to dull them emotionally. Some even experience a state of euphoria if the drug isn’t taken as directed. There are others who abuse the drug because they like the effects. Dependence to this drug can progress quickly. When a person is addicted, it’s usually obvious the way their use impacts their lives and relationships.
How To Spot A Loved One In Trouble with Vicodin Addiction
Family, friends and loved ones feel the effects when someone they care about has a painkiller addiction. There are definite signs you can look for if you suspect a loved one is addicted:
- Changes in eating, sleeping habits
- Lack of attention to personal hygiene
- Slurred speech
- Nodding off
- Loss of coordination
- Bloodshot eyes
- Dilated pupils
- Withdrawal symptoms when drug runs out
Physical signs of addictive behavior are very obvious, however, the behavioral signs of an addiction often reveal themselves first and indicate there is a problem. These symptoms may include:
- Social isolation
- Unexplained changes in mood
- Stealing, lying and shady behavior
- Unexplained lack of money
- Unexplained absences from work or at home
- Changes in friends and activities
- Evidence of visiting multiple doctors (“doctor shopping”)
Resources For Families In Need
If someone you care about is battling an addiction to Vicodin, it can be very difficult and traumatic. There is no easy solution; Vicodin detox and treatment are the only ways to overcome this. It takes great determination to seek help so be patient.
Waismann Method Treatment has been successfully helping patients overcome Vicodin addiction since 1999. Our rapid detox procedure will quickly eliminate the physical opiate dependency while the patient is under deep sedation. This process can take less than 2 hours and requires a 2-to-5-day hospital stay for monitoring. The Domus Retreat provides aftercare for 2-to-7 days to address the psychological aspect of the addiction and provide patients the knowledge to live an opiate free life.
Healing is more than possible. Families can also find support in faith-based or 12-step programs, as well as counseling.