Signs Of Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone is an opioid drug commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain and like all opioids, can be highly addictive. Hydrocodone use can turn into abuse, and abuse can quickly spiral into addiction.
How Hydrocodone Addiction Happens
Hydrocodone interferes with the brain’s pain receptors and reward system. This results in reducing the body’s sensation of pain and also produces feelings of happiness.
Hydrocodone use and abuse can cause a physical dependence on the drug. The body can quickly become tolerant to hydrocodone, making it harder to get the same effects from the drug, so a higher dosage is taken. Use turns into abuse when a person stops taking the drug as prescribed and takes it more frequently or at a higher dosage. When this happens, a person can quickly become addicted and hydrocodone savagely changes lives in negative ways.
Hydrocodone Addiction Signs
You may be worried if you are addicted to hydrocodone. Here are a few signs:
- You are always thinking about hydrocodone and when you can take it again.
- You are uncomfortable if the pills are not with you.
- Money is set aside for purchase of the drug.
- When you are in homes of friends and family you are raiding their medicine cabinet looking for drugs.
Maybe you have tried to quit. When you do, you experience withdrawal symptoms. At first you may experience anxiety, sweating, irritability, runny nose and difficulty in sleeping. After a brief time symptoms will become more severe and you feel as if you have a bad case of the flu with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and deep muscle pain.
If you are concerned a loved one may have an addiction to hydrocodone, it can be hard to detect. Below are physical and behavioral signs that you can look out for:
- Mood swings
- Hardship in relationships
- Financial problems
- Lying or stealing
- Lack of interest in school or work
- Noticeable drowsiness
- Extreme happiness
- Constricted pupils
If you are seeing these signs in yourself or a loved one, help is available. Many times someone can’t see they have a problem until they are confronted by a loved one.
Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment
If hydrocodone use is negatively controlling the daily functioning of your life, it can be treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling and support. Medication-assisted treatment will help you keep comfortable during detox and help with cravings so you will be less tempted to relapse. We offer a flexible counseling schedule for your convenience, as counseling plays a vital role in maintaining a sober life. Give AMC a call today and take your life back.