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Hydrocodone Addiction

Are You Suffering from a Hydrocodone Addiction?

Back in 2014, the number of US citizens dying from prescription drug overdoses reached record highs. This led the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) to officially declare prescription drug abuse an epidemic. For reasons that researchers are still trying to understand, the US has the biggest problem with death from prescription drugs than any other first world country. Currently, the problem is so out of control that the average American is more likely to die from a prescription drug addiction, such as hydrocodone abuse, than they are from getting into a violent car accident.

What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a prescription drug used to help people with pain. It may be prescribed to patients suffering from acute pain, such as that from a sudden injury or post-surgical pain. It may also be prescribed to a patient for long-term chronic pain. It may also be prescribed under other names such as:

  • Codeine
  • Vicodin
  • Lorotab
  • Lorcet
  • Maxidone
  • Norco
  • Zydone
  • Vicoprofen
  • Ibudone
  • Reprexain
  • Alor 5/500
  • Axdone
  • Damson-P
  • Lorotab

A hydrocodone addiction alone isn’t the most dangerous thing that can happen to someone struggling with substance abuse. If one’s tolerance for hydrocodone gets too high and they need more drug to deal with their pain, or cannot get as much hydrocodone as they need, they may graduate up to harder drugs. For most hydrocodone abusers, the next step up might be illicit street heroin.

Recovering from a Hydrocodone Addiction

Getting over a hydrocodone addiction can be difficult. Not only does a hydrocodone abuser’s body develop a physical addiction to the drug, but most addictions also have a psychological component to them as well. People who become dependent upon hydrocodone will have trouble coping with physical pain as well as emotional stressors without it – unless they get help from a professional rehab facility.

Detoxing from hydrocodone typically comes with muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, cold flashes, shaking, fever, and sweats. In rare cases, these symptoms can prove fatal without a medically-supervised detox. Buprenorphine and clonidine are commonly prescribed for people who experience extreme symptoms. Naltrexone may also be a part of the aftercare process. It blocks opiates from reacting with the brain, which can help prevent relapse.

Getting Help for Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone addiction is a difficult disorder to recover from. Whether you’re concerned with a loved one’s use of hydrocodone or your own, there is help available near you. Give one of our addiction specialists a call for more information on resources, types of rehab, and other help available near you.