Vicodin is a popular pain reliever used for minor and major injuries, to recover post surgery or for extreme pain and is comprised of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
Although Vicodin is very popular for pain relief, like most narcotics, it can be habit forming which means that people may experience increased tolerance and withdrawal symptoms upon stopping usage. Vicodin is also relatively inexpensive to obtain illegally. These factors have led to increased recreational usage, especially among teens and young adults. Many teens who experiment with drugs for the first time find them in their own family's medicine cabinets. They may also buy them off of their peers who steal from their parents or are selling their own personal supply that was originally prescribed to them by a doctor.
Many people who take Vicodin continuously will notice its effects lessening slowly as the body builds up a tolerance to it. The body adjusts to opiates such as Vicodin so the user does not experience the same high as they did when they first use it. This causes them to take more pills to get high or feel pain relief. Some individuals will begin taking stronger medications and/or combine Vicodin with other narcotics, and this can lead to accidental overdose and death. This is also the point typically when people begin thinking they need vicodin treatment to overcome their increased usage.
Vicodin dependence is created by habitual use of the drug which requires a conscious choice to keep getting high. Overdoses on Vicodin are far too common especially when mixed with alcohol and other drugs. Early sign of Vicodin overdose include: confusion, weakness, stomach pain, vomiting/nausea, loss of appetite, loss of consciousness (nodding out) and dark urine. These symptoms should not be taken lightly and medical attention should be sought immediately if an overdose is suspected.
It is important to know that if your loved one is abusing Vicodin they can overcome habitual use and the problems that go with it without vicodin treatment. There are a few early sign of heavy Vicodin usage such as:
Freedom Model Retreats is an excellent alternative to vicodin treatment and can help with other prescriptions pill problems. This program is an alternative to drug rehab and includes a non 12 step approach; and uses educational practices rather than treatment involving more medication, like many rehabs use. If you are ready to make a change or just have questions about solutions. Call today.