What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid similar to codeine. As a narcotic analgesic, it is used to control mild to moderate pain and is also an antitussive (cough-suppressant). Also, commonly prescribed pain pills containing hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab, and Norco.
Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone works by blocking pain sensations in the brain, producing sensations very similar to morphine. It is a central nervous (CNS) depressant and also depresses the action of the part of the brain that is responsible for the coughing reflex.
Dangers of Hydrocodone Use and Abuse
Like other opioid medications, hydrocodone is highly habit-forming and tolerance building. This means that over time, users have to take more to achieve the same effects. It can cause physical and psychological dependence even when used as prescribed by a doctor. Lesser restrictions on combination formulas, such as Vicodin, have led to greater abuse of these drugs than pure hydrocodone. Vicodin and similar drugs are widely available through doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, and other avenues.
More than 2 million Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. Like its cousin, oxycodone, hydrocodone can cause physical dependence and addiction. In some cases, hydrocodone addiction can be more dangerous because of the additional side effects from acetaminophen.
Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction
Prescribed Hydrocodone is common for legitimate medical purposes. This makes it difficult for some users to recognize their addiction. Unfortunately, it is extremely easy to build up an unhealthy physical and psychological dependence on hydrocodone. Due to its tolerance-building nature, detox should be done under professional care in a residential facility. Also, continued treatment to address psychological dependence and spiritual healing reduce the psychological stress of detox. Residential hydrocodone addiction treatment, including psychological treatment and counseling, ensures the best chance for long-term abstinence.
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