tired woman sitting against wall has Hydrocodone AddictionHydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that’s incredibly common on the market today. Doctors still prescribe this drug for chronic pain, despite understanding its addictive properties. Patients who use the medication according to doctors’ instructions often don’t realize its addiction risk.

Why Hydrocodone Is So Widely Used

Hydrocodone helps manage pain that many other pain relievers can’t. Patients often take this opioid after surgery or injury. While hydrocodone works well, it causes many unpleasant side effects. When individuals abuse it, its effects are much worse.

Side effects of this opioid include nausea, vomiting, constipation, and dizziness. The drug also causes sleepiness and confusion.

Despite negative effects, patients who originally receive this medication from their doctors often continue seeking it after the prescription ends. They develop an attachment to the painkilling effects and euphoria that cause a high of sorts. Other attractive effects are a sense of relaxation and content feelings. Many people use it to escape anxiety, depression or unhappiness, not realizing they’re self-medicating a treatable mental illness.

When patients are no longer able get prescriptions, street suppliers provide easier access. On the street, nicknames like perks, tabs, vicos, hydro, norco and 357s describe the drug.

Signs You May Be Addicted

If you’re taking this opioid, you can develop an addiction. This means you suffer negative effects if you stop using it. If you believe you need hydrocodone for normal daily functioning and use it despite problems that it causes in your life, you likely already have an addiction.

There are other signs of addiction, including:

  • Lying to doctors to gain prescriptions
  • Requesting more refills than you need for pain
  • Seeing more than one doctor for more pills
  • Isolating yourself from friends and family
  • Spending too much money on drugs
  • Ignoring things you once enjoyed for pills
  • Being moody and suffering broken relationships

Before addiction comes tolerance. Tolerance means your body is used to the drug you routinely take. After awhile, your drug dose no longer provides the high or positive feelings you enjoy. You have to take larger doses to feel the same effects.

Taking more hydrocodone to make you feel the high can also lead to overdose. Overdose includes ill effects like muscle weakness, slow breathing, slow heart rate, heavy sleepiness, unconsciousness, and in extreme cases, coma or death.

The Help You Need for Addiction

There is only one real way to end your addiction to opioid medication. You need to seek a qualified drug addiction treatment center. Rehab will help you understand why you began abusing drugs and how to prevent your addiction from relapsing.

1st Step Behavioral Health understands painkiller addiction. At 1st Step’s facility in Pompano Beach, Florida, you can learn how to overcome your addiction for lasting recovery. This treatment program takes an old-school approach to rehab, helping you dig into your addiction and solve your underlying problems that led to where you are today.

1st Step Behavioral Health offers programs that include:

  • Long term care for six to 12 months
  • Assigned recovery coaches
  • A caring, supportive environment
  • Therapies you need for long-term sobriety, including family therapy
  • Your own primary care therapist for a strong treatment counseling relationship
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety
  • Holistic therapies including massage therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture

You can stop abusing hydrocodone and get your life back on track. You simply need the right support and help through a quality drug rehab program. Call 1st Step Behavioral Health now at (855) 425-4846 for that help and a chance for a brighter future.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.