The first ones to notice you have a problem will be your friends and family. They will notice the symptoms of your vicodin addiction before you even realize you have a problem. If someone is taking Vicodin for medical purposes, using the medication according to its prescription, a physical dependency may occur, however they may not show signs of a vicodin addiction. If you or a loved one begin to show any of the following symptoms of vicodin addiction, help from an addiction treatment center may be needed.

“Nodding Out”

Nodding out is the first sign that your loved one has a serious problem. You may be in the middle of a serious conversation and notice your loved one slowly nodding out, or this happening when they are trying to keep focused. If you confront them they may deny anything is wrong and claim that they are just tired. However you know what is happening, they have an drug addiction.

Completely Obsessed with Vicodin

Vicodin addicts quickly become obsessed with the drug. They need to know when they will get their next dose, ensure they have a steady supply and plan out their next dose perfectly so that they do not begin to experience any symptoms of withdrawal.  They will compulsively take the drug when stressed, or looking to relax to its euphoric effects. Their body will develop a tolerance, requiring them to take larger doses to achieve the desired effects.

Physical Side Effects

When starting Vicodin you may have noticed some side effects that go along with it. These side effects tapper off as the dose is adjusted. For those people who are addicted to Vicodin will typically take more than the prescribed dose, experiencing more intense and long lasting side effects. Common side effects include:

  • paranoia
  • anxiety
  • incoherent sedation
  • severe mood swings
  • nodding out or passing out
  • nausea and vomiting
  • inability to focus on a conversation or task

Drug Seeking Behavior

The longer you take Vicodin, the more your body becomes dependent, developing a tolerance to the drug which requires you to take larger doses to achieve the desired effects. Most doctors will not simply increase your dose, so you take things in your own hands and begin taking larger doses. However your pills do not last as long, sending you in search of new ways to get the drugs you need to function. You may do so by “doctor shopping” to get duplicate prescriptions or writing fake prescriptions, you may even purchase Vidoin off the streets.

Problems in Personal Relationships

Everyone has problems in their personal relationships, financial difficulty and problems in the work field time to time. Vicodin addicts have trouble keeping up with all things that were once important to them, having financial difficulties, interpersonal issues, and a hard time keeping up with things that were once important to them.

If you fear that you or a loved one are suffering from a vicodin addiction, turn to an addiction treatment center for the help you need to get clean and stay sober.