What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is the trade mark name for the medication combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The hydrocodone in Vicodin is an opioid pain relievers. The acetaminophen found in Vicodin is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, making it very effective in pain management.  Vicodin can also induce a sense of euphoria, making it a highly addictive medication.

Vicodin Use

Vicodin is used on a regular basis. Physicians prescribed Vicodin to patients in need of an pain management medication, successfully relieving moderate to severe pain. Vicodin holds a high risk of abuse due to the euphoric effects it creates as well as high risk of developing a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency. Patients taking Vicodin will typically only take the medication on a short term basis, however some require its long term use which puts them at a greater risk of dependency.

Vicodin Abuse

Vicodin is one of the most commonly prescribed pain management medications. This makes it one of the most commonly abused. This is because it can easily produce a sense of euphoria and well being, making it a drug sought out by abusers. Regular abuse of Vicodin can result in the individual developing a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency. When abruptly stopping the use of Vicodin the user may experience symptoms of withdrawal that can lead them back to Vicodin use for comfort.

Signs of Vicodin Abuse

  • Intentional misuse of the medication
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Visiting multiple Doctors for new prescriptions
  • Illegally purchasing Vicodin
  • Stealing the medication
  • Loss of controll
  • Unable to stop using Vicodin
  • Withdrawal symptoms when stopping its use
  • Change in lifestyle and behavior
  • Difficulty at home, within personal relationships
  • Trouble at work or school
  • Financial difficulties

Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea and vomiting

Vicodin Addiction Treatment

Vicodin addiction is overwhelming. Those addicted can’t seem to stop using the drug due to the uncomfortable, at times painful, symptoms of withdrawal that occur when stopping its use. For most an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is needed to withdrawal from Vicodin and work through their physical and psychological addiction.

Aspects to Vicodin Treatment

  • Detoxification
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Education
  • Family Counseling