Understanding Vicodin addiction
In order to determine what type of Vicodin addiction detox program will best target and individual’s clinical and personal needs, it is important to understand everything you can about the drug and why it is so addictive. Vicodin is classified as a narcotic analgesic or painkiller that is derived from codeine and thebaine and prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.
Vicodin is also found in compound form with non-opioid OTC substances such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or ibuprofen, which makes it slightly less effective as a compounded drug. Although it is only available legally by prescription, it is highly accessible on the street for the recreational prescription medication user. The euphoric effects of the drug, its widespread availability, and the fact that it is popularly prescribed by numerous physicians is why the medication is so popular.
As an individual takes Vicodin legally or illegally on a prolonged basis, they build up a tolerance to it meaning that they will begin taking increasingly larger doses of the drug. The more they take, the more the addiction or dependency takes hold of their lives until they cannot make it through the day without taking it up to several times. It is not uncommon for the person to take 10 or more a day once dependency has begun.
What are the effects and warning signs of addiction?
Although many individuals who are suffering with a Vicodin addiction or dependency can keep it hidden from those around them for a prolonged period of time. Vicodin addiction detox becomes necessary once it becomes apparent that the individual has become dependent on the medication. The following are the primary side effects that the user will oftentimes experience when an addiction or dependency is present:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- concentration difficulties and the inability to think straight
- drowsiness and fatigue
- euphoric feelings (the high experienced)
- extreme sense of feeling relaxed
- laziness and lethargy
- pupil constriction (a.k.a. “pinpoint” pupils)
As the addiction becomes more severe, the more common symptoms indicating the presence of a dependency are:
- feeling ashamed and/or guilty due to the amount of the drug you are taking as well as always trying to obtain more of it
- needing to ingest increasingly larger doses to get high (a sign of tolerance build-up)
- other symptoms such as insomnia, muscle aches, and night sweats will occur if you abruptly stop taking the medication
- taking higher doses than what has been prescribed due to increased tolerance build-up
- visiting more than one physician in order to obtain multiple prescriptions, which is known as “doctor shopping”
Medical detox and withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms will typically occur when the individual is undergoing the Vicodin addiction detox stage. Depending on the severity of their addiction or dependency, this can be an extremely painful and unpleasant experience. Typically, they will experience a number of the following withdrawal symptoms during the detox stage:
- excessive or increased perspiration
- flu-like symptoms
- insomnia or sleeplessness
- muscle spasms and twitches
- nasal congestion and runny nose
It is extremely important that the individual not attempt to detox from Vicodin on their own but medical supervision is recommended. During the detox stage, the individual’s blood pressure and heart rate are monitored along with other vital signs around the clock as they are medically cared for and supervised.
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