Benefits of Addressing Hydrocodone Addiction Problems Early

Benefits of Addressing Hydrocodone Addiction Problems Early

Hydrocodone, a powerful synthetic opioid, is made from either codeine or thebaine (two lesser-known but extremely potent opiates) and is used as a pain reliever and cough suppressant. The pain-relieving qualities of such drugs as Vicodin and Lortab make hydrocodone an obvious candidate for abuse, but not always is enough attention paid to the addictive potential of cough medications and syrups containing it. Individuals who want to experience the dreamy high of narcotics but lack the money or rebellious spirit to try illegal drugs sometimes think that they have found a “safe” alternative in cough medicine. What they fail to realize is that the opioid content in such common medicine-cabinet staples is just as addictive as that of hard drugs, and this ignorance makes the potential of dependence even more dangerous.

Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction

The abuse of medicines containing hydrocodone can produce any of the following side effects which only grow more serious with time:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Itching
  • Nightmares
  • Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Confused thoughts
  • Mood instability

Long-term abuse includes the possibilities of hearing loss and overdose, the latter of which can be fatal.

Why Hydrocodone Addiction Should Be Confronted Early

The false sense of security conveyed by the prescription-regulated dispensation of hydrocodone pain relievers or the over-the-counter availability of cough medicine lulls many people into ignoring or minimizing the development of hydrocodone addiction. Many argue that if the medicine is still doing its basic job, only requiring a little extra dosage to do so than before, surely it isn’t a problem. What they must realize is that it is. The development of this addiction can be so insidiously slow that it seems alarmist to consider seriously the life-altering implications that hydrocodone dependence has on one’s mental and physical health; however they must be considered. Once addiction has set in, it takes months or years of specialized, consistent therapy to break one’s cravings for his drug of choice. A drug habit also funnels an ever-growing amount of one’s money into keeping withdrawal symptoms quiet, to the point of neglecting his and his loved ones’ basic needs. If an addiction to hydrocodone is even suspected, the user needs to discuss it with his doctor right away; and if he does not see the merit in doing this, a friend or family member who fears the onset of addiction would do well to consult a recovery service and consider a preliminary intervention.

Recovery Help for Hydrocodone Addiction

If you or your loved one is developing a dependency on hydrocodone, please do not hesitate to contact us at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Remaining silent always has worse consequences than speaking up; don’t let fear keep you from taking action. Our counselors are waiting to advise you, so give us a call today.