Dangers of Maintaining a Hydrocodone Addiction

Dangers of Maintaining a Hydrocodone Addiction

Many drug users think they can maintain regular drug use without serious consequences. It is possible to be a functional addict, and some addicts can hold down a job and maintain personal relationships while using drugs regularly. Users may continue in this way for quite some time and become convinced that they can “handle it.”

However, regular use of a powerful opioid like hydrocodone is very likely to catch up with a person eventually and result in serious problems for them – possibly even disaster.

Direct Consequences of Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone is extremely addictive and will produce a strong physical dependence with regular long-term use. Once dependence has occurred it is extremely difficult to stop using hydrocodone due to the miserable withdrawal symptoms that result. The withdrawal symptoms produced by hydrocodone are virtually identical to those produced by heroin, and have been compared to the worst case of the flu imaginable. Although withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone are usually not life threatening, they are so agonizing that many users trying to quit simply give up and relapse into hydrocodone use just to end the misery.

The most serious direct consequence of hydrocodone abuse is the possibility of fatal overdose. All opiates (heroin, morphine) and synthetic opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone) are capable of causing death when taken in too large a dose. Accidental overdose is common among addicts because the drugs produce a tolerance in the user, meaning that over time, ever-increasing doses are required to achieve the same result. Users may eventually take too large a dose, resulting in depressed breathing or even death. Combining hydrocodone with alcohol greatly increases the chance of fatal overdose.

Indirect Consequences of Hydrocodone Addiction

The possible indirect consequences of hydrocodone addiction are infinite, and may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hydrocodone use causes impaired judgment and motor skills, and users may “nod off,” leading to serious or fatal accidents, especially while driving.
  • Users may be arrested for driving under the influence or for possession of a controlled substance.
  • Users typically spend large amounts of money on hydrocodone, resulting in financial hardship.
  • Some users resort to illegal means such as stealing or dealing drugs to finance their habits, which may result in criminal charges.
  • The constant state of impairment resulting from continual hydrocodone use makes it very hard to hold down a job or to function effectively on the job. Poor job performance, career difficulties, job loss and unemployment are common results of hydrocodone abuse.
  • Workers on hydrocodone may cause accidents at work, leading to injury or death to themselves or others.
  • Continual drug use makes it very difficult to relate to others and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. This can result in family difficulties, divorce and estrangement from children.

Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone addiction and dependence can be treated successfully. Professional treatment offers the best chance for a safe and successful recovery from hydrocodone addiction. A good program for the treatment of hydrocodone addiction will include medically supervised detox to monitor the patient’s safety and minimize withdrawal symptoms as much as possible, along with counseling to address psychological and behavioral issues related to the addiction. Patients will learn healthier ways of coping without resorting to drug use.

If you would like help finding treatment for hydrocodone addiction, call us today. Our helpline is toll free and counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment options for you or a loved one.