Harms of Recreational Hydrocodone Use

Harms of Recreational Hydrocodone Use

Hydrocodone is a drug found in many common prescription medications such as the following:

  • Vicodin
  • Lortab
  • Lorcet

While these drugs can offer effective treatment for pain, hydrocodone has the potential to be dangerous. This is especially true when hydrocodone is used for non-medical reasons outside of the care of a physician. Hydrocodone is widely abused, and the dangers of prescription drug use are frequently underestimated. When misused hydrocodone can have severe consequences.

How Is Hydrocodone Abused?

Hydrocodone produces euphoric effects in users, especially when it is crushed and snorted or melted in water and injected. Many users experience feelings of satisfaction and a warm, numbing sensation throughout their bodies. These sorts of feelings can be alluring for recreational or personal reasons. Some people will use hydrocodone as a way to escape from their problems or to dull an emotion or memory of an experience. Some people may use it to deal with a mental health issue. For others, especially younger users, hydrocodone abuse may be a result of peer pressure. Regardless of why someone is abusing hydrocodone, the drug can have serious consequences and side effects.

Why Is Recreational Hydrocodone Use a Problem?

Hydrocodone is intended to be used in small doses for a short amount of time. It can cause side effects such as the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Constipation
  • Severe vomiting

If overdose occurs, which is a great risk of recreational hydrocodone use, respiratory depression, coma, seizures, heart attack and sometimes even death can occur. Because most formulations of hydrocodone contain acetaminophen, too much of it can destroy your liver. Even if you think that your hydrocodone use is minimal, tolerance, physical dependence and addiction can form quickly. When this happens, even if you want to stop taking the drug you cannot because of painful withdrawal symptoms. Recreational hydrocodone use can have other consequences as well such as the results of poor or dangerous choices made while under the influence of the drug or damages to your financial stability or relationships. If you are abusing hydrocodone, you need to get help. It is crucial to address hydrocodone abuse as soon as it is recognized and to also address the underlying causes that might perpetuate it.

Do You Need Hydrocodone Abuse Help?

Are you using hydrocodone recreationally, or have you become addicted to hydrocodone? Please let us help you. Our trained counselors are here to answer your questions and get you the solutions you need for you hydrocodone problem. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, so please call now.