Hydrocodone Addiction and Weight Problems

Hydrocodone Addiction and Weight Problems

There are many possible side effects of hydrocodone addiction, including the possibility of changes in weight. Weight fluctuations can result from the unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle that addicts tend to lead as well as from changes in appetite brought on by the drug itself.

The Unhealthy Lifestyle of Hydrocodone Addicts

Hydrocodone addicts typically do not live a very healthy lifestyle. Hydrocodone is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that tends to make users listless and lethargic. They often spend inordinate amounts of time in bed or on the couch, typically do not get enough exercise and usually do not eat a healthy, balanced diet.

This sedentary lifestyle can cause weight problems for certain individuals. Depending on the individual, a person may gain or lose weight while addicted to hydrocodone. A person who is naturally overweight and has to constantly guard against gaining extra weight is likely to experience significant weight gain while living the lifestyle of a hydrocodone addict.

Conversely, a person who tends to be thin by nature may become dangerously malnourished while addicted to hydrocodone. Of course, malnourishment can occur in overweight individuals as well if they are not getting adequate nutrients. Being overweight does not necessarily mean that an individual is well fed. A person may gain weight by eating all the wrong things and can be seriously malnourished despite being overweight.

Hydrocodone Addiction and Changes in Appetite

Hydrocodone use can also cause changes in appetite. A hydrocodone user may simply not be hungry much of the time, even if he or she is not sufficiently nourished. When the person is hungry, he or she is likely to crave unhealthy foods, such as fried foods, salty snacks and sweets. Living on this type of diet can cause significant changes in weight, especially when the person also does not get enough exercise. In addition to changes in weight, poor diet and malnutrition resulting from hydrocodone addiction can cause many other serious health concerns.

Many hydrocodone addicts are also poly drug users, meaning that they abuse more than one drug. Without a doubt, the most common drug used in conjunction with hydrocodone or any other prescription narcotic is alcohol. Alcohol use can also profoundly impact weight. Alcohol is very fattening in and of itself. Using alcohol in combination with hydrocodone will increase the tendency to live an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. In some people, this may contribute to weight gain; in others, it may contribute to malnutrition and weight loss.

Treating Hydrocodone Addiction

If you are psychologically addicted to or physically dependent on hydrocodone, it is imperative for your health and safety that you seek treatment. Addiction to a painkiller like hydrocodone may be a sign that there are complex and deep-rooted psychological issues that need to be addressed. People often resort to use of painkillers in order to self-medicate and numb emotional pain. It may be that this pain is related to weight or body image issues. Unfortunately, while the desire to ease the pain is understandable, using hydrocodone to escape will only make matters worse. Dealing with problems is always more productive than avoiding them, and there are safe and effective ways to cope with weight issues without resorting to drugs.

If you would like help finding treatment for hydrocodone addiction or any related psychological issues, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today.