My Hydrocodone Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone Else

My Hydrocodone Addiction Only Affects Me, Not Anyone Else

Hydrocodone is rarely prescribed in its pure form. It is typically formulated with another ingredient such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or antihistamine and is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain or to suppress serious coughs. Hydrocodone is highly addictive, and addiction impacts users and those around them.

Noticing the Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction

A person can see the impact that hydrocodone addiction has on their friends and family, but it is difficult for an addict to divert his or her attention from seeking, acquiring and using drugs. Denial and reflection are tools that addicts use to stay under the control of hydrocodone and to avoid addressing an addiction problem. If you take the time and focus on those around you, you will see just how much your hydrocodone addiction affects others.

Hydrocodone Abuse and Addiction Affects Your Children

Addicted hydrocodone users may experience extreme moods swings. They may be abnormally happy one moment, sad the next and angry shortly thereafter. Children may become quiet and tentative around unpredictable parents. They may try to remain invisible while at home, and they may have developed this defense mechanism in response to your varying moods. Not knowing what to expect from a parent makes a child tentative, insecure and anxious. Children may also demonstrate other symptoms such as the following:

  • Increased nightmares
  • Bed wetting
  • Stuttering speech

These are warning signs of a child that is having trouble coping with a parent’s addiction.

Hydrocodone Abuse and Addiction Affects Your Spouse

Nausea, vomiting, constipation and difficulty urinating are all common side effects of hydrocodone abuse. Your spouse may have initially expressed concerns when witnessing these behaviors by asking if you were feeling well or if you wanted to check with the doctor. When you ignore or deny the effects of your addiction, your spouse may stop asking about your physical healthy for fear that it will cause an argument or result in another lie. This disharmony that you have brought into your relationship is a direct result of your hydrocodone addiction.

Hydrocodone Abuse and Addiction Affects Your Colleagues and Employer

You may have been an important part of your professional team. People could rely on you to have a solution, get things organized and get things done, but you became less reliable and clear-headed as your hydrocodone addiction developed. Eventually your employer will have to confront you about decreased performance, increased absenteeism or physical signs of addiction. Your employer may be forced to take corrective action or dismiss you, before your addiction affects the company.

End the Effects of Hydrocodone Addiction

Your hydrocodone addiction has an effect on you and on the people in your lives. Please call our toll-free helpline to learn more about how to end addiction for yourself or your loved ones. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have or to simply listen to your concerns. We are here to help.