Preventing a Hydrocodone Addiction from Getting Worse

Preventing a Hydrocodone Addiction from Getting Worse

Hydrocodone is an extremely powerful opioid that is notorious for causing addiction. Common brand names for hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab and Lorcet (among others), so you still have an opiate addiction if you abuse any of these drugs. However, no matter how you began abusing hydrocodone, you can take steps to keep it from becoming an uncontrollable addiction.

How Hydrocodone Addiction Starts

Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that is incredibly potent; it interacts with dopamine receptors to limit how the brain interprets pain. The problem is that, because hydrocodone is a prescription drug, many patients assume that it is a safe pill, thus they may be less vigilant about taking the right amount at the right time. Other patients, especially those who suffer from long-term pain, find that hydrocodone use yields diminishing returns. In other words, the same dose eventually relieves less pain, so to remedy this patients raise their doses to feel the same relief.

Others become addicted to hydrocodone through recreational abuse. They may steal someone else’s prescription, feign symptoms of pain to obtain a strong prescription or they may buy the medication illegally. People who engage in this kind of drug abuse are usually aware of the effects they hope to experience, i.e. getting high, but they may not understand the consequences of drug abuse. In this context, drug abuse means using a medication outside of medical and legal guidelines, whether or not the amounts a user ingests is large.

How to Recognize and Stop Hydrocodone Addiction

If your loved one uses hydrocodone illicitly and is losing control of his habit, you can recognize this problem through any of the following signs:

  • He has more of his prescription or more pills on hand than he used to
  • He seeks doctors who dispense strong medications without asking many questions
  • He claims that the cost of his medicine is too great, so he frequently asks you and others for money. He may even resort to guilt or exaggeration to obtain funds.
  • He steals money or medication from you, insisting that he intends to pay you back
  • He complains about his pain with increasing frequency, hoping that you will support him in his increased hydrocodone consumption
  • He acts more lethargic and lifeless than ever before, punctuated by unpredictable emotional outbursts
  • He grows angry and defensive when questioned about his hydrocodone consumption

If you notice one or more of these problems in your loved one, he probably needs immediate intervention.

Hydrocodone Addiction Help

Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for guidance on how to confront a suspected drug user and for information on relevant treatment methods. You can rediscover a healthy life free of addiction, so seek us today for professional support.