When Hydrocodone Use Becomes an Abuse Problem

When Hydrocodone Use Becomes an Abuse Problem

Hydrocodone can be used as a pain-reliever – it works by changing the way the brain responds to pain – or as a cough suppressant by decreasing activity in the brain that causes coughing. Hydrocodone can be habit-forming. As with any drug, it is especially dangerous when it is not taken as directed. Crushing, splitting or chewing hydrocodone capsules can cause the full dose to be released all at once instead of over a period of time. This can result in overdose and even death.

When Prescription Hydrocodone Use Becomes Abuse

Unfortunately, the number of those who abuse hydrocodone in one way or another has been growing for some time. Various statistics show a dramatic increase in prescriptions written for hydrocodone or hydrocodone products in the last decade.

Sadly, addiction makes no distinction between those who get there by way of reckless behavior or those who start using hydrocodone legitimately. In the case of the latter, many users are motivated by pain to take higher or more frequent doses of hydrocodone. It doesn’t take long for tolerance to develop. Tolerance is basically the body getting used to the drug and becoming less affected by it as a result. This means that higher doses are required to achieve the same effect.

When Recreational Hydrocodone Use Becomes Abuse

The hydrocodone addiction situation is not much different when comparing recreational use to prescription use. Many take hydrocodone seeking the euphoric feeling or “high” associated with it. Of course, the same process described above occurs in this case: tolerance develops which causes the user to take higher doses seeking the same “high” experienced initially.

Unlike users who begin taking hydrocodone legitimately, recreational users may feel like they have control of the situation. Legitimate users, who never intended to do anything but treat pain, may quickly realize they’re losing control and get help. Of course, every case is different. Some legitimate users may not realize they are addicted. Recreational users focus on the feeling they get from hydrocodone and may always feel as if they could quit but that they simply don’t want to. Either case can be extremely dangerous. Hydrocodone overdoses have become more common, to the point that use of the drug has become more controversial in the medical community. If you suspect that you might be addicted or on the verge of addiction, you should get help before things get worse.

Help for Hydrocodone Addiction

If you or someone close to you struggles with hydrocodone abuse or addiction, we can help. Once you’ve lost control of your drug use, it can be hard or impossible to recover without help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with a helpful representative. We can help you find the treatment plan that’s right for you and help you get your life back. Addiction doesn’t have to control you. Call now and start recovering today.