Why Go to Hydrocodone Rehab?

Why Go to Hydrocodone Rehab?

Hydrocodone is a powerful and effective pain reliever that also has strong addiction potential. It is an opiate in the same chemical family as heroin, opium and codeine and is used as a primary ingredient in several name brand prescription painkillers. If used only as prescribed by a physician and only for the specified amount of time most people will not become addicted to hydrocodone. People with any history of addiction, substance abuse or depression should be especially careful when taking opiates.

How Hydrocodone Addiction Happens

Hydrocodone works well for pain management because it binds to chemical receptors in the brain that regulate pain messages. However, the chemical system the brain uses to manage pain is the same system it uses to motivate behavior through a system of rewards and feeling of pleasure. When hydrocodone is introduced to this system it floods the reward center of the brain with massive quantities of “feel good” chemicals, causing euphoria and triggering the reward center. Also, when opiates are present the brain stops creating its own natural chemicals, leaving the person feeling “off” when the drug is no longer available. Between this feeling and the strong compulsion created in the reward center, the user begins to crave hydrocodone. Additionally, the person will develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning they will require higher doses at increased frequency to achieve similar effects as their initial dose. This dependency also means that if they stop taking the drug they will experience negative withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely uncomfortable.

Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

Hydrocodone addiction is both physical and psychological. Both aspects are extremely powerful and difficult to beat. The signs of addiction to hydrocodone include the following:

  • Obsession with obtaining and taking the drug
  • Taking the drug longer than prescribed or at higher doses
  • Dishonesty regarding the use of the drug
  • Disruption of work, family or other important relationships
  • Fear of withdrawal
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Continuation of use despite negative consequences

Users who attempt to quit the drug will face a range of extremely difficult withdrawal symptoms. Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cold sweats
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Intense pain
  • Tremors
  • Uncontrollable diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

What Hydrocodone Rehabilitation Involves

The first step towards getting clean from hydrocodone is to admit that you have a problem and that you need help. There are many treatment options available, and several known strategies that will greatly increase your chances of success. Medically supervised detox services at rehabilitation centers are able to relieve many of the worst withdrawal symptoms during detox. These rehab centers also offer effective psychological care to help the addict conquer the mental aspect of their addiction. Group and individual counseling, positive reinforcement, empowering education and preparation for life beyond addiction all increase the odds of long-term recovery success.

Find Help for Hydrocodone Abuse and Addiction

If you are concerned about your use of hydrocodone or if you are concerned about someone you love, call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to receive more information about recovery. Our specially trained staff is standing by to get you the answers and the help you need. Call today!