Why Hydrocodone Isn’t Harmless

Why Hydrocodone Isn’t Harmless

Hydrocodone is an opiate painkiller that is highly addictive. Prescriptions of this drug are sold under various brand names, such as Vicodin, and it is commonly prescribed in combination with other substances, like ibuprofen. Hydrocodone is far from harmless, because it is highly addictive and can lead to the following physical and psychological consequences:

  • Dependency – A physical and psychological dependency to hydrocodone can develop even when the substance is taken as prescribed. Dependency can develop in a process. When users take the drug for long enough, then they develop a tolerance for the substance, which means they need higher doses to achieve desired effects. This process can cause physical dependency wherein withdrawal symptoms occur if users go long enough without a dose. People may also develop psychological dependence that causes them to believe they need the drug to function.
  • Withdrawal symptoms – Symptoms may form if someone with a physical dependency to hydrocodone goes long enough without a dose. Withdrawal symptoms can be so uncomfortable that they encourage users to do whatever it takes to consume more of the substance. Common withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone include intense cravings, diarrhea, depression, insomnia, excessive sweating, agitation, irritability, nausea, vomiting, intense pain, fever, hallucinations, chills and shivering.
  • Physical problems – Long-term hydrocodone abuse is linked to several physical consequences, including hearing loss, shallow breathing, respiratory failure, loss of consciousness, liver disease and failure, seizure, coma and death
  • Psychological problems – Severe mental health problems can come from long-term chronic hydrocodone abuse, such as depression and anxiety disorder. Many hydrocodone addicts with co-occurring mental health problems like depression and anxiety will abuse other substances to relieve the symptoms of their mental health problems.
  • Addiction – Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of hydrocodone abuse is the severe risk of addiction. Addiction can damage every aspect of life, lead to severe physical consequences and cause or worsen mental health issues. Addiction often breaks relationships, reduces job performance and leads to unemployment, financial ruin, criminal behavior, arrests, jail time, large fines and even homelessness.

Hydrocodone is a powerful substance that requires professional treatment to break free from. Treatment at a licensed rehab facility can provide the most beneficial recovery results that allow addicts to experience healthy lives in recovery.

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