Vicodin is a type of opioid, which is a prescription medication used to relieve pain. Vicodin is the most commonly abused prescription medication among young adults and teens, and its prescription drug class, opioids, is the most commonly abused type of prescription medication among drug users of all ages.
Vicodin contains both acetaminophen and hydrocodone, which are two painkillers. Hydrocodone is a type of opioid, and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever. Together, acetaminophen increases the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is often prescribed by doctors to relieve severe pain among patients who have recently undergone surgery.
If a Vicodin prescription is used properly, the medication can be extremely effective in decreasing pain levels. However, if Vicodin is used in high doses, is used without a prescription, or is combined with alcohol or other drugs, it can cause serious health problems and addiction.
Opioids like Vicodin can give a person a relaxed, calm feeling. This is because the chemicals in Vicodin can affect areas of the brain connected to how we perceive pleasure. When Vicodin is abused or taken in high doses, it can increase these effects, resulting in a “high” feeling. This can inevitably result in addiction if the abuse continues.
Treatment for Vicodin Addiction
A person is addicted to Vicodin when they compulsively seek out the drug even when they’re aware of its harmful effects. When a person who is addicted to Vicodin suddenly stops using it, they can experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from restlessness and muscle and bone pain to diarrhea and vomiting. This is why it is important that individuals with a Vicodin addiction seek treatment from qualified medical professionals.
Talbott Recovery provides addiction treatment programs for individuals facing Vicodin addiction. We provide both day treatment and intensive outpatient programs with campuses conveniently located in the Atlanta and Dunwoody, GA areas.
If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for Vicodin addiction, consider Talbott Recovery. We are here to help. Please contact us with any questions you might have.