Hydrocodone Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment
Medically reviewed byIsaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC
February 12, 2019
Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller that has high abuse potential. A narcotic drug in the opiate family, hydrocodone is used for the treatment of severe pain. Oftentimes these drugs are crushed into a powder and snorted, or mixed with a liquid and injected, giving the user a euphoric rush or high.
The potential for prescription opioid abuse is increasing every day; with each new opioid that hits the market, there are those who will either become addicted without meaning to and there will be those who abuse it on purpose. No matter what regulations and precautions are taken, people will find a way to get around them. Thus, the best thing you can do is educate yourself and know how to take action when yourself or a loved one falls prey to addiction.
When taken as prescribed, hydrocodone can offer relief from pain. Unfortunately, when it is taken in a higher dose than prescribed or taken to get high, the following effects can happen.
- slowed heart rate
- a headache
- blurred vision
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Because hydrocodone is a strong pain-killer, long-term effects can happen in a shorter period than most people expect. As people develop a tolerance to this drug, they begin to take more and more of it, resulting in hazardous effects:
- muscle and bone pain
- respiratory arrest
Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment
Depending on how severe your addiction is and how long you’ve been struggling with it, doctors will suggest inpatient rehab for more difficult addictions and outpatient for those who have recently developed drug-abusing tendencies. Because hydrocodone is a narcotic and an opiate, the treatment for addiction is similar to that of heroin and other prescription painkillers. Detoxification, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and support from both doctors, psychologists, and other addicts are the main components to treating your addiction.
Many rehabs will also suggest that recovering addicts also continue their path to clean living by residing in a sober community, where they co-inhabit with others facing the same problem and a housing counselor to watch over them. Other doctors may suggest attending weekly recovery meetings, where addicts can meet and socialize with others like them. This allows friendships of support and understanding to form, making it more likely for the addict to stay clean in the long run.
If you or a loved one are facing an addiction to hydrocodone, contact us today to find a personalized addiction treatment.