September 21, 2016
This post covers the following information. The post will cover the primary signs and symptoms of an hydrocodone addiction, how to tell if your loved one is addicted and hydrocodone treatment options.
Hydrocodone is a prescription painkilling drug sold under the names ‘Vicodin’, ‘Lorcet’ and ‘Lortab’, in addition to generic versions. Prolonged use of this drug will created a physical dependence upon it. For some individuals this physical dependence leads to a full blown addiction. Spotting an addiction can be tough as prolonged use is not the only sign. Hydrocodone might be legally prescribed for an individual’s chronic pain. Addiction to oxycodone will manifest itself in a complex collection of physiological, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms where abuse of hydrocodone is the hallmark of this condition. There are (3) other main signs of addiction:
Individuals addicted to hydrocodone will display ‘drug-seeking behavior.’ An individual displaying this type of behavior will seem obsessed about obtaining the drug and have noticeable behavioral changes. Satisfying cravings for the drug becomes the central focus of the user’s life driving them to behave in ways they normally would not.
There are physical, psychological and behavioral consequences to hydrocodone abuse. If you or a loved one show changes in any of these areas, there is a possibility they have become addicted. The earlier someone receives help the greater the chance of recovery. Look for the following signs:
The DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders– describes the clinical criteria defining hydrocodone addiction and provides the outline health providers need to identify the magnitude of addiction based on certain symptoms. Hydrocodone is an opioid class of drug, symptoms of addiction to this substance include:
A medically managed hydrocodone detox has shown to be an effective treatment option. Using drugs like Suboxone, methadone or nalterxone which contain buprenorphine significantly increase the chances of a successful hydrocodone addiction rehabilitation. These drugs inhibit hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings therefore decreasing the chances of a relapse.
Combining a medical assisted drug detox and behavioural/psychotherapy will yield the best results. Both physical and physiological dependency issues must be addressed simultaneously in order for hydrocodone addiction treatment to be successful.
There are many ways that someone can help a hydrocodone addict. One of the most effective ways to help is to plan an intervention. Start by researching hydrocodone rehab facilities in your area. During the intervention share personal experience about how the users addiction has negatively impacted not only the user’s life but the lives of the user’s loved ones. Hopefully the addict will have increased awareness as to the consequences of continued hydrocodone use. A recommended model to follow is the CRAFT model. This model is a 12-16 week family counseling method that has shown to increase the chances of motivating an addict to seek help.
Becoming addicted to hydrocodone can happen to anyone because of hydrocodones method of action in the brain. When the hydrocodone molecule is inside a human’s brain it obstructs the user’s mind from processing pain, both emotional and physical. This is why someone high on hydrocodone will seem euphoric. Over time and prolonged use of hydrocodone a user’s brain chemistry will change. Once addicted a user can get stuck in a cycle of use because of hampered decision making and a low tolerance to pain. Once stuck in this cycle hopefully the user has a support group that pushes them to find treatment for hydrocodone addiction.