It’s hard to believe that some of the prescribed drugs can require such caution, but it is true. The United States is currently facing an extreme opioid epidemic. Opioids once thought to be the world’s answer to pain, are now known to cause much more suffering than they cure. You can barely check the headlines without reading about the opioid crisis and the settlements being made with the pharmaceutical companies who marketed these drugs.
Perhaps you were prescribed Vicodin without being educated about its addiction potential, and now you find yourself unable to put the pills down. You probably didn’t think much of it at first since they were prescribed to you, but a Vicodin addiction is serious. You are not alone, and Vicodin rehab will help you break free from these opioids. If you find that you have a problem with Vicodin, Nashville Treatment Solutions is here to help. We have a full range of programs that allow us to develop individualized treatment plans that leverage a wide range of therapies.
What Is Vicodin?
Vicodin, also known as hydrocodone, is a part of the opioid drug class. Opioids are quite effective at treating pain, but they also create feelings of pleasure. Opioids work by engaging with receptors in the brain to block pain and activate other receptors that produce feelings of euphoria. Over time, most will have to use more and more opioids to achieve the same effect. It is this tolerance and increasing dose that lead to addiction and overdoses. Many who are introduced to opioids by prescription find themselves purchasing opioids illegally to meet their growing needs. Purchasing opioids illegally is even more dangerous than taking them by prescription. Illegal opioids are often cut with other more potent substances, and it is virtually impossible to know the dose you are taking. While medications like Vicodin can have a place in treating acute pain over a short time, long-term use can lead to addiction and find you needing to go to Vicodin rehab.
What Are the Signs of a Vicodin Addiction?
Vicodin, like all other opioids, results in constricted or pinpoint pupils. You will also notice changes in your personality and mood swings. Most who use opioids regularly will alternate between euphoria and agitation. Opioids also result in constipation. If you try to stop taking opioids after you become dependent on them, you will likely experience nausea, diarrhea, sweating, agitation, chills, and more. While there are signs of addiction specific to opioids, other signs of addiction are not substance-specific. So take a look at your use of Vicodin and ask yourself a few questions.
- Are you structuring your schedule and activities around your Vicodin use?
- Are you hiding your Vicodin use from your loved ones?
- Are you lying about your symptoms to get more Vicodin prescribed?
- Have you begun to purchase your Vicodin illegally?
- Are you taking the Vicodin as prescribed, or are you taking it more often?
If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, you’re likely misusing Vicodin and may want to consider Vicodin rehab.
Why Should You Go to Vicodin Rehab?
At Nashville Treatment Solutions, we know how easy it is to become addicted to Vicodin. We understand how opioid addiction can sneak up on you. Our treatment modalities will help you learn to live life without drugs or alcohol.
We believe that everyone is different and requires individualized treatment. Our various outpatient programs will be tailored specifically to you or your loved one. Connect with us today to see how we can best support you and your loved one in the journey to sobriety!