Throughout the U.S., Vicodin has become a popular prescription pain reliever for many doctors. And many patients begin using the drug without a proper understanding of its risks and effects.
What is Vicodin?
Vicodin consists of two primary ingredients: hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever in the opioid family. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and other over-the-counter pain relievers. Its role in Vicodin is to multiply the effects of the hydrocodone. Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, and is usually only prescribed for short-term and immediate uses.
The Pathway to Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin is prescribed often and is relatively widespread. Yet many people do not understand the full effects and risks of the drug. Most people take the drug according to their doctor’s instruction for a short amount of time and taper off as directed, leaving them with no lasting effects. However, for may others, the appropriate use of the drug can gradually move to abuse and Vicodin addiction. Instead of tapering off, if you continue to use it, the brain can develop a dependence on it. Still others become addicted without ever having a prescription. Whether they bought it or borrowed the Vicodin from others, the continued recreational use often leads to addiction.
Why Vicodin Addiction Causes Withdrawal Symptoms
As an opioid, Vicodin attaches to the opiate receptors in your brain and body. This is what produces the effects of relaxation and serenity and blocks pain receptors. However, with continued use your body becomes accustomed to the drug and expects it. Once you reach this point of dependency, it can be very difficult to stop using the drug. If you do attempt to quit, you can experience many withdrawal symptoms including:
- Muscle aches
- Dilated pupils
In addition, those addicted to Vicodin may use dozens of pills a day just to maintain a normal feeling. This number of pills can cost hundreds of dollars and wreak havoc on your brain, body and liver.
Safe Vicodin Detox
Stopping your use of Vicodin cold turkey on your own can be dangerous and uncomfortable. At Gallus Detox, we have a trained team of medical professionals who specialize in drug detox and our patients feel safe and cared for in our state-of-the-art facilities. Gallus Detox provides alcohol and drug detox services in Arizona and Texas. If you or your loved one are suffering from Vicodin addiction, alcoholism or other substance abuse and need help, please call us at 855-338-6929 to discuss whether our customized Detox Treatment is the best program for you. Be assured we value your privacy and all your information is kept strictly confidential. Contact Gallus Alcohol and Drug Detox Centers today and take the first step towards rehab and recovery.