Many people have found themselves struggling with
an addiction to the prescription drug Vicodin. Prescribed as a pain
reliever, Vicodin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs
because patients do not take it exactly as the doctor intends it to be
taken. When used according to instructions, it can be a very effective
analgesic to help relieve pain.
Prolonged use of Vicodin can lead to addiction
because the body builds up a tolerance to the drug requiring more and
more in order to produce the same effect. It takes over the brain's
normal pleasure and motivational systems making the need for the drug
Vicodin produces a euphoric feeling, relaxing both
the body and the mind. People with an addiction to Vicodin are often in
denial that they have a problem. They rationalize their use by saying
things like "I'm just taking it for the pain" or "The doctor said I
could take a few extra if I needed to".
As with other drugs, there are plenty of Vicodin
users who don't get hooked on the medication, but true addicts will
give themselves away by getting frantic when their supply starts
running low. They will desperately look for ways to replenish their
supply, such as by lying about physical problems in order to get a
Vicodin addicts feel that they can't function
without the drug. Even though the pain has subsided, Vicodin produces
an effect in them that they feel they cannot live without. People
suffering from Vicodin addiction eventually find themselves going to
outside sources such as drug dealers to obtain the pills and will often
go to great lengths to maintain their supply.
Addiction to the drug Vicodin is often seen as
less serious than an addiction to illegal street drugs because it is
prescribed by a physician. Also, because Vicodin is not seen as causing
the same life-altering problems as other drugs, people who are addicted
to Vicodin don't think they need to seek help for their problem.
However, the long-term effects of the drug on a persons life and health
can be serious, and it is quite possible for an addict to die from a
Overcoming Vicodin addiction can be difficult. The
detoxification process can be painful, and Vicodin addicts need to go
through the same sort of counselling and behaviour modification
therapies as do other drug addicted persons.
Freedom from Vicodin certainly is possible though.
The first step for a Vicodin addict is admitting that there is a
problem and seeking help.
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