Resisting pain and craving pleasure is human nature, therefore, many of us take pills to cope with our pain. Sometimes these pills end up causing us pain of another kind: addiction.

Every year there are more than 40,000 causalities in the U.S. due to Vicodin overdose. Out of them, about 400 die. These numbers are from the FDA and are in no way an exaggeration.

Narcotic pain pill addiction is an ugly truth. Even as the DEA leaves no stone unturned to put an end to illegal drug trafficking; a similar problem is mushrooming everywhere under cover as legal prescriptions.

Vicodin is a narcotic pill that provides pain relief. This could be mild pain or that arising from the last stage of terminal cancer. Vicodin comprises of paracetamol and hydrocone, and is available under various names, such as Norco, Anexia, Dolacet, Lortab, Zydone, and Analor.

Although paracetamol is a mild, non-steroidal drug; hydrocone is derived from opiates. The latter is highly addictive. Since paracetamol is used to treat diseases like cold and flu; Vicodin is also prescribed to treat severe cough.

Vicodin Slang Terms:

  • vics
  • vikes
  • vitacin
  • vita

Vicodin Side Effects

Vicodin causes nausea, dizziness, twitching in muscles and even seizures. It reduces the libido.  Vicodin also damages the excretory system. Most patients on Vicodin experience significant reduction in urination. They complain about irritation in the terminal end of the alimentary canal.  The prescription pain killer, Vicodin, causes mental disorders such as euphoria and even hallucination. Vicodin damages the liver, and it may cause jaundice and heavy fatigue.

The narcotic pain killer, Vicodin, is a Scheduled III drug that is available only on the prescription of a certified and registered medical practitioner. However, any addict can find loopholes in the system. No person and no law can really stop individuals from acquiring prescription drugs. Nobody can do that except the addict himself or herself. In a well known case, a certain addict visited as many as 20 doctors to obtain Vicodin prescriptions. It’s not uncommon for addicts to lie about their identity during these doctor shopping sprees.

Doctors generally prescribe Vicodin to deal with severe chronic pain, such as that caused by migraine. Regular dosage makes the body dependent on Vicodin. If you do not deal with this problem from the start, Vicodin addiction is easily initiated. If a pregnant or nursing woman is addicted to Vicodin, her child is most likely to be dependent on it, as well. The thought of a neonate suffering from withdrawal symptoms is frightening.

Narcotic pain pill addiction is in no way different from addiction to cocaine or amphetamines. Only that it is easier to obtain prescription drugs than to hunt down coke on the streets. Prescribed or illegal; dope is dope. It destroys you and your life. It destroys the life of those you love. As an addict, you stand to lose money, family, your identity and your life.

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

Vicodin withdrawal symptoms start showing up within 10 hours of not taking a dosage.  The intensity of the symptoms increases each day without the drug. These symptoms do not subside for several weeks. However, the duration of withdrawal symptoms varies in different individuals.

Prescription pain pill withdrawal symptoms generally include aches all over the body and nausea. Most people suffer from vomiting and severe stomach ache. A few subjects also experience nervine weakness and insomnia. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms are also characterized by drowsiness, watery eyes, running nose, increased heart rate and fever. The person suffering from Vicodin addiction may experience depression, euphoria and nervousness.

In cases of babies whose mothers have been abusing Vicodin during pregnancy or nursing; withdrawal symptoms include constant crying, severe vomiting and fever.

Treating Vicodin Addiction

When treating Vicodin addiction, you are not only fighting your body but also your mind.  Vicodin addiction leads to physical, as well as psychological dependence.  When trying to overcome Vicodin dependence, it is necessary to take action as soon as possible.

You must become mentally strong. Help groups and counselors can be sought. The urge to take prescription pain pills
comes and goes like tides. These urges do not last for more than a few minutes. Though while they last, they are overwhelming.

If your Vicodin addiction is severe, you may need to consider using the services of a specialized narcotic pain killer addiction treatment center.  Discuss your problem with your loved ones. Ask them for moral support.  More than likely, they will help you find the best prescription drug rehab center to help treat your addiction.

At these pain pill addiction treatment centers, trained medical professionals will help you detox from addictive narcotic pills.   Once the body has been freed from the physical dependence of the drug, then comes the time to treat the mind.  Pain pill addiction treatment centers provide individual and group counseling to teach you the skills you need to live a life free from prescription drug addiction.

Taking the first step and asking for help is the hardest part.  Narcotic pain killer addiction does not make you a weak person, and help from an addiction treatment center could save your life.

If you or someone you care about needs help with Vicodin addiction, please call (877) 710-6074. All calls are confidential.

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