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Vicodin Addiction Stories

Like any number of Americans taking prescription pills like Vicodin, it is often perplexing when pain management transitions to addiction. In many regards, it is possible to draw a direct comparison between the number of Vicodin pills doled out annually and the increasing number of Vicodin addiction stories that go so badly awry.

To understand how the same substance that produces euphoria conversely leads to a life devoid of freedom and joy, one addict refers to it as the “insanity” that forced him to seek treatment.  “I felt hopeless and was unable to ask for help. I did not want to let anyone know how miserable I really was” Mark said.  Nevertheless, until he got into a treatment program, he continued getting high in an effort to dispel the despair that drug use was creating.  During the treatment process, according to Mark, that’s where his journey to freedom truly began. Read more about Mark’s Vicodin addiction story in out addiction stories page.

Vicodin is a powerful drug that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen and one of the most commonly prescribed opiate painkillers in America today. Most recent data reveal that more than 131 million doses of this drug was dispensed in 2011. Many non-medical users say they begin consuming this drug because Vicodin produces a sense of calm and well-being. This hypnotic effect paired with the addictive potential of hydrocodone stimulate the desire for repeated use of this drug which leads to dependence and the behavior that eventually hijack people’s lives.  

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the consequences of prescription drug abuse has been dramatically increasing.  Of most concern, according to NIDA scientists, is the growing use of Vicodin among young people.  Studies show at least 52 million youths age 12 and older are engaging in nonmedical use of drugs like Vicodin.  The most recent NIDA Monitoring the Future survey indicate that 1 in 12 high school seniors reported nonmedical use of Vicodin in 2010.  

The danger of the rise in the use of this drug is the misconception that because it is a prescription medication the danger is less than it is with other illicit substances.  As such, many people stay beneath the radar never really believing that they need treatment. Others chose to subject themselves to an internal exile as their strategy for coping with the progressive suffering caused by addiction.  Sadly, many individuals steeped in a sense of hopelessness continue increasing the dosage to lethal amounts because of the misconception that recovery efforts are futile.  For those fortunate people like Mark who, out of desperation, find their way into a treatment center, are often surprised to discover the joy, happiness and freedom that chronic drug use has stolen from their lives.    

According to the NIDA, one in five teenagers in high school has reported trying Vicodin despite warnings about the danger of addiction and the potential for a drug overdose. Unfortunately, a percentage of these teens will become dependent and addicted to this drug.  In the event that Vicodin becomes unavailable to them, the natural progression is to make the transition to another equally toxic substance in order to feed the addiction.

People that have developed an addiction to Vicodin need drug intervention treatment to stop the abuse.  While the National Institute on Drug Abuse continues to issue warnings, conduct research and develop effective treatment models, it often depends on the one-on-one interaction with loved ones to identify an addiction or the onset of one.  Drug interventions that get people into treatment programs save lives.  Knowing the signs of addiction is also essential to determine when it is necessary to stage one.  

Signs of Vicodin abuse or addiction may be indicated if:

  • The individual is seeking out alternate sources for Vicodin other than the original prescribing physician.
  • The drug is still being taken after the medical condition for the prescription has been resolved.
  • The individual is using drugs that was never prescribed for them.
  • The number of pills being taken is gradually increasing or is reaching unsafe levels.
  • Continued use of Vicodin despite negative consequences such as the loss of job, disruption in significant relationships, mental and physical problems.
  • Changes in behavior such as social withdrawal, general apathy or lack of energy.
  • Discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using Vicodin.

Left untreated, Vicodin addiction can lead to serious consequences including death.  Drug treatment centers offer various evidence-based care options to help stop the abuse, address the root causes of addiction and provide relapse prevention tools and techniques to enable long term sobriety.  

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