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Hydrocodone Addiction
Treatment and Drug Rehab

Recovery from Hydrocodone Addiction Medications containing the ingredient hydrocodone can be highly addictive. In the United States over the past decade there has been a spike in cases of dependency to prescription medications, and a spike in overdose deaths. One of the chief concerns is prescription pain medications, which can contain hydrocodone. Addiction in all of its forms is treatable, and there is help and recovery for hydrocodone addiction. This page goes into more detail to help with understanding hydrocodone addiction, and also the efforts of treating it through a recovery or drug rehab program.

Understanding Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone is an opiate class of drug. It is an effective cough suppressant and analgesic (pain relief medication). Hydrocodone is made up of classifications of opiate, codeine and thebaine. Current US regulations do not allow for pure concentrates of hydrocodone for basic consumption. Hydrocodone is processed in lesser amounts with other medications to make a lesser pain relief medication and cough meds. There are thousands of hydrocodone compounded medications. Commonly hydrocodone is processed with acetaminophen. Two common drugs of this makeup are Vicodin and Lortab. Hydrocodone is also processed with aspirin as is commonly found in ibuprofen and antihistamines.
Brand Names Containing Hydrocodone
  • Lortab®
  • Vicodin®
  • Anexsia®
  • Co-Gesic®

Because of its opioid makeup, hydrocodone can lead to abuse and also addiction. Opiates attach to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system increasing the sensation of euphoria. This is a chief reason for hydrocodone abuse. There is much less of a chance of developing hydrocodone addiction when using according to prescribed methods. Increase of the drug also greatly increases the chance of hydrocodone abuse and the brain developing an addiction to the drug's effects. When it is addiction, oftentimes it can require a professional drug rehab program, counseling and therapy.

Tolerance and Dependence

Like any substance the body can develop a tolerance to hydrocodone. In this case an increase of the drug is needed to feel the same desired effects. Some individuals suffering from an addiction can take an abnormally large amount of pills per day. This is a dangerous practice as it can lead to overdose. A common practice with hydrocodone addiction is coupling the drug with the use of alcoholic beverage. Alcohol amplifies the effects of hydrocodone. This can become a dangerous practice as it can amplify the chance of overdose.

Individuals can develop dependence to hydrocodone and not become addicted. Dependence is when the body has become accustomed to the drug in the system; it is needed for a sense of normal function. Addiction is when the individual develops the uncontrolled compulsion of constantly needing the drug. This is accompanied with changes to the behavior and constant seeking out and using the drug. Dependence is a common symptom of addiction. In both cases, hydrocodone is needed in the system, or the individual will experience episodes of withdrawal.

Long Term Effects from Hydrocodone Addiction

Long-Term Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse
  • Tolerance
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Liver Damage (Acetaminophen)
  • Dependence
  • Addiction
The chief effect of long term hydrocodone use of course is addiction. With addiction the person using the drug has the inability to stop taking the drug. The majority of the time this person will not stop the drug use without intervention and a form of treatment. Addiction can lead to an increase in the levels of hydrocodone use and an increase in the dependency of the drug.

As an opiate, hydrocodone functions as a depressant in the central nervous system. Depressants slow down the functions and the activities of the body and brain. Long-term effects from addiction include low blood pressure, headaches, nausea, constipation and developing tolerance to the drug. The ingredient acetaminophen found in many hydrocodone medications can greatly increase the risk and danger of health problems. An overdose of acetaminophen based drugs can cause severe and threatening liver damage.

Treatment for hydrocodone addiction at Cirque Lodge is based upon a personalized approach to prescription drug abuse. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our residents. We provide the most effective drug rehab program for arresting the disease and providing necessary means of support. Hydrocodone addiction treatment is based upon a 12-step modality at Cirque Lodge. We incorporate into this treatment model a number of individual and support based programs to enhance the 12-step program.

We want to help you or your loved one through a caring and effective drug treatment program. Call us anytime for assistance at 1-877-997-3422.