Vicodin is often prescribed for pain and contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. An opioid, Vicodin is at high risk for addiction and dependence – and it works by changing our perceptions on pain as well as our emotional responses to it. Vicodin can create feelings of euphoria for many people, which is where it brings a strong pull towards dependence. For many people, Vicodin addiction stems from their prescription they’ve been given after having a surgery; Dr. Laurence Westreich, an associate professor at New York University, told CBS News, “Some people have chronic pain and opioids feel good. They help with anxiety – a lot of people say they give a general feeling of well-being.”
The opioid crisis sparked major concern amongst many people given prescription medications, but it’s not just the fact that they’re prescriptions that make drugs like Vicodin so dangerous. Oftentimes, it’s the misuse of prescription drugs that takes people towards a place of addiction. If you or a loved one have been prescribed Vicodin, keep the following tips in mind:
- Outline expectations with your doctor regarding how much you should be taking, how long you plan to be taking them and how you’re going to come off them when that time comes.
- Share your medical history with your doctor – such as smoking, drinking and drug habits, so they’re aware of your potential for drug dependency.
- Maintain regular follow-ups with your doctor, and never take more than what you’ve been prescribed on the bottle.
- Ask questions of your doctor if you feel you’re being given more/stronger medication that what you feel you really need.
Vicodin addiction can disrupt many areas of a person’s life, and the sooner that person seeks treatment, the better. If you’ve been struggling with Vicodin dependency, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.