Vicodin and Addiction to Prescription Pain Medication

Vicodin is a medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Typically, it is used in a medical setting to treat pain. Vicodin is an opioid and, as such, has a high risk of addiction. Not only do opiates like Vicodin create physical dependency. People become mentally addicted to these medications as well, due to the feelings of euphoria experienced when taking them. Addictions to pain medications like Vicodin commonly develop after having received the prescription from a surgery or an injury. For those experiencing acute and/or chronic pain, opioids like Vicodin can calm anxiety, cultivating feelings of relief, relaxation and well-being. If you are or will soon be prescribed to these kinds of medications, it is important to know what to expect in order to use them safely and avoid physical and/or mental dependency. 

Seek Clear Medical Instructions

Prescription medications became a highlight of concern, especially since the outbreak of the opioid crisis. Efforts are continuously being made to help stop this nationwide epidemic of addiction. Misuse of prescription drugs has been the driving force behind the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, this is commonly due to a lack of education around the proper consumption of these medications, as well as potential hazards. If your doctor plans to prescribe pain medication to you, make sure you understand the risks. Ask questions and be clear on your doctor’s medical instructions regarding the medication.  Know exactly how much and how often you should be taking the medication. Seek definitive answers on how long you will be prescribed to the medication and how you’re going to come off them when the time comes.

Be Honest With Your Doctor

Commit to being as honest as possible with your doctor. Share openly about your smoking, drinking and/or drug habits. Doing so will ensure that your doctor is aware of any potential you may have for dependency. Routinely visit your doctor to make sure that you’re still on track, and never take more than what you’ve been prescribed on the bottle.

Seek Support Immediately 

Vicodin and/or opiate addiction can disrupt many areas of your life, and the path often leads to much stronger and deadlier substances. Seeking support as soon as you recognize a potential problem is the best way to avoid long term damage to your life. If you’re ready to seek help for addiction, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.

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