Hydrocodone Addiction Centers

Hydrocodone addiction centersHydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is commonly prescribed. It is estimated that about 130 million Americans annually receive a prescription for this drug from their doctors each year. There are even more who get their hands on the medication without a prescription. They buy it off the streets, online, take it from friends or family members who have prescriptions or purchase it from illegal underground pharmacies.

Many incorrectly believe that prescription drug addiction is not a real problem since the drugs themselves are not illegal. Whether abusers are obtaining them illegally or have a legitimate prescription from a doctor, drug abuse is still a problem. It’s important that individuals using hydrocodone recognize the signs of addiction so they can seek the help that is available to them.

Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction

Addiction can occur whether you were prescribed medication by a doctor or you’re obtaining your hydrocodone illegally. It’s important to recognize the following signs of hydrocodone addiction:

  • You take hydrocodone in a method that hasn’t been recommended. This can include crushing and snorting the drugs when they should be taken orally.
  • You take a higher dose than your doctor has prescribed.
  • You visit more than one doctor in order to get multiple prescriptions or you go to the emergency room to get more hydrocodone.
  • You get some of your supply from relatives or friends with legitimate medications.
  • You buy them off the streets.
  • You hoard your supply of hydrocodone to ensure you never run out.

Abuse of some drugs and alcohol is obvious, but hydrocodone abuse or other opiate addictions can be harder to detect. If you suspect hydrocodone addiction in someone that you know, the withdrawal symptoms when they miss a dose may be an indication.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Individuals who are abusing hydrocodone will experience the following symptoms when they stop using the drug because their bodies have come to depend on it:

  • Digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea
  • Feelings of anxiety with no trigger for them
  • Tremors or shakes
  • Body pain especially in the bones and joints
  • Bone and joint pain or soreness throughout the body

Withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone typically last about three to five days. While side effects can also surface from drug use, when symptoms last this long, it’s clear that addiction has occurred.

Hydrocodone Addiction Help

If you’re suffering from hydrocodone addiction, give us a call for different drug addiction rehabilitation options available; we can help you get the help you require.