The epidemic surrounding opioid addiction is growing by the number each day. People are losing family and friends left and right and it all starts with a loss of self. The number of people with access to Vicodin has nearly quadrupled within the last 10 years. Do you suspect a loved one is suffering from Vicodin addiction? These Vicodin abuse signs can help you know for sure.
There are many different signs to look for when it comes to Vicodin addiction.
A “very” common one to look for is fatigue or extreme drowsiness. When someone is abusing Vicodin they may become overly tired. When this happens you may notice that it usually happens at certain points during the day or after certain situations or events. This person may be doing what’s called “nodding out”. Some addicts will either nod out when they are trying to focus on something or mid conversation. This also common when they are sitting idle.
They may also have to take more and more Vicodin just to feel the effects because they have built up a tolerance against it. This causes the addict to become more consumed with the drug. Every thought and action will revolve around getting the drug by any means necessary.
Once addicts’ thoughts have been consumed by a drug, motivation for life goes out the window. They lose all desire to do anything else in life that doesn’t pertain to getting the drug or using the drug.
Losing jobs, families, and friends is also a red flag that something is going on. Losing their life will have no affect on them because they are consumed by the drug.
Addicts will start to seek out like-minded people and completely sever the relationships they have in their life.
They will become more reserved and isolated. Secrecy will start to have an effect in their life. This causes most addicts to become a completely different person than you once knew.
Essentially, Vicodin addicts live a double life. To keep the facade of their life going, they will do just about anything.
“Doctor shopping” is also another sign to look out for. If someone is constantly switching doctors and getting prescriptions that should raise a red flag in your mind. An addict will go from doctor to doctor to get each of them to write the prescription for Vicodin. The excuses are endless and well thought out, so you have to be careful not to get manipulated.
When an addict isn’t able to get what they want, mood shifts occur very rapidly. They become more irritable quicker than usual with no real reason as to why. A key reason to why this happens is the person is going through withdrawal. With withdrawal, certain symptoms are present that make it easy to recognize it.
Some symptoms of Vicodin abuse and withdrawal are vomiting, tremors, diarrhea, nausea, fainting, memory problems, slurred speech, liver damage, and itching. There are other Vicodin abuse signs, but these are the main symptoms that are present with a Vicodin addiction.
When you notice Vicodin addiction symptoms in a person, don’t just notice them, help them. Try and recognize their patterns if you can.
People are creatures of habit. Addicts are no different. The only thing that may be different is that an addict will become very creative and go out of their way to get what they want and to keep their perfect persona together.
Catching Vicodin abuse signs early on is always the best, but it’s not always feasible. When symptoms are too far gone, the addict has a greater chance of going through withdrawal, which makes the symptoms worse. Withdrawal should never be a reason someone doesn’t want to get help though. There are many different solutions that can be looked into for treatment purposes.
The first step to getting better is to admit you have a problem and express the desire to want to change. Once you hit rock bottom, you will know. Everything, and I mean everything, in your life will become unmanageable.
When it’s been decided that enough is enough, the next step is to rid the body of all the toxins that were put into your body. This is known as detox. Detox is a major reason many people don’t get clean. They don’t want to go through the withdrawal and be in pain. When detox is handled properly by a licensed physician, detox can be an extremely smooth transition from addiction to recovery that is nearly painless.
During the detox process, you are returning your body back to its original state before the drugs and your body will not be happy with you at the time. Some people experience joint and muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, just to name a few. While your body physically heals it is also time to think about healing your mental and emotional states of being. You have to completely change your way of thinking in order to give yourself another chance at life.
Recovery is best handled by a licensed professional in a structured environment. Most people go to treatment programs that last at least 60 days and can go to 180 days or longer depending on the program. In these settings, it is important to work on your coping skills and changing your way of thinking so you can become a productive part of society.
Addiction treatment facilities also have great support systems in place while you are there. They’ll also set you up for outpatient and aftercare services when the program is over to help stop a potential relapse. In treatment programs, they can teach you how to cope better with life through therapy sessions, pain management, medication management, and dual diagnosis in case there is an underlying disorder.
If you or someone you know needs help with Vicodin addiction, please reach out. Get some help. There’s nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. There are many people out there who need help, so there’s no need to feel bad or less than ordinary. There are many different treatment options for addiction that will put you on the road to recovery to live a better life.
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