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An addiction recovery or drug rehab program can begin to heal what has become a devastating scourge of prescription overdose death and addictions. Hydrocodone related overdoses and deaths have spiked dramatically over the past decade and a half. Often taken for pain relief, people have sought greater doses for the euphoric and short term relief effect the medication provides. Medical professionals, aware of the tendency for an opioid type drug to create dependency, have been more cautious in their prescriptions. Nevertheless, the risk exists to become addicted and dependent upon hydrocodone and other drugs like it including oxycodone.

All addictions, including the addiction to hydrocodone, are treatable and this page details some of the dangers and ways to receive treatment. Action Recovery Group of Ogden treats addiction to hydrocodone and other prescription drugs. The Action Recovery Group’s rehab center for alcohol and drug addictions is ready to help you and your loved one struggling with the insidious addiction to hydrocodone and other drugs. Call 1 (801) 475-HOPE to begin the process of freedom from drug dependency today!

Understanding Addiction with Hydrocodone

In the classification of drugs called “opiates,” hydrocodone is used primarily as a pain relief medication.  It comes in varying strengths as prescribed by a physician and is meant for short term use and as directed. It is sometimes substituted for NSAIDS especially when the risk of bleeding ulcers is severe with chronic pain sufferers. Other uses for hydrocodone include persistent cough, head, back, and neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and after-surgery pain relief.

As an opiate, hydrocodone also falls into the classification for drugs made of codeine and thebaine. US government and pharmaceutical regulations prohibit hydrocodone to be dispensed in its pure component form. Thus there may be literally thousands of medications where hydrocodone is a constituent drug including as processed with the very common over-the-counter pain relief medication, acetaminophen. Also processed with aspirin, hydrocodone becomes an almost common medication in use today.

Some of the brand names for highly concentrated forms of hydrocodone as the main ingredient include these:

  • Lortab
  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Lorcet
  • Anexia

Dangers, Tolerance, and Dependence

Because of its opiate makeup, hydrocodone and opioid derived drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and dependency. High dosages can lead to a buildup of tolerance requiring even higher or increased doses. This dependency effect has led to overdoses and even death, especially when combined with other central nervous system depressants. Alcohol is chief among the dangerous combinations people commonly pursue to dull pain or achieve a sense of euphoria the drug may temporarily produce.

Using the medication according to directions lessens the chance of hydrocodone abuse, addiction, and dependency.  With addiction a professional drug rehab program, counseling, and compassionate therapy supply the regime needed to be free again. The Action Recovery Group provides critical assistance in overcoming hydrocodone addiction.

Long Term Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms of Hydrocodone Abuse

Depressants such as hydrocodone slow down the body’s functions in the brain and vital internal organs. Too much of a suppression in any organ can cause dependency and even death.

The main long term effect of hydrocodone use is the addiction both physiologically, mentally, and emotionally.  Living with pain causes a behavior all of its own. It is understandable that pain limits us, invades our peace, impacts relationships, and messes with our employment. Most people will do anything to avoid pain, and to simply be free and function normally again. This is why hydrocodone may create an insidious addiction without the user ever planning to become trapped in the addiction cycle.

The Action Recovery Group of Ogden is sympathetic to hydrocodone addiction; as one of the most common addictions treated by us.

Some of the unintended consequences of taking hydrocodone medications include damage to the internal organs, dependency, and severe withdrawal symptoms prompting the user to crave more. These symptoms and effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Liver and Kidney Damage
  • Tolerance build-up
  • Dependence
  • Addiction
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Respiratory Failure

Becoming addicted to any drug is a mentally depressing situation to be in. Freeing the mind and body of substance addictions requires strong professional drug and alcohol type treatment rehab and programs.

Treatment for hydrocodone addiction at the Action Recovery Group is based upon a time-tested and highly effective approach to prescription drug abuse. We provide the most effective drug rehab program in the State of Utah for withdrawal and freedom from hydrocodone over-use.  We offer the hope that comes from dealing effectively with the issues underlying the overuse and abuse of hydrocodone. Call us at 801-475-HOPE today!