Hydrocodone is the generic name for a strong prescription pain medication that is prescribed for patients in severe pain due to injury, surgery, or disease. It is an opioid that is derived from codeine. Even though this medicine is prescribed by your doctor, there is still a danger of becoming addicted to it because it is habit forming. Addiction to hydrocodone and prescription painkillers often occurs when a patient does not take the medication as prescribed by his or her doctor. Increasing the dosage and taking the medication more often than prescribed is considered abuse. It does not take long before a physical and psychological dependence can develop with an addictive substance like hydrocodone.

Unfortunately, many people become addicted to hydrocodone or other prescription painkillers after an injury or surgery.  When they can no longer get legal prescriptions from their doctors they end up turning to the streets to try to purchase them illegally to fill the need. On the street, hydrocodone is known as Hydro, Narco, and Vikes. (Vikes refers to Vicodin, which is a brand name of hydrocodone.) If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of dependency or addiction to hydrocodone, call us at Cornerstone Recovery Center. Our knowledgeable staff and counselors can immediately put a plan into motion to start getting you some help. It is also important to note that you should not stop taking hydrocodone “cold turkey”. A doctor or addiction medicine specialist needs to oversee the process to stop taking prescription medication to avoid potentially harmful side effects.

Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

Prolonged use of hydrocodone results in some very negative impacts on your health, including: nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, anxiety, itching, and rash. More serious side effects can include slowed heart rate, irregular breathing, chest tightness and a general sick feeling.  It is also possible to overdose on hydrocodone.

There are several telltale signs that let you know if you or a loved one is having a problem with prescription painkillers. If you have tried to stop taking the medication and could not without feeling sick, that is an immediate cause for concern. Here are 10 signs or symptoms of hydrocodone addiction:

  1. Taking more pills than prescribed or taking your regular dosage more often than prescribed.
  2. Requesting more frequent refills than should be needed based on the prescribed amount and frequency.
  3. Asking more than one doctor to prescribe hydrocodone to you.
  4. Taking additional hydrocodone pills or other medications to try to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  5. Lying about taking hydrocodone or other prescription medication.
  6. Spending a great deal of money on hydrocodone.
  7. Thinking about hydrocodone for most of the day.
  8. Continued use of hydrocodone despite realizing the harmful effects.
  9. Change in social activities and loss of interest in hobbies and the things you liked doing.
  10. Mood swings and other odd behavior.

Hydrocodone Addiction Help in South Florida at Cornerstone Recovery Center

At Cornerstone Recovery Center, our expert and understanding staff is here to help. We understand that addiction to prescription painkillers can affect anyone. We offer recovery programs that are customized to your needs and your schedule. We also have case workers, court liaisons, and an (ASAP) Alternative Sentencing Assistance Program.  If you would like to learn more about our South Florida facilities, call Cornerstone Recovery Center at 888-711-0354 or contact us online.