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Hydrocodone is an opioid prescription medication used as a painkiller. It can be prescribed for patients with moderate to severe pain. Since it’s an opioid, it presents an addiction risk if not used as directed by the physician.

Harbor Village Florida offers help to patients who have developed a dependence on hydrocodone. Our treatments include the use of medication, therapy, and evidence-based approaches, which are offered in outpatient, inpatient, and residential programs.

Addiction and Abuse of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone works by binding to the pain receptors in the brain. That blocks or weakens pain signals, reducing the amount of pain felt by a patient. In addition, it causes a euphoric feeling, just like other opiates such as heroin, methadone, and codeine. Acetaminophen, which is another pain reliever, is used to increase its effects.

While hydrocodone is a legal prescription drug, long-term use can result in physical dependency. Signs and symptoms of misuse Include:

  • Overdosing
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Itchy skin
  • Euphoria
  • Diarrhea
  • Slowed pulse

With long-term abuse, more severe symptoms are experienced, and they include:

  • Damage to the liver or kidney
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Altered brain function
  • Mood and thought-pattern changes

A hydrocodone overdose may cause a coma or seizure. Besides the effects on a patient’s physical and mental health, an individual’s social life can also be affected by their dependency on the medication.

If a person develops the following traits, close friends and family should find ways to help them overcome their substance use disorder:

  • They begin taking the drug through snorting or injecting, both of which are not the standard methods of use. Hydrocodone should be taken orally. Other methods are meant to provide quick physical and psychoactive effects, which is an indication of a substance use disorder.
  • The patient keeps demanding to change doctors who are giving them the prescription. The chances are that they want to get more dosage than necessary, which their current doctors are not willing to provide. If asked to explain why they want to change doctors, they may not be able to give a reasonable explanation or get irritated and defensive.

As a patient, you may be able to recognize you have a substance use disorder if:

  • You crave the medication even when you’re not in pain. This means that your body is becoming used to the euphoric effects, which can prompt you to take the drug in larger doses when not needed.
  • Each time you try to stop using the prescription, you suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as troubled sleep, anxiety, irritability, and excessive sweating.

Fortunately, the side effects of hydrocodone misuse can be controlled by sticking to your prescription. If you no longer need the drug to manage your pain, your doctor can help you quit using it. 

Get the Help You Need

Are you unable to control your use of hydrocodone? Harbor Village can help. Give us a call today on 855-767-8285 to talk to one of our addiction treatment specialists about your concerns. You can also take a virtual tour of our center to see the various amenities that we have in place for the treatment, comfort, and privacy of our patients.

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