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Vicodin. How It Starts?

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To manage pain, doctors prescribe vicodin to tens of millions of Americans each year. The medication combines two different drugs hydrocodone, a powerfully addictive painkiller, and acetaminophen, a non-steroidal pain reliever. Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller, and may cause intense feelings of pleasure and relaxation. The weaker (and less addictive) of the two, acetaminophen can damage the liver in larger doses. The combination relieves pain–and creates pleasure.

Sometimes, patients will find themselves turning to vicodin for non-medical reasons–and will become addicted. In other cases, addiction may be the result of pure recreational use. Either way, the trajectory of prescription medication addiction takes a similar path.

At first, you or your loved one may find the drug helps with tuning out daily stress and unhappiness. But as addiction takes hold, vicodin begins to take control of your life. Eventually, you might come to prioritize your dependency over your responsibilities and relationships, stealing, lying, and otherwise acting unethically to obtain more.

If this sounds familiar, you are likely in the grip of a vicodin addiction. We can help.

The first step is diagnosis.

We invite you to take our test –and determine whether or not you’ve got an issue. If you do, read on, and consider contacting us to guide you through steering your life back to normal.

Vicodin Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Effects

  1. Slows heart rate and breathing.
  2. Lightheadedness, nausea.
  3. Blocks the brain’s pain receptors.
  1. Causes drowsiness.
  2. Cvomiting, seizures.

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Slows heart rate and breathing.

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Lightheadedness, nausea.

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Blocks the brain’s pain receptors.

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Causes drowsiness.

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Cvomiting, seizures.

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If you’re suffering from substance abuse as well as an underlying mental disorder, some of this probably already sounds familiar. Virtually everyone dealing with addiction has some kind of underlying problem that contributes to their relationship with substances and addiction. It might be something less serious, such as work-related stress, or it could be a serious problem such as clinical depression, which requires treatment in the form of therapy, medication, or both.

So how do you know if your struggles with substance abuse, or the struggles of your loved one, are linked to another disorder? Although you can review your own symptoms to see whether they match up with a common diagnosis, trying to diagnose yourself with information gathered from the Internet or from friends is usually not ideal. Ultimately, only a professional can properly diagnose you to determine whether you’re suffering from a disorder in addition to your struggle with addiction.

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone. But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t be amount to effective treatment.

Understanding your dual diagnosis is especially important so that you can determine the course of your recovery. Dealing with multiple diagnoses may make your situation appear dire or even hopeless, but it never is–help is available, and recovery is possible.

Know that it’s absolutely critical that you or your loved one provide all available information with any doctors or therapists who’ll be assisting in your treatment and recovery. If only one of your diagnoses is treated, but the other is left unresolved, it’s much less likely that your recovery will be lasting and complete. Your dual diagnoses (or co-occurring disorders) are not two separate problems that can be dealt with one at a time: they’re inextricably linked, and working with one will help you to solve the other.

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