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Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic opioid derived from codeine, which itself is synthesized from poppy seedsIt is a prescription painkiller that is commonly sold under various brand names such as Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab and is prescribed to treat chronic and severe pain. 

Classified as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) due to its addictive nature, experts do not recommend long-term use of hydrocodone. It is available in increments of 2.5 milligrams up to a maximum of 10 milligrams, in the pill or liquid form. Combining it with alcohol or other drugs can be lethal and dangerous. 

People abuse the drug by taking higher dosages than prescribed. Like any other opioid, hydrocodone is also highly addictive and can lead to overdose and even death. According to 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 6.3 million people above the age of 12 years reported misusing hydrocodone or hydrocodone products in the past year. 

Signs and symptoms of hydrocodone abuse

Hydrocodone is highly addictive in nature and the symptoms of its addiction vary from person to person. Some of the common signs of hydrocodone addiction are: 

  • Euphoria
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lightheadedness
  • Swelling of face, throat, or tongue
  • Dry throat
  • Weakness
  • Itchiness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Back pain
  • Respiratory depression
  • Muscle tension
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain

In addition, when hydrocodone is mixed with other drugs, its effects can get exacerbated. For instance, when it is mixed with cannabis, one can develop respiratory distress or coma while depressed breathing and sleepiness can develop by mixing hydrocodone with Xanax. 

Further, frequent abuse of the drug can cause short-term and long-term damage to mental and physical wellbeing. Hydrocodone abuse is similar to that of other opioids like heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. Because the drug is not as strong as others, consumption of higher dose is needed to achieve the same amount of pain relief. Also due to prolonged use, it becomes difficult to treat pain effectively because the body develops a tolerance to the drug. 

Hydrocodone abuse can also lead to overdose and death. Abrupt stoppage of the drug can lead to severe painful withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone abuse include: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Shivers and chills

Hydrocodone addiction treatment

Hydrocodone addiction treatment typically consists of a medically supervised hydrocodone detox treatment program followed by medicine managementtherapy, and counseling sessions. While the detoxification treatment focuses on decreasing drug dependence by gradually flushing out the unwanted substance from the body, continued therapy and counseling sessions help in identifying the key reasons for addiction, offering support through group counseling, and developing effective tools to prevent a relapse. 

Hydrocodone addiction treatment at Adeona Healthcare

Adeona Healthcaredrug addiction rehab center for adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, provides comprehensive treatment programs for mental health illness, teen alcohol or drug addiction, and dualdiagnosis. 

Our treatment programs for hydrocodone addiction take care of the specific needs of the recovering individual, thereby, offering the best chance at a successful recovery. In addition to medications, we also offer therapies like solution-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), increasing the chances of long-term recovery. 

For more information about how we can help your teen overcome their addiction and move forward in life, call our 24/7 helpline 8883799360 and speak to a representative. You can also chat online to a member from our admissions team to understand the various drug addiction programs offered and get a free insurance verification. 

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