What is Vicodin Addiction?
Vicodin is one of the more commonly prescribed painkillers, usually given to patients with chronic pains. It is highly addictive and extremely habit-forming. Many people start taking Vicodin under doctor’s orders, but develop a tolerance for the drug and start feeling the urge to take more.
People who take Vicodin usually feel the following effects: dulled thinking, drowsiness, lethargy, mood swings, slow heart rate. People who overdose on Vicodin experience seizures and may even become comatose.
If a person takes Vicodin for a long period of time, they may suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they don’t take their regular dose. Withdrawal symptoms include muscle pain, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, chills, cramps, and restlessness.
Signs of Vicodin Addiction
Asides from the short- and long-term effects mentioned above, people suffering from Vicodin addiction experience certain behavioural signs. Vicodin addicts often use any means necessary to get more drugs. First they lie to their doctor to get more or bigger doses, or maybe they go to multiple doctors to get another description. If that doesn’t work, they steal or “borrow” from whomever they can. If all else fails, they may even resort to buying from the black market.