Hydrocodone is one of the most frequently prescribed painkillers. Most people know it as Vicodin. This drug combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen for high-level pain relief.

This prescription opioid has a high potential for abuse and addiction. This is true whether it is obtained from a doctor or by illicit means.

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid.This means that it was created with chemical and natural ingredients.

Synthetic opioids are designed to mimic the effects of fully-natural opiates.


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Hydrocodone Abuse

Because of the high-level pain relief it provides, hydrocodone is easy to abuse. You may receive a prescription after a medical or dental surgery, an accident, or an injury.

Hydrocodone prescriptions are for short-term relief. They are never meant for long-term use.

But persistent pains may lead you to seek more after your prescription has run out. Or your body may build a tolerance or become addicted to the feelings it produces.

These things can happen in a short amount of time.

Many people assume that you must abuse a substance for a long time to become addicted. With hydrocodone, that is not the case.


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Hydrocodone Addiction Symptoms

Hydrocodone changes the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. This is true for other opiates, too. And this is not something that medical professionals take lightly.

Hydrocodone is generally only prescribed for severe, persistent pain. This includes pains that are unresponsive to other options. Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, and codeine are the most common prescription pain relievers.

If you are addicted to hydrocodone pills, chances are good that you know it already. But some hydrocodone dependence symptoms are harder to interpret than others.

There are some subtle signs that you are addicted to hydrocodone. One clear sign is impaired decision-making abilities. It may also affect your moods.

Another is that you have prioritized hydrocodone use over your responsibilities or relationships. You may also notice that you have had to increase your doses.


This becomes necessary to achieve the original effects and avoid withdrawal symptoms.


Side Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse

Prescription opioids can cause a wide range of effects on your brain and body. Short-term, they relieve pain and make you feel more relaxed. They may also help you sleep. Beyond these short-term effects, the long-term side effects of hydrocodone abuse are troubling:

• Drowsiness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Blurred vision
• Confusion
• Itchy skin
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Slurred speech
• Slowed breathing that may lead to hypoxia (with too little oxygen reaching the brain, hypoxia can cause severe short and long-term psychological and neurological effects)
• Coma, brain damage, and death may occur from an overdose or hypoxia

Prescription opioid abuse and addiction are also linked to heroin use. Heroin is an illicit opioid that produces similar effects but is much more potent.

In many places, heroin is also easier to access. And in some places, it is more affordable than prescription opioids, too. Withdrawing from a drug as strong as hydrocodone can be scary, but the alternative is much worse. And when you seek treatment in a facility like ours, your withdrawal will be much more tolerable.

You will be free from distractions, temptations, and the pains of withdrawal. Our medical detox eliminates many of the barriers you may have faced in early sobriety on your own. Come put relapses and withdrawal pains behind you


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Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

We know opioids to be addictive. Hydrocodone is no exception. With regular use, it gets progressively harder to stop. Quitting on your own may lead to troubling withdrawal symptoms and cravings. These side effects are often enough to lead to relapse.

When addiction starts with a prescription, it can also be hard to admit that you have a problem. Drug abuse is easy to ignore if it started with something your doctor recommended.

If you are looking for confirmation, there are many warning signs to look out for. One of the biggest warning signs is that you experience troubling physical or mental symptoms when you are not taking hydrocodone.

Here are some of the most common opiate withdrawal symptoms:
• Agitation
• Muscle aches
• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Sweating
• Runny nose

As time goes on, the withdrawal symptoms will progress if left untreated:
• Diarrhea
• Dilated pupils
• Abdominal cramps
• Nausea
• Vomiting


Why We Prefer Residential Care

There are many benefits to choosing residential care. One of the most important is that we can help you through the worst of your withdrawal symptoms. In a safe and monitored setting.

This method eases your discomfort and gives you a greater chance of success. Our medications are backed by decades of research and successful use.

Residential care also offers an unmatched level of support. You have access to therapeutic treatment methods from morning to night.

During residential rehab you will take part in therapy sessions, support groups, recreational activities, and more. Also you will enjoy three healthy meals each day. And you will have downtime to reflect, spend time outside, or write letters to loved ones.

This method of care offers the highest levels of support and guidance.

Other Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment Options

After marijuana, misuse of prescription pain relievers is the most common form of illicit drug use in the United States. If you are battling an addiction to hydrocodone or another painkiller, you are not alone. And our hydrocodone addiction treatment program can help.

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects your brain. Your thoughts and behaviors change under an addiction. You act in ways and experience things that you would not have otherwise.

Battling addiction is compulsive and overwhelming. Battling it on your own makes it much more difficult. Our treatment methods are vast and based on proven techniques and methods.

Depending on your addiction and needs, you may be eligible for:

• Residential hydrocodone addiction care (as discussed above)
• Intensive outpatient programs
• Traditional outpatient programs
• Partial hospitalization programs
• Long-term addiction care
• Aftercare planning and services

We will help you choose the best program based on your addiction and needs. Our intake and mental health assessment will help us put you in the right program.

We will guide you through the process from start to finish. Once you make that first phone call, we will walk you through the rest. Often, reaching out the first time can be the hardest part.

We have the tools, knowledge, treatments, and medications you need to make it easier from there.

Cost of Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

Like each of our other treatments, the costs of your hydrocodone addiction care will vary. The length of your stay, the extent of your addiction (do you need detoxes, medical attention, etc.), and other factors will impact the costs.

But your hydrocodone addiction treatment may be covered by your health insurance provider. Call our addiction specialists today to find out.

We will perform a free insurance verification for you. We will also outline alternatives and next steps.


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Emerald Isle Health and Recovery

We built Emerald Isle to be a patient-focused, comprehensive care facility.

Whether you are battling alcoholism, hydrocodone addiction, or a dual diagnosis, we’ve got programs in place that will help.

We offer a wide range of services to suit a wide range of addictions and needs. Each patient we meet is different. Each program we create starts with this in mind.

We offer high-quality, personalized care. Anything else is not enough. Come see what sets Emerald Isle apart from the addiction care centers of the past.