Prescription drug abuse, especially of opioid drugs, is an epidemic in the United States. Vicodin may be one of the most popularly abused drugs nationwide, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In fact, the DEA estimated that 5 million people over the age of 12 were abusing Vicodin in 2013. At The PAC Program drug rehab center in Prescott, we have proven substance abuse treatment methods so you can overcome an addiction to Vicodin.
Vicodin, sometimes sold as Lortab, Lorcet, Norco, or Vicoprofen, is a narcotic with high abuse potential, often prescribed for severe pain. Vicodin is made up of two parts: hydrocodone, which is a synthetic opioid, and acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol (in Vicoprofen, ibuprofen is used instead of acetaminophen). Taken in pill form, Vicodin induces deep relaxation and a very pleasant “high,” along with pain relief. However, the effects of Vicodin begin to wear off with repeated use, meaning the user will require more and more pills to achieve the same effect, and eventually physical dependence takes hold. Vicodin addiction doesn’t happen overnight, though. It creeps up slowly on unsuspecting people, often patients who originally had a legitimate prescription for the drug.
Addiction takes hold when the addict resorts to high-stakes gambling, trying to buy Vicodin on the street; in some cases, they may resort to theft, forging prescriptions, or even go “doctor shopping” in an attempt to get more pills. In the most serious cases, victims will intentionally self-inflict severe injuries to procure more Vicodin. This is no way to live, and it’s not a reflection of your true self. We are here to help you fight your addiction and return to your roots, free of substance interference.
The harmful effects of Vicodin can even be experienced when used as prescribed. With sustained abuse of Vicodin, addicts are even more likely to experience:
Addiction is not a one-way street, and the actions of the addict often affect more than just the person using/abusing Vicodin. In addition, these behaviors impact their loved ones and pets, even their employer or employees; essentially, anyone who is in direct and constant contact with an addict will feel the effects. This can lead to alienation, even a loss of relationships. The addict may lose their job, custody of their children and, as their life continues to deteriorate, they will become isolated, lack funds, and lose their sense of purpose. For many, the only reason life seems appealing is getting the next “high.”
While it may be difficult to accept that you are addicted to a substance, it can be even more difficult to recognize the addiction in the first place. It takes introspection to see and admit that Vicodin has become a staple in your daily life and that you are now craving the drug more and more. If you have a compulsive urge to take Vicodin, you have a substance abuse problem requiring drug rehab. This is particularly true if you have taken risky measures to obtain more of the drug without a valid prescription.
Help for Young Male Vicodin Addicts in Prescott
Our compassionate staff will help guide you through the process of kicking your addiction. You will, of course, have challenging moments or days on your path to recovery. Getting prescription drug treatment is no easy task because it’s tough to break an addiction. Beginning at the time of detox, you might experience intense cravings for Vicodin, which can lead to anxiety and insomnia.
But this isn’t just lip service, many members of the staff at The PAC Program are former addicts, and know firsthand what it’s like to break an addition. Our staff is here to help you see that recovery is possible. We will help you build a support network that you can turn to whenever you face difficulties along your path to sobriety. The PAC Program is a program that focuses strictly on helping young men between the ages of 18-30 with addiction.
Don’t feel ashamed of admitting you’re addicted to Vicodin – you are not alone.
If you or a loved one needs help, please call us at
623-523-4748 and our team at Blueprints For Recovery in Arizona will help.