Hydrocodone Abuse Treatment
Compassionate and Effective Care
Hydrocodone abuse is one of the most common substance abuse issues in the country. Hydrocodone is the generic form of Vicodin, and represents a threat to Americans in every age group. In 2014, generic hydrocodone was the most commonly prescribed medication to patients on Medicare, and its popularity has not dissipated. Hydrocodone is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. It is a narcotic painkiller, and is only available by prescription. As Americans are the predominant consumers of the drug. the potential for diversion and subsequent abuse is particularly high here in the United States. Ten years ago, 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone supply was consumed in the United States.
Hydrocodone Abuse Signs and Symptoms
Hydrocodone abuse can develop through a variety of different circumstances. While federal intervention and the establishment of statewide monitoring databases has made diversion and recreational sale and abuse considerably more difficult, theft and illegal distribution is still a common problem. Others start abusing hydrocodone through initial misuse of a legitimate prescription. This is why it’s important to monitor your intake. Some of the signs of hydrocodone abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Doctor Shopping
- Lying about Abuse
- Loss of Interest in Life
- Decline at Work or School
- Extreme Fluctuations in Mood
If you or a loved one are experiencing these or any other symptoms related to hydrocodone use, seek help immediately.