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Overcoming Vicodin - Addiction by Prescription

Jul 25, 2008
A surprising number of people have found themselves fighting with problems of dependence to the prescription drug Vicodin.

Prescribed as a pain reliever, Vicodin is one of the most commonly misused prescription drugs because people do not take it correctly as the general practitioner requires it to be taken.

When used according to doctor's orders, it can be a very helpful analgesic to help alleviate pain, but prolonged use of Vicodin can lead to addiction because the body builds up a tolerance to the drug, needing more and more in order to provide the same outcome. It takes over the conscious mind's regular pleasure and motivational systems making the need for the drug takes priority.

Vicodin gives a euphoric sensation, comforting both the body and the mind. People with an addiction to Vicodin are often in denial that they have a drug problem. They justify their use by saying things like "I'm only needing it for the pain" or "The medical practitioner said I could take a few additional tablets if I needed to".

As with other drugs, there are loads of Vicodin users who don't get hooked on the drug, but true addicts will give themselves away by getting frantic when their reserve begins becoming low. They will hastily look for ways to refill their supply, such as by telling untruths about physical problems in order to get a prescription.

Vicodin abusers feel that they can't function without the drug. Even though the pain has gone away, Vicodin produces an effect in them that they feel they cannot live without.

People struggling with Vicodin dependence eventually find themselves going to outside suppliers such as drug pushers to obtain the medicine and will often go to great lengths to conserve their reserve.

Addiction to the drug Vicodin is often seen as less dangerous than dependence to prohibited street drugs because it is approved by a physician. Also, because Vicodin is not seen as causing the same life-altering problems as other drugs, people who are addicted to Vicodin often don't consider they need to seek help for their dependence problem. However, the long-term end results of the drug on a persons life and physical condition can be serious, and it is completely conceivable for an addict to die from a Vicodin overdose!

Overcoming Vicodin addiction can be difficult. The detoxification procedure can be excruciating, and Vicodin abusers need to go through the same sort of counselling and behaviour adaption therapies as do other drug addicted persons.

Freedom from Vicodin certainly is feasible though. The first step for a Vicodin abuser is admitting that there is a problem and looking for help.
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