Top 10 signs of vicodin addiction
Top 10 signs of Vicodin addiction
1. Using Vicodin for non medical reasons.
2. Consistently taking more than the prescribed amount of Vicodin resulting in rapid increases in the amount of Vicodin needed, refill requests before the refill date, repeated “loss” of Vicodin prescriptions, emergency calls to a doctors office for Vicodin prescription refills, visiting a Vicodin prescribing doctor at the end of office hours for Rx refills, or having more than one doctor who prescribes Vicodin.
3. Compulsive seeking and using Vicodin despite negative consequences, (loss of job, debt, physical problems, family problems).
4. Sluggish behavior, drowsiness, apathy, lack of energy, sleepiness or constant sleeping.
5. Social withdrawal.
6. Inability to concentrate.
7. Persistent physical symptoms of pain pill use including slower breathing, constricted pupils, flushing of the face and neck, constipation, nausea, and/or vomiting.
8. Objection or unwillingness to provide medical records and refusing to take medical exams, tests or get referrals for Vicodin prescription.
9. Neglecting usual responsibilities (work, school, or family).
10. Withdrawal symptoms when Vicodin use stops.
How do people use Vicodin?
Opioid agonists like Vicodin can be abused for their euphoric effect. When using this Schedule III narcotic, abusers experience a general sense of well-being by reduced tension, anxiety, and aggression.
Vicodin tablets can be misused in a manner similar to other opioid agonists, legal or illicit. Although Vicodin is typically taken as an oral table, the prescription pill may also be crushed into powder and snorted, or be taken in a bitter liquid form which can be taken orally or injected via syringe.
Help for signs of Vicodin addiction
What should you do if you suspect Vicodin addiction? We suggest that you seek the help of an addiction professional. But the most important first step is to get honest about use. What do you think?
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