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Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone Addiction has been escalating in recent years. In 2006, hydrocodone was the most frequent encountered opioid pharmaceuticals in drug evidence submitted to the National Forensic Laboratory. Furthermore, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) stated that in 2006, hydrocodone addiction and use accounted for 51,225 emergency room visits, more than any other pharmaceutical opioid. Hydrocodone addiction is a severe problem. Poison control data, medical examiners reports and treatment center data all indicate that hydrocodone addiction is associated with significant public health risks, including a substantial number of deaths each year. From 1994 through 2002, hydrocodone use has increased by 170 percent. This is due to the fact that hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the U.S. with nearly 130 million prescriptions for hydrocodone containing products dispensed in 2006. A recent petition submitted to the DEA has requested a review of the control status of hydrocodone containing products.

Hydrocodone is one of the strongest medications available to treat pain or to suppress cough. Hydrocodone is abused for its opioid effects that they produce, which leads to hydrocodone addiction. Hydrocodone pills are the most frequently encountered dosage form found in illegal trafficking. The lack of regulation makes hydrocodone vulnerable to widespread abuse and hydrocodone addiction, since it is over prescribed by physicians, through forged prescriptions and by theft. Hydrocodone is generally abused orally, often in combination with alcohol. Hydrocodone overdose can result in breathing problems or cardiac arrest and its use may impair motor skills and judgment.

Hydrocodone addiction is often not easily diagnosed since it is prescribed by a physician, therefore many people and family members do not seem to think that this addiction is as bad as being addicted to street drugs or alcohol. This is often the case with prescription drug addiction. In most cases a person who has a hydrocodone addiction problem is in denial, since they were prescribed the drug for an existing problem, such as pain relief. It is common for people with a hydrocodone addiction problem to continue to use hydrocodone long after the original prescribed problem is taken care of. Hydrocodone addiction can have devastating effects on a persons mind and body, along with destroying the family unit. Most prescription drug users do not intend on becoming addicts. However, those who have a hydrocodone addiction problem continue to obsess over the drug and seek ways to obtain hydrocodone. They believe that they can no longer function normally without hydrocodone, even though their pain is gone.

Hydrocodone Addiction is Two Problems, Not Just One

Hydrocodone addiction may be a physical and/or an emotional dependence, but it is not some mysterious brain disease. Similar to other addictions, a person suffering from hydrocodone addiction is using hydrocodone to solve some perceived problem or problems in his or her life (i.e. pain relief). The continued use of hydrocodone to combat these perceived problems is what leads to hydrocodone addiction. When used for pain relief, hydrocodone is often continued to be taken even after the pain is gone. Eventually, hydrocodone addiction itself becomes an even greater problem than the original problem or problems that hydrocodone was supposed to solve.

The result is that now the person has two problems:
  • The original underlying problem(s), possibly now forgotten 
  • The new problem--Hydrocodone addiction 

Successful Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Solves Both Problems

Many people start using hydrocodone to get some sort of pain relief. This is where our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program differs from other programs. We have dedicated staff members that are trained to deliver various assist processes that help to relieve and heal the body, thus eliminating the need for pain medication. The assist processes are somewhat similar to a massage. The purpose of this is to get you into communication with your body, and allow it to heal itself. Also, as part of our drug treatment, we offer a Detoxification program, in which we use a Sauna to eliminate drugs and toxins from the body. Many of our students have stated that this process has freed them from the pain that originally lead them to hydrocodone addiction in the first place. Hydrocodone or other pain relievers do nothing more than mask over the real problem(s) that a person is going through. Without handling the underlying cause of the problem(s) that lead to the hydrocodone addiction, the solution is just temporary at best. This is why we heal both the mind and the body, since both must be rehabilitated for a person to be happy and successful.

Helping the person with the hydrocodone addiction problem to discover or rediscover the original problem or problems and to overcome these with real-life solutions is an essential component of almost all successful Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers. By equipping a person who has a hydrocodone addiction problem with tools and life skills to confront and handle common obstacles encountered in life, at home, on the job, etc. on a daily basis is integral to beating addiction in the long term!

Conclusion on Hydrocodone Addiction

Only when both the hydrocodone addiction problem and the underlying reasons for the hydrocodone addiction are resolved can a person become a happy, healthy and productive member of society.

The Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been helping those stuck in the deadly trap of drug and alcohol addiction, beat there addictions and once again become drug free individuals leading productive lives and contributing to society!    Freedom from Hydrocodone Addiction is possible!

For more information on Hydrocodone Addiction and how we can help, call us at
1-800-468-6933.