Teen Vicodin Addiction

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Pill popping Vikes, Vics, Vicos, Hydros, Lorris, Fluff, Scratch, Norco, Idiot Pills, Tabs, Watsons or 357s – all refer to Vicodin prescription abuse. Vicodin is supposed to be a medication for pain: A combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

It can be effective for managing chronic, acute or even moderate pain, but more and more adults, – and teens – are using the drug to numb both physical and emotional pain. Many don’t even realize that by pill popping the drug to “relax,” they are among the tens of thousands nationwide caught up in the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

Vicodin tablets can be swallowed, crushed and snorted, mixed in with a drink and even injected by someone who is abusing them. It also comes in liquid form. Vicodin is a popular for recreational abuse and black-market retail: Teens often steal, trade or sell off a prescription for profit.

Signs of Vicodin Addiction

It is vital to learn to identify the symptoms of Vicodin addiction in order to catch the problem before major damage is done. Signs of Vicodin addiction can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Constricted pupils
  • Fear
  • Headache
  • Intense mood swings
  • Lightheadedness
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Problems with attention and focus
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Seizures

The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified Vicodin as a Schedule II drug because of its high potential for abuse.

Red Flags of Vicodin Abuse

  • Combing parents, relatives or friend’s medicine cabinets
  • Hiding pills
  • Explaining away pill-popping habits
  • Frequent complaints of various pains to get parents to take them to doctor’s office for a prescription
  • Taking Vicodin at random times of the day

Withdrawal effects of Vicodin abuse can also be evident:

  • Anxiety
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Cravings
  • Chills and fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness

Vicodin Inside the Body

The two main ingredients have complimentary functions but are both painkillers: Acetaminophen treats pain and fever and hydrocodone is in the opioid family and Hydrocodone binds to opioid receptor locations on nerve cells; thus numbing the body’s pain perception. The opioid interference also causes a flash flood of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which activates the brain’s reward system with euphoric sensations.

Acetaminophen, known more commonly as the main ingredient in Tylenol and other over the counter pain relievers, comes at a much higher concentration in Vicodin. High doses of acetaminophen are dangerous to the liver.

The effects of Vicodin abuse are pretty obvious. The euphoria it produces makes it highly coveted to users and many who legitimately take it for pain often find themselves inadvertently addicted. Like a knee-jerk reaction, the body comes to expect the high and fear moments without the sedation. But the health damages of overuse surpass the medical benefits.

Tolerance to the opioid-infused drug will often callous the individual and demand more Vicodin to get its effects. An abundance of Vicodin in the system can dangerously slow breathing – and can be fatally exacerbated by alcohol in the bloodstream.

Getting Help for Vicodin Addiction

There’s a stigma that Vicodin recreational use is somewhat acceptable. But if the aforementioned red flags sound all-too familiar with your teen, it’s time to get help.

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego of provides treatment for Vicodin addiction.

We go the extra step to ensure the addiction is treated as well as any underlying issues which fuel substance abuse, such as:

  • Mental disorder
  • Past trauma
  • Deeply embedded family dysfunction

Admission begins with a biopsychosocial assessment over the phone. Financing is as simple as insurance coverage, flexible payments or financial assistance through My Treatment Lender.

Here at Sovereign Health’s adolescent facility for teens 12-17, we don’t rush Vicodin addiction treatment. We believe rehabilitation should be customized to each patient to be lasting. There is no rigid time frame for treatment and time within our various levels of care depends on each teen’s progress.

Why Choose Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego?

Sovereign Health is a multi-state leader in treatment for several key factors:

  • Our Rancho San Diego facility is Joint Commission-accredited
  • We are licensed for mental health, and holistically treat all underlying co-occurring disorders such as prescription addiction
  • In Rancho San Diego we have several specialty treatment programs and groups addressing teens, transgender teens and females with eating disorders
  • We recognize our young patients as people first – ahead of their disorder – and individualize our treatment programs in this way
  • We mirror residential treatment as much as possible to the academic, social and downtime needs of an average teenager
  • We use the latest cutting-edge treatment, cognitive modalities and evidence-based alternative therapies in a summer-camp like atmosphere that fosters comradery and comfortability as the young patient recovers

Contact our 24/7 helpline to learn more about our programs for Vicodin addiction treatment

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