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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone is an opioid which has structural relation to codeine. It can produce opiate-like effects similar to morphine. This drug is an effective analgesic with very good pain relieving properties. Hydrocodone is widely prescribed as an anti-cough agent.



The addictive nature of Hydrocodone was identified in the 1920's. Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, is very much similar to morphine in many ways. It is considered to be the most abused prescription drug in the country.

Hydrocodone abuse has been increasing in the United States over the last decade and there has been extensive diversion of the drug. This drug is a major ingredient of more than 200 products available in the country and about 20 tons of hydrocodone products are used annually in the United States.

Effects of Hydrocodone

Its opiate-like effects make it a favorite of many drug abusers. Long time users may develop dependence and tolerance to the substance. Dependence or addiction can occur within one to four weeks at higher doses. If the drug is administered in combination with acetaminophen, the chances for developing acetaminophen-induced hepatic necrosis is high. Prolonged use of Hydrocodone can eventually change the way the brain functions.

Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

Anxiety, clammy skin, constipation, decreased sex drive, dizziness, dry throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, lightheadedness, fluctuating moods and nausea are the common symptoms of Hydrocodone addiction. Unusual fatigue and yellowing of the skin or eyes are some other symptoms seen among Hydrocodone addicts.

Treatment

There are many effective options available to treat hydrocodone addiction as well as withdrawal symptoms. Behavioral counseling and the use of medications, such as methadone and LAAM (levo-alpha-acetyl-methadol) are widely used.

A patient needs to be medically detoxified before starting the treatment. It can help the patient as well as the therapist to cope with the withdrawal symptoms while the patient adjusts to being drug free. The therapist will determine an appropriate treatment program once the detoxification is completed.

 
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