Vicodin Abuse




Withincreased reasons for people to abuse drugs, the potential of the useof narcotics is increasing as people discover more stimulatingsubstances. The potential of using of narcotics is made even higherdue to the availability of substances of abuse and prescription drugsthat can be bought over the counter and later abused. One of thedrugs that are abused by people in modern day is Vicodin. Vicodin isa prescription drug that combines acetaminophenand hydrocodone-anopiate forthe relief of pain by blocking pain receptors (Foster &amp Prevost,2012). However, in the course of its effectiveness, the drug inducesa euphoric sense that makes it addictive. This increases thepotential of abuse of Vicodin and makes its addiction high,especially due to its availability.

Theuse of Vicodin reduces any pain, and introduces relaxation and theeuphoria. According to Drugway(2011),the user of Vicodin develops tolerance over time, and thereforerequires more dosage leading to gradual addiction and adverseeffects. One of the main adverse effects of the use of Vicodin isfeeling and appearing drowsy especially when the addict has not takenthe drug. In addition, the addict feels obsessed with the consumptionof the drug and cannot focus on a basic activity unless after takinga dose (Foster &amp Prevost, 2012). Another effect increases thelevels of anxiety and behavior of paranoia with some experiences ofirregular mood swings. Physiologically, the adverse effect is nauseaand regular vomiting.

Asthe addict uses Vicodin, he or she develops a dependency behavior tothe drug. Without the use of the drug, the adverse effects keep onrecurring, forcing the user to take it again and again. According toDrugway(2011),as the user continues to use the drug, their life becomes centered inthe use of Vicodin in order to continue with their daily activities.Therefore, their professional, personal and career life takes thelower priority as the addiction controls the addict.

Anyattempt to abruptly avoid the use of Vicodin attracts the emergenceof withdrawal symptoms. One of the withdrawal symptoms of the use ofVicodin is itching all over the body, causing the individual to takethe drug again. In some cases, swelling happens in various parts ofthe body due to the withdrawal. A feeling of weakness is alsoexperienced in addition to a consistent condition of dizziness(Foster &amp Prevost, 2012). Moreover, the addict may experiencesome vomiting and regular stomach upsets. These symptoms, however endafter the user takes an additional dose of the drug.

Todetoxify the Vicodin and other opioids off the user’s body, anumber of options are explored for use. One of the options is toenter a patient program either as an inpatient or an outpatient.Another option is to enroll in a rehab program at a rehab center. Anaddict with strong support at home can take outpatient program butthose who are strongly addicted are recommended to adopt an inpatientprogram or a rehab. The detoxification practice involves gradualreduction of the dosage of the Vicodin taken on a daily basis untilthe addiction reduces as the dosage reduces.

Thebest practice is to take agents that suppress the withdrawalsymptoms, especially taking natural remedies. For instance, taking ofbananas provides potassium to the body. Potassium helps in therelieving the body from the restlessness marked by the rest legsyndrome. Through such interventions, the withdrawal symptoms aregradually suppressed and the dosage reduces until the user is freedfrom the addiction.


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