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Hydrocodone is an opioid pain reliever typically prescribed to help reduce moderate to severe or chronic pain. Hydrocodone has a high risk of becoming addictive when abused. An addiction to this drug can damage the body and potentially lead to death. If you or a loved one are abusing Hydrocodone, seek help. Hydrocodone treatment and rehab resources are out there to help you quit. Rehab centers may be beneficial in helping you recover. 

Side Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Signs of Overdose

Because of how easy it is to build up a tolerance to Hydrocodone, users tend to take higher doses to prolong their ‘high.’ Taking prescription opioids like Hydrocodone not as prescribed is dangerous and with considerable health risks. Some of the side effects of abusing Hydrocodone include:

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation 
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Drug cravings

Signs of an overdose include:

  • Generalized muscle weakness 
  • Slowed breathing 
  • Slowed heartbeat 
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Profound drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma 
  • Death 

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to Hydrocodone, do not give up. Seek treatment. Treatment centers are out there and ready to help you get on the road to recovery and regain control of your life. 

Treatment Options for Hydrocodone Addiction

Detoxing from Hydrocodone is not easy, but with the help of an inpatient rehabilitation center, the opioid detox process can be made as smooth as possible. During medically assisted detox, your safety is a top priority, and your withdrawal symptoms will be managed to the best of the staff’s ability. After detox, the team helps you learn how to maintain your sobriety, life skills, relapse prevention strategies, etc. Other effective treatment options include outpatient programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, sober-living homes, residential treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, yoga therapy, family therapy, 12-step programs, and support groups. If you or a loved one is abusing Hydrocodone, talk to a trusted behavioral health professional and see the next steps in your recovery journey.

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