Hydrocodone Addiction

Common Signs of Addiction to Hydrocodone

Healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense hydrocodone often watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:
  • Asking for brand-name hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin® or Lortab® (which usually have a higher "street" value).
  • Going through a hydrocodone prescription too quickly (and needing refills before they are due).
  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous hydrocodone prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
Friends and family can also keep an eye out for other signs of addiction, such as:
  • Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
  • Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
  • An unexplainable lack of money
  • Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.

Final Thoughts

If you suspect that you might have a problem with addiction, please seek help. An addiction to hydrocodone can be very dangerous, even life-threatening. Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for hydrocodone abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with such problems (hopefully in a nonjudgmental way) or may suggest other resources for you. In any case, do not stop taking the drug abruptly, as hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms could occur.
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