As with any narcotic medication, it is possible to become addicted to hydrocodone. Abuse and addiction are common with this particular drug because hydrocodone products are readily available (they are commonly prescribed) and fairly inexpensive. An addiction can be very dangerous, even life-threatening, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you are having problems with this medication.
Hydrocodone is an active ingredient in many different prescription pain medications and cough syrups. As a narcotic, opioid (morphine-like) medication, hydrocodone has significant abuse and addiction potential. Many people find hydrocodone to be quite addicting.
Hydrocodone addiction is common for a few different reasons. Hydrocodone products are readily available -- this drug is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the United States. Additionally, hydrocodone products are usually fairly inexpensive (especially in generic form). Also, these products are categorized with less stringent rules, compared to many other opiates (such as morphine or oxycodone); this means that prescriptions for hydrocodone products can be phoned or faxed to a pharmacy and may have refills, unlike many other opiates. It also means that healthcare providers are more likely to prescribe the medication.
Hydrocodone addiction may also be common because people often believe that it is safer or perhaps less shameful or embarrassing to abuse prescription medications, compared to "street" drugs. It may also be easier for people to deny (to themselves and others) that they have a problem.