Does Vicodin Get You High? Know the Risks of Prescription Addiction
Simply put, prescription drugs like Vicodin can get someone high. Vicodin is a narcotic which contains the opiate hydrocodone that can cause feelings of euphoria by changing the way the brain perceives pain. It is this feeling of euphoria that causes addiction.
The Euphoric Effects of Vicodin
The euphoric effect that comes from taking Vicodin is created by the hydrocodone binding to the opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. This changes how the individual experiences pain while on Vicodin. The drug also affects parts of the brain that control pleasurable feelings, which is what creates the ‘high’. If an individual snorts Vicodin instead of taking it orally, that increases the intensity of the euphoric feeling. Vicodin in an individual’s system will show up on urine tests, blood tests, saliva test and hair tests.
The Danger of Mixing Vicodin with Other Substances
Vicodin is a central nervous system depressant. It causes drowsiness and can interfere with clear, logical thinking. It can also cause mood changes and feelings of anxiety. It is very dangerous to mix Vicodin with any other central nervous system depressants, like alcohol, antihistamines, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines, as they can all interact with the hydrocodone. Mixing Vicodin with any of these can increase the negative side effects of the drug. It may make the individual excessively drowsy and slow their breathing to the point of becoming life-threatening.
The Risks of Vicodin Use
Increased Tolerance – An individual who uses Vicodin habitually can end up becoming tolerant to the effects of the drug. This can happen even to individuals who are using Vicodin only as prescribed. Tolerance to the drug means that the individual will have to take increasingly larger doses to achieve the same effects or to get high. The risk of side effects also increases with higher doses. Higher doses of Vicodin naturally increase the amount of acetaminophen in the body, and it is much easier to overdose on than the hydrocodone. Furthermore, it can cause permanent liver damage.
Addiction – Vicodin has a strong euphoric effect which can lead to intense cravings for the drug, and obsessive use over a period of time. It is possible to get addicted to Vicodin if taken recreationally or to feel better. Additionally, addiction can cause physical dependence and the individual cannot deny their cravings despite suffering negative consequences in their family life, work or socially.
How can an individual tell if they are addicted to Vicodin?
The questions the individual must ask themselves are:
- Have they increased dosage because they were no longer getting the desired effects?
- Do they experience painful withdrawal symptoms when not taking Vicodin?
- Do they crave Vicodin even though it causes negative consequences in their life?
If the answers to the above questions is yes, then the individual probably has an addiction to Vicodin.
At Blueprints For Recovery, our staff members have a first-hand experience in Vicodin addiction and recovery. We can offer programs that provide individualized support to young adults facing addiction recovery.
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