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Long Term Effects of Hydrocodone Drug Abuse Akron OH

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If your physician in Akron, Ohio prescribed a painkiller such as Vicodin, Lorcet or Lortab, be aware that these name brands contain Hydrocodone. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), over 131 products contain this highly addictive narcotic. In fact, this is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in America today.

There are both short and long term effects of hydrocodone. The short term effect is the primary reason they are prescribed- to relieve pain. The euphoric effect of hydrocodone adds to the allure of the drug and drives abuse. The negative effects of Hydrocodone have proven deadly for many Akron residents who have overdosed on the drug. Mild side effects may include drowsiness, constipation, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and nausea. Serious effects of Hydrocodone, requiring medical treatment, include pulmonary complications, bloody stools and cardiac arrhythmias.

Since the drug does what it is intended to do and packs the additional benefit of a high, it is easy for addiction to occur. Addiction to prescription drugs such as Hydrocodone is a major concern for Ohio residents. Records show that the state’s death rate from prescription drug overdose has consistently exceeded the national rate. Since 2010, the Ohio Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force has been charged with the responsibility of saving the lives of its residents through various programs and initiatives. Comprised of approximately 33 members, they meet regularly to address the remedies for the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs like Hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone Dependency

Addiction to Hydrocodone develops with habitual long term use. High tolerance levels develop as increasing doses to achieve the same high repeatedly occurs. This ultimately leads to abuse, and many times, an overdose situation.

When some users recognize their growing dependency on this drug, they try quitting by using the “cold turkey” approach. Withdrawal symptoms, some that are very severe, often drive them right back to using the drug; and so begins the cycle of addiction.

You may be addicted to Hydrocodone if…

  1. You are taking more than the prescribed amount of the drug to get the same effect.
  2. You are seeking alternate vendors other than your doctor to get more of the drug.
  3. You are becoming increasingly secretive about the amount of drugs you are consuming.
  4. You experience withdrawal symptoms when you try quitting the drug.

Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction

The alarming increase in prescription overdose deaths make finding the right treatment a necessity. In caring for the overall needs of the patient, our treatment centers go beyond just treating the addiction. Many times, there are underlying issues that are driving the addiction. These conditions must be treated simultaneously to achieve enduring freedom from substance abuse. As such, we apply the most innovative treatment modalities that are aligned with the guidelines of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), National Register of Evidence-Based Programs (NREPP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to name a few.

Our treatment protocols incorporate both conventional and holistic treatments for a comprehensive, integrated approach. Treatment teams consist of board certified physicians, nurses, psychiatrists and addiction specialists with emergency trauma training. You can access our programs by selecting from options such as residential/inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient.

The goal of our rehabilitation system is to…

  • Facilitate detoxification in a safe, state-of -the -art facility that is medically equipped to treat any emergency.
  • Achieve psychiatric and physical stabilization so that the patient can participate fully in the rehabilitation process.
  • Provide relapse prevention education and tools to minimize the potential of recidivism.
  • Assist with the development of an effective aftercare treatment plan that also helps with the transition from rehab to everyday life.

Addiction to Hydrocodone can be fatal. Don’t take a chance if you suspect that you have become dependent on this drug. Call Akron Drug Treatment Centers today at (234) 200-4840 to find out how we can help.

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