Teen Vicodin Addiction
Teen Treatment for Vicodin addiction is available. For many parents, the thought of a teen struggling with drug abuse seems like “someone else’s problem” but in fact, could be something your teen is struggling with on a routine basis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, 2.9 percent of 12th graders in the United States have abused prescription pain drugs such as Vicodin. This type of drug abuse is very common due to its easy access to teens.
The use of Vicodin by teenagers is on the rise. Statistics and survey results indicate some teens may be using as many as 20 pills a day to meet their needs for relaxation or euphoria. Like most opioid medications, in order to maintain the same level of high, users must take increasing amounts of Vicodin. This is highly dangerous and very addictive.
If your teen may be suffering from Vicodin addiction, or you may be unsure what type of medications he or she is taking, contact Teen Treatment Center right away. Our experienced team of medical doctors, nurses, and licensed therapists can provide a safe detox for your teen with 24-hour supervision.
To learn more about teen Vicodin addiction, call Teen Treatment Center today at (844) 319-5239. Our counselors are available 24/7. All consultations are confidential and free.
What Is Hydrocodone? What is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a type of prescription pain medication called an opioid. It contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Previously, doctors prescribed hydrocodone in a form that was much more potent, but this medication’s addiction-causing tendencies created a need to reformulate it as a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Nevertheless, it remains highly addictive to abusive users.
Vicodin and hydrocodone are highly effective pain medications. It is generally only prescribed for moderate to high levels of pain and often used for a short time. As a narcotic pain medication, these medications are highly regulated and monitored for use.
Side Effects of Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen or Vicodin
Most pain medications will cause some side effects. For those who are overusing these medications, such as your teen, without pain or a prescription to control quantity, it is very common to see side effects. Those may include:
- Breathing problems
It’s important to note that it is possible to overdose on Vicodin. It can cause a person to stop breathing if a high dose is used or the individual has a reaction to it. In some cases, it can be fatal. In addition, overuse of this medication can cause liver damage or death from liver toxicity.
There are many detrimental consequences to long term Vicodin use. The initial Vicodin side effects can continue long term. In addition, individuals will continuously seek additional pills and larger quantities in order to maintain the same Vicodin high. This can lead to liver damage, extreme drowsiness, impaired judgment, slowed breathing, and loss of consciousness.
How Easy Vicodin Addiction Can Be
What makes Vicodin so dangerous is it's ease of access and it's susceptibility to fall into addiction. Teens are often able to obtain the medication from their parent’s medicine cabinets or through those selling prescription medications. The ease of access and the belief that if the medication is a prescription that it is safe to take, can cause drastic results for teens.
Signs of Vicodin Addiction in Your Teen
Any of the side effects of Vicodin addiction are common in teens abusing this drug. In addition, some teens may display other signs of addiction including:
- Constant fatigue
- Obsession with prescription medications
- Unable to focus
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe mood swings
- Extreme anxiety
If you notice any of these symptoms of drug use and withdrawal, it is very important to seek out medical care for your teen right away. Call Teen Treatment Center today for a confidential consultation: (844) 319-5239.
Signs of Withdrawal from Vicodin
Withdrawal symptoms from Vicodin can be worrisome for any parent to notice. Because this is a narcotic, it is important to consider detoxing in a safe environment where medical care can be provided. However, those teens who are unable to obtain additional painkillers are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and depression
- Bone and muscle pain
If you notice this occurring, it could be the result of a hydrocodone or Vicodin withdrawal.
Teen Vicodin Addiction Treatment Is Available
Teen treatment for Vicodin addiction at the Teen Treatment Center is comprehensive and aimed at helping the teen to detox and to recovery through counseling and support.
Our licensed therapists will create a treatment plan based on your teen’s individual needs, lifestyle, and goals. At Teen Treatment Center, your teen can safely withdraw in a safe, comfortable environment. We provide the following services:
- Medically supervised drug detox
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Aftercare services
Within our gender-separate residential treatment center, we help teens struggling with Vicodin addiction to overcome from it through medically safe detox. We work hard to understand the underlying cause of the abuse through trained counselors. And, we then provide your teen with life skills and resources for aftercare so that he or she can improve life and avoid using again. It is this comprehensive type of treatment that helps teens to get the support they need.
With our support, the proper treatment, and family involvement, your teen can recover from their Vicodin addiction.
To help your teen recover today, call Teen Treatment Center at (844) 319-5239. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. All consultations are confidential and free.
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