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Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin is an opiate that is prescribed because of its pain relieving properties. Studies have revealed that proper medical use of pain killers can be safe and if taken exactly as prescribed for a very short period of time. Opiates attach themselves to certain proteins called opiate receptors that can be found in the spinal cord, brain, and gastrointestinal tract. When the compounds find the receptors in the brain and spinal cord, they change how someone feels pain. Opiates like Vicodin can affect different regions of the brain that control how we experience pleasure, which can result in euphoria or a high.

Severe Vicodin users may develop tolerance to the medication which can lead to an increase in doses to achieve the same initial effects. Physical dependence can result from long-term use when the body adapts to the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, cold flashes with goose bumps (also known as "cold turkey"), and involuntary leg movements. For effective Vicodin addiction treatment, methods derive from heroin addiction treatment.

Long term use of Vicodin changes the brain in fundamental ways which explains why it is so difficult for people to quit on their own, and why drug treatment is so crucial. Psychoactive drugs corrupt the brain's normal motivational and pleasure systems, by promoting drug use to number one priority. These abrupt changes in the brain are responsible for the compulsive behavior associated with seeking and using drugs that we classify as addiction.

 

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