Hydrocodone is an addictive opioid. An addiction can develop in anyone taking the drug. While people may try to hide a drug dependence, there are signs that can reveal drug abuse.

Signs of Hydrocodone Abuse

People may feel shame for their drug use, but want to keep using drugs. Many people show common signs of drug abuse, even if they try to hide it. If a loved one uses opioids, keep an eye out for the following signs of drug abuse:

  • Always having pills
  • Hiding pills in their car or at home
  • Lying about taking pills
  • Seeing more than one doctor at a time
  • Faking pain or injury
  • Mood changes, like angry outbursts
  • Spending money quickly

Addiction can also cause mental effects, including:

Effects of Hydrocodone Abuse

Hydrocodone can negatively affect a person’s life when it is misused. There are many health and social issues caused by opioid abuse.

Side effects of hydrocodone abuse are:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble hearing
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Impaired cognition
  • Depression
  • Liver damage
  • Jaundice
  • Anxiety
  • Coma
  • Addiction
  • Death

Opioid abuse also has social effects. As abuse turns into addiction, a person may face a demotion, job loss, lower grades or other issues. They may also lose interest in hobbies and relationships.

Recognizing a Hydrocodone Addiction

If a person notices any signs of hydrocodone abuse in a loved one, an addiction may develop if it has not already. It’s normal to feel sad, disappointed or embarrassed about having an addiction, but it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease that needs medical attention. Talk to a doctor if any of the previous signs are relatable and opioid use is present.

Staging a Hydrocodone Intervention

A person can play a key role in helping a loved one get help. If signs of addiction appear in a friend or relative, an intervention may help. Setting one up may be the most constructive way to talk to them about their drug abuse. Interventions are a scheduled, civil talk between a person who is addicted to drugs and their loved ones. 

After a successful drug intervention, rehab may be desired. Call The Recovery Village to learn how professional drug rehab can address an addiction. Start a healthier future today, call now.

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Smith, Kayla. “Hydrocodone Symptoms and Warning Signs of Addiction.” Addiction Center, November 25, 2018. Accessed 20 Jan. 2017.

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