Vicodin Abuse Substance Overview
Vicodin, one of the many brand versions of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone, is a prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. Many teens believe prescription drugs like Vicodin are less harmful than “street” drugs, because they can be prescribed by a doctor. However, that is not the case. Vicodin is a serious drug and should only be taken when it is prescribed by a doctor.
Managing your Teens Prescribed Vicodin Prescription
If your teen is legally prescribed to Vicodin, make sure he or she follows the dosing instructions properly or your teen could develop a serious addiction. Keep track of the pills and, if necessary, hide them from your teen.
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Warning Signs of Teen Vicodin Addiction
- Frequent “nodding out”
- Slow heartbeat (overdose causes user to go into a coma)
- Light-headed, confusion, blurred vision
- Convulsions, seizures
- Fear, paranoia, intense mood swings
- Nausea, vomiting, headaches
- Obsession with Vicodin – wanting more and more
- Stealing money or valuables
Long Term Consequences of Vicodin Addiction
- Brain damage
- Muscle and bone pain
- Intense anxiety
- Kidney Disease & Liver Disease
- Heart damage and disease
According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
- In 2007, 50.5 percent of users received Vicodin free from a friend or relative
- In 2011, 70.2 percent of users got their drugs in this manner.
- One in twelve 12th graders reported prescription abuse of Vicodin
- It is estimated that 6,600 Americans abuse prescription drugs for the first time every day. About one third of these are teens ages 12 to 17 and more than half were women.
If you believe your teenager has an Vicodin addiction, don’t wait until they overdose. Call us at Inspirations where we can help your child today. At Inspirations, we will treat your child’s Vicodin addiction while also helping your child to discover the reasons why they became addicted to in the first place. We offer six levels of treatment with each level offering more privileges than previous levels. Some of these privileges include beach days, phone calls, use of an Ipod, volleyball, and snorkeling. However, all privileges must be earned. Teens in our Vicodin addiction treatment program earn privileges by doing daily household chores, being on their best behavior, and by participating in our many different therapy sessions.
Therapy sessions include:
- Family therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Trauma therapy
At Inspirations for Youth and Families, we truly care about the well-being of your child. We want to show your child that he or she can have fun without using Vicodin! We believe our structured atmosphere teaches teens responsibility and accountability for their actions. Let us help your teenager to kick their Vicodin addiction and get clean. Upon completion of our Vicodin addiction treatment program, we are confident your teen will be able to withstand the pressures of life without returning to drug use. Let help make your family happy and healthy once again.