Signs of Addiction to Vicodin

Symptoms of Vicodin addiction can be more difficult to spot than other addictions, such as those to cocaine or heroin. However, there are several signs that can alert you (or a loved one) to possible Vicodin abuse or painkiller addiction:

  • Using your prescription too quickly because you are taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Needing to take more pills to get the same or desired effect
  • Seeing several different doctors or frequently switching from one doctor to the next in order to obtain more prescriptions of Vicodin (this is often referred to as “doctor shopping”)
  • Purchasing Vicodin from illegitimate sources
  • Frequently saying your prescription has been lost or stolen, or requesting a prescription in advance because you’re going out of town and won’t be able to get it filled when normally indicated
  • Experiencing feelings of guilt about how much Vicodin you are taking or how you are acquiring more of the drug.
  • Lying, stealing, or engaging in other types of dishonest behavior related to using or obtaining Vicodin
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (muscle and bone pain, night sweats, insomnia, etc.) when you stop taking Vicodin
  • Being told by family, friends, or co-workers that your Vicodin use has become an issue

If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from an addiction to Vicodin, and need to seek professional treatment immediately.

The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.