Biocodone, a brand name for the opiate narcotic hydrocodone, is prescribed by doctors to treat people suffering from around-the-clock severe-pain.
Hydrocodone functions by changing the way your central nervous system reacts to pain signals, and when taken in higher than recommended doses, produces a sense of euphoria and sedation that can lead to near-immediate psychological dependence for some. For this reason, you must always take Biocodone exactly as directed by your doctor.
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Understanding Biocodone Abuse
Biocodone is a brand name for hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opiate derived from the opium poppy. It is in the same family of drugs as oxycodone, codeine, morphine and heroin, and just like any other opiate, Biocodone works by binding to opiate receptors and blocking pain signals.
This medication can also produce a sense of cheerfulness, well-being and peace due to a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine—an effect which can protect the body from shock due to surgery or injury. When you take a higher than recommended dose of Biocodone, you experience euphoria and extreme relaxation resulting from an abnormal rush of the same neurotransmitter. Some people become hooked on this experience from their first use.
Signs and Symptoms of Biocodone Abuse
Signs and symptoms of an opiate addiction can be physical, behavioral, and psychological. A primary sign of addiction is regularly taking more medication than is clinically recommended.
Other signs and symptoms of Biocodone abuse may include:
- poor coordination
- physical agitation
- poor decision making
- neglected responsibilities
- secretive behavior
- slurred speech
- seeming intoxicated without drinking
- sleeping more or less than normal
- mood swings
- low motivation, apathy
- anxiety attacks
- continually seeking new prescriptions
- pretending to lose prescriptions
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Dangers of Biocodone Abuse
If you continue to abuse Biocodone, you will develop a tolerance that will force you to raise your dosage to potentially unsafe amounts. Among other problems, high doses of hydrocodone can cause respiratory depression.
According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse: “depressed respiration can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia can have short- and long-term psychological and neurological effects, including coma and permanent brain damage.”
You may not be able to recognize when this damage is happening to you, which is why it is crucial to seek treatment for a drug problem as soon as possible.
Even when taken according to your doctor’s advice, Biocodone may cause adverse effects. MedlinePlus explains that these include:
- stomach pain
- dry mouth
- back pain
- muscle tightening
- difficult, frequent, or painful urination
- ringing in the ears
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- foot, leg, or ankle swelling
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
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Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these, seek emergency medical treatment:
- chest pain
- fever, sweating
- fast heartbeat
- severe muscle stiffness or twitching
- loss of coordination
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- inability to get or keep an erection
- irregular menstruation
- decreased sexual desire
- swelling of your eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat
- changes in heartbeat
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
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Who Abuses Biocodone?
There is no one type of person who abuses opiate drugs like Biocodone. You may begin inadvertently, perhaps by mistakenly taking extra medication to make up for a missed dose. Then, you may have enjoyed the resulting rush of euphoria, pain relief, and blissful calm so much that you felt compelled to repeat the experience.
Your Biocodone abuse may be a sign that you suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness such as depression or an anxiety disorder. You could be abusing opiates to self-medicate. This may be effective in the short-term, but over time, the side effects and withdrawal symptoms caused by the drug will only exacerbate any emotional problems, while adding to your burden with new somatic complaints.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- muscle and bone pain
- nausea and vomiting
- nervousness and restlessness
- dysthymia (an inability to feel pleasure)
- intense drug cravings
Anyone, from any walk of life, has the potential to become addicted to Biocodone. When used appropriately, the medicine can keep you from suffering unnecessarily during illness or recovery from surgery or injury. Untreated pain can inhibit healing, sometimes leading to emotional problems as well as health complications from stress.
But overuse and abuse of Biocodone will lead to an addiction that will take over your life, limit your options and threaten your well-being.
Am I Addicted to Biocodone?
If you fear that you are addicted to Biocodone, read and honestly answer the questions below:
- Do I abuse Biocodone to escape from negative feelings or conflicts that I don’t want to face?
- Am I obsessed with maintaining a supply of drugs?
- Have I done things I’m ashamed of, or that scare me, in order to obtain drugs?
- Do I abuse Biocodone every day?
- Have friends or family members mentioned that they are worried about my drug use?
- Do I become hostile or angry when they do so?
- Am I secretive about my drug use, and/or do I lie about when I use or how much I take?
- When I try to cut down or quit using, do I experience withdrawal symptoms such as those listed above?
- Do I feel like I can’t have fun, be normal, or complete everyday tasks without Biocodone?
- Do I need more and more Biocodone each time I abuse the drug in order to feel its effects?
- Have I experienced any major problems as a result of my drug use, such as a breakup, job loss, car accident, family problems, financial problems, or getting arrested?
- Despite knowing Biocodone is bad for me, do I feel unable to stop using on my own?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be addicted to Biocodone and in need of professional substance abuse treatment. Call 800 774 5796 now, and let our advisors connect you to the best options for your needs.
Biocodone Addiction Treatment
If you feel like your drug use is out of control, then you need help. The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances will be of making a full recovery and maintaining your sobriety for the long-term.
Opiate abuse can have a long-lasting effect on brain function, impairing your judgement, cognition, and ability to cope with stress. Waiting to seek addiction treatment will only augment the damage, and make repairing it more of an undertaking.
The first step towards healing is to rid your body of addictive substances. It is not a good idea to abruptly stop taking Biocodone. You should taper your dosage slowly with the guidance of medical professionals who know how you can detox with a maximum of safety and a minimum of discomfort.
Chemical dependence treatment programs offer many different options that you can combine as needed to create a customized approach to recovery. These options include:
Levels of care that vary depending on need– You may respond best to a fully immersive, inpatient residential program where your life revolves around the recovery experience. Or you may benefit from an outpatient program that allows you to incorporate recovery into your everyday life without having to remove yourself from it.
Different treatment environments– You may be drawn to a more urban program that allows you to use resources available in the city as a part of the therapeutic process. Or you may prefer a program in a rural setting, where natural surroundings and activities can be used for their healing capabilities.
Individual, group or family counseling– No matter what type of program you choose, you will certainly engage in talk therapy to work through issues, improve communication, address past trauma, and lay the groundwork for relapse prevention after discharge.
Support Groups– The philosophies behind AA’s 12-step program are not only beneficial in and of themselves, but attending meetings can be a wonderful way to support a sober lifestyle. They are a resource that will be available to you everywhere, every day. They also help remind you that you are not alone in your journey.
Holistic Therapies– Recovery isn’t just about healing the mind. You must also heal your body and spirit to truly overcome addiction in a way that lasts. Therapies such as mindfulness training, yoga, and music therapy can address your healing from a whole-person perspective.
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You don’t have to live with the suffering that Biocodone addiction causes you and your loved ones.
Call 800 774 5796 today. Our advisors will direct you to affordable, effective substance abuse treatment that will help you change your life.