Dicodid is an opioid narcotic also known as hydrocodone, prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe-pain, usually as a result of dental procedures, surgeries or injuries.
Dicodid works by blocking pain signals and causing your brain to release more dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects the interaction of pleasure, reward and movement in the brain. When a drug brings you pleasure through the release of dopamine, you are trained to think of drug use as an important experience worth repeating.
This is why dicodid is highly addictive, and should only be taken as directed.
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Understanding Dicodid Abuse
Opiate drugs like dicodid can produce euphoria—an exaggerated feeling of mental and physical wellbeing. Your brain is built to release dopamine when you engage in life-preserving activities such as sleeping, eating and having sex, so that you recognize them as pleasurable, and are trained to repeat them.
Abusing dicodid, especially when taken in higher than normal doses, or by crushing and snorting, or dissolving in liquid then injecting the drug, releases such a flood of dopamine that most users find it impossible to resist the urge to repeat the experience, over and over. “This is why scientists sometimes say that drug abuse is something we learn to do very, very well” (see the National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Signs and Symptoms of Dicodid Abuse
If there is someone in your life that you worry may be addicted to dicodid or another opiate medication, there are some signs and symptoms that you can look out for.
- running out of pills too soon
- visiting multiple doctors or clinics
- slurred speech
- impaired judgement
- unexplained mood changes
- unusual sleeping patterns
- changes in appearance or hygiene
- isolation from family and friends
- secretive behavior
- nervousness and restlessness
- apathy and poor performance at work or school
- declining interest in previous hobbies and passions
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Dangers of Dicodid Abuse
Abusing dicodid can cause a number of unpleasant and dangerous side effects. According to MedlinePlus, some of 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
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment:
- chest pain
- fever, sweating
- fast heartbeat
- severe muscle stiffness or twitching
- loss of coordination
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- 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
If you continue to abuse dicodid, your body will become tolerant to the drug’s effects, necessitating an increase in how much you take. This can greatly increase your chances of overdosing.
According to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. Deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999.”
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Who Abuses Dicodid?
Many people start abusing dicodid while taking the drug by prescription. It can seem harmless to take a little too much of the drug, to take doses too close together, or to continue taking the pills even after you’ve healed from surgery or injury, but doing so will eventually lead to addiction.
Abusing prescription medications in this way is not only potentially lethal in and of itself, it can lead to more serious forms of drug abuse.
According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “In the 2013 and 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 50.5% of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from a friend or relative for free, and 22.1% got them from a doctor.
As people use opioids repeatedly, their tolerance increases and they may not be able to maintain the source for the drugs. This can cause them to turn to the black market for these drugs and even switch from prescription drugs to cheaper and more risky substitutes like heroin.”
The opioid addiction epidemic is one of the nation’s leading causes of death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Am I Addicted to Dicodid?
The 12-step program Narcotics Anonymous has the following list of questions in their publication, Am I an Addict? Read them over and honestly consider each one.
- Do you ever use alone?
- Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?
- Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs?
- Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?
- Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
- Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?
- Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
- Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
- Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
- Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
- Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
- Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?
- Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation center because of your using?
- Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
- Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?
- Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?
- Do you ever question your own sanity?
- Is your drug use making life at home unhappy?
- Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?
- Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?
- Do you think a lot about drugs?
- Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?
- Has using affected your sexual relationships?
- Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer?
- Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?
- Have you ever overdosed on any drugs?
- Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
- Do you think you might have a drug problem?
What’s important isn’t how many questions you answered yes to, but how you felt as you thought about them. You know in your heart if you have a problem.
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Dicodid Addiction Treatment
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that can take over every part of your life. While it can’t be completely cured, it can be managed. You can live a drug-free life, full of possibilities and hope, if you find and commit yourself to getting help.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that when it comes to addiction treatment, “a range of care with a tailored treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed.”
Medical health services are especially helpful at the detoxification stage of treatment. You may benefit from MAT, or medication-assisted treatment for your withdrawal. Even if you decide against MAT, a doctor will want you to taper off of dicodid slowly, to minimize symptoms as you detox.
Rehab and recovery services are likely to include:
- Behavioral therapy to teach you how to replace destructive thought patterns and behaviors with healthier, more productive ways of thinking about drugs and coping with trigger situations.
- 12 step meetings and support groups like Narcotics Anonymous can be a great help while you are in a treatment program, and are an easy to access resource after you leave treatment.
- Relapse prevention training will help you stay clean for the long term.
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