In hindsight, I never should have started using Vicodin. My back was hurting and when I told the doctor, he willingly prescribed me Vicodin, one brand name for hydrocodone. Since both of my parents are alcoholics, I knew I had the biological component for a Vicodin addiction.
Word to the wise; do not start taking Vicodin if you like the feeling of quick and complete pain relief. The drug not only masks physical pain, but it makes you feel like you have nothing to emotionally worry about.
When I was high, I felt like my body was one big pleasure zone. If anyone touched me, it felt sexual even when it wasn’t sexual.
Vicodin or hydrocodone, is an opioid, meaning a man-made pain reliever. Like heroin, and alcohol, Vicodin suppresses the whole central nervous system. By taking the drug much more than prescribed, for an extended period of time, your body and brain are chemically altered.
I was lucky to never experience seizures, blurred vision, or fainting, but myI did experience the side effects of Vicodin many times, I had a hard time waking up in the morning, and I was drowsy a lot even after a good night’s sleep.
I believe that if I hadn’t gotten sober when I did, I would have gone on to have intense mood changes and major liver damage.
Other long-term Vicodin side effects that I have heard from people who did use and abuse it for much longer than I did said they have kidney damage and complete hearing loss.
The long-term physical effects go along with the negative implications drug use has on your personal life. Family and relationship complications, performance in your job or career, and mental health issues can cause just as much irreversible damage as the chemical does to the body.
I was not welcome at my own mother’s house for a while there when I was way into my Vicodin use. Take it from me, do not renew your prescription for Vicodin when it runs out. If you have a problem controlling yourself and believe you’ve become an addict, do yourself a favor and check out a prescription drug treatment center.
Blog Post By:Jared Friedman