Searidge Drug Rehab


Vicodin Addiction

At Searidge, individuals with Vicodin dependency and use disorders can receive quality, individually-catered treatment plans. Each plan contains a comprehensive approach grounded in evidence and involves shared decision-making. Here, patient voices are heard and are valued in the process of living a Vicodin-free life. Some of the programs we offer include:

  • Vicodin detoxification
  • Residential Vicodin treatment
  • Vicodin Intervention
  • Vicodin Rehabilitation
  • SMART recovery 

Vicodin – What is it?

Vicodin is a prescription drug that contains both acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Indeed, hydrocodone is an opioid, however, acetaminophen is not. It does however augment the effects of hydrocodone and so Vicodin is prescribed to patients with moderately severe pain. Despite that, medical experts believe that the drug is overprescribed and overused by physicians in treating pain. In fact, it is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the United States. The exact statistics in Canada are not readily available at this time. 

Vicodin Addiction – What does it look like? 

Vicodin addiction manifests much like other opioid addictions. Indeed, it can be addictive even when taken at regular, recommended doses. Although acetaminophen does not lead to addictive behaviour, hydrocodone does. Like other opioids, Vicodin blocks pain receptors in the brain thereby attenuating pain in patients. Typically, this is accompanied by feelings of relaxation, making the drug more enticing. With time and prolong use, individuals can develop tolerance to Vicodin thereby requiring that they consume more of the drug to achieve the same effects as before. If not carefully monitored by physicians, this can easily lead to addiction. 

There are various factors that may lead to an individual developing Vicodin addiction. First, genetics may play a role. Studies have shown that individuals with family members suffering from addiction are at an increased risk for developing an addiction themselves. This is suggestive that there may be a genetic factor inherited in family members. It is important to note that this does not guarantee addiction to Vicodin but it may predispose an individual to it. Further, brain chemistry may play a role in developing addiction. For example, as previously touched upon, an individual typically experiences feelings of well-being associated with consumption of Vicodin. This may act in lieu of their brain not sufficiently producing “well-being” neurotransmitters on its own. Finally, individuals who are improperly exposed to environments and people with addiction from a young age are at a higher risk for developing an addiction themselves. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with proper management of Vicodin or may have developed an addiction, please speak to one of us at Searidge Foundation today

Effects of Vicodin Use

Short term

The extent of the short-term effects of Vicodin are contingent on the quantity consumed. Typically, individuals can expect relief from moderate pain and overall feelings of well-being when consumed within appropriately prescribed doses. However, misuse and overconsumption can quickly lead to overdose or death. Because acetaminophen is a constituent of Vicodin, individuals are at risk for liver damage if it is consumed in excess. In this event, individuals may have nausea, pain in their upper stomach, itching, appetite suppression, dark urine, reddish-coloured stool, or jaundice. 


Long-term use of Vicodin may put individuals at risk for addiction. Indeed, they can build a tolerance which can lead to addiction. Addiction puts users at risk for overdose and death. Further, it may entice individuals to seek out more potent drugs. 

Brief Overview of Vicodin

Active ingredient(s): Hydrocodone and acetaminophen

Synonyms: N/A

Legal status: Controlled via prescription 

Most common route of administration: Oral Leading cause of drug-associated mortality: Overdose