Cross Addiction

Most of the time, when we talk about an addiction, people often think about one in particular: substance abuse. This is all about being highly dependent not necessarily on drugs, but other substances as well like alcohol, cannabis and tobacco to get the necessary temporary high the body is looking for. One of the reasons why addiction is a very difficult issue to treat is because not only would an addict look compulsively for that substance to relieve him from his urges, but he is most likely to become addicted to other substances as well. This condition is known as cross addiction.

Cross addiction is a condition where an addict relies on more than one classification of substance to gain a temporary high. Like for example, one who is dependent on an opioid analgesic like morphine may not just be fully dependent on that certain drug. It is most likely that he would be dependent on other narcotics like codeine, which is pretty much similar to morphine because they belong to the same classification of drugs. That addict may experience the same type of high when he gets his hands on cough syrups, for example, where codeine is the number one component of that certain medication.

Addicts may be aware of the fact that they have become addicted to a certain drug or substance because they know from first hand experience how difficult it is to see their lives fall apart. When a person becomes an addict, a compulsion to obtain the source of high would me more important than anything like school, work or family. Even if they are pretty much aware of that fact, the compulsion becomes too overwhelming to resist. Because of this, some may try various ways on how to cope. While some may deny their addiction, some would resort to rationalizing and justifying their actions and say, “It’s not as bad as it looks”.

For instance, An alcoholic who knows that they are addicted to booze would likely go out and drink in the bar about would most likely say “no” when he is invited to take in substances like ecstasy sold on that bar. But that same addict would probably attempt to have a little taste of it out of curiosity. If that certain taste would indulge him as it takes him to a new kind of trip, he would likely take more that just a quick taste; but may continue popping more and more pills. One the other hand, an addict addicted to a certain substance might use drugs to get high, but might not take in alcohol, or resort to drinking just a little without the purpose of getting drunk.

Other types of addiction aside from substance abuse may also pose some manifestations similar to that as well. For instance, since there is a direct link between eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa to other obsessive compulsive disorders, there is a chance that the preoccupation with body image may be displaced with other imperfections as well. If someone suffering from OCD cannot relieve herself from anxiety (due to imperfections and flaws,) chances are, she might blame herself for it and might resort to an eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa characterized by binging and purging results from the preoccupation with low self-esteem that can only be undone through forced purging. Some studies have shown that these preoccupations may have resulted from being a sufferer of OCD, anorexia nervosa and depression as well especially because treatments and counseling are often either unavailable or ineffective.

In treating addiction regardless of whatever form it takes, it is important to know that addiction is not to be taken lightly because it can take over people’s lives. It is very important to accept one’s addiction so treatment can be started. Ask your doctor about it.

Five Signs Of Prescription Drug Addiction

Vicodin is a brand name for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocondone. This powerful pain killer is semi-synthetic that is derived from two naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. The drug hydrocondone binds to the pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord, subsequently reducing the sensation of pain.

Acetaminophen can control the production of prostaglandins, which cause pain. Vicodin is perfectly safe as long as it taken as prescribed. If Vicodin is taken in a larger dose or for longer than the prescribed duration, it is addictive.

Vicodin comes in tablet, capsule and liquid form.

This drug is becoming one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States. Its misuse is as harmful as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Effects of Vicodin

Vicodin is similar to codeine and is almost equal in strength to morphine in producing opiate-like effects. Continuous use may result in requiring larger and larger doses to achieve the same effect. Long term use can result in physical dependence. The body adapts to the substance and withdrawal symptoms occur if the presence of the drug is removed.

Symptoms of Addiction

Unfortunately, many people who are addicted to Vicodin are also addicted to other substances. One indicator is alcoholism or addiction to another substance. Studies show that 83% of Vicodin addicts are addicted to some other substance as well. Also, most often the addicted person is someone who can afford to pay for medication or is privately insured.

Vicodin is use to the treatment of pain. For this reason, people who can afford to seek medical treatment are more likely to become addicted. The most common source of pain reported is in the head and neck. Though the medical issue was addressed when the patients complained to their physicians, addiction was not a concern. Using Vicodin for chronic pain, real or imaginary, can and has lead to drug addiction. Additionally, patients with chronic pain are at risk for withdrawal from the drug which in many cases can be deadly if the prescription is discontinued for any reason. It is for this reason that many patients who experience chronic illness do not want to use prescription medication.

If the following symptoms are noticed, there is genuine reason to believe the person is addicted to Vicodin:

  • Anxious feeling about getting a prescription refilled before it runs out
  • Tendency to take more of the drug to achieve the desired effect or to take it more often than prescribed
  • Unable to quit the medication even if there is a sincere wish to do so or feeling guilty about taking Vicodin
  • Committing illegal acts to acquire Vicodin such as juggling doctors or buying Vicodin on the street
  • Thinking about the medication upon awakening or the patient’s Vicodin use has become in issue with friends and loved ones.

If any of these apply to you or to someone you love, then you may want to seek treatment for addiction right away. If you think you are addicted either physically or emotionally to Vicodin, talk to your doctor, a counselor or a substance abuse professional as soon as possible to avoid the inescapable dangers of Vicodin addiction. The Farley Center and Williamsburg Place are available to help. Their staff is caring and supportive. They understand and they want to help. Call the Farley Center at (800) 582-6066 for a free assessment interview and to get immediate referrals to a professional in your area.

Cold Medication Can Be Addicting

Cold Medication has been prescribed to you by your doctor because you can’t get any sleep due to your heavy coughing. You doctor assures you that this will work and you will get the rest you need to help you get over your irritating cold. After leaving the doctor’s office you take the prescription to the pharmacy and get it filled. On the way home you open the bottle and take some not wanting to wait to start feeling better. Once you are at home you read the instructions and take the prescribed amount and lay down to rest. Within forty-five minutes you do start feeling better and you are a bit drowsy.

The cold medication prescribed to you by your doctor contains codeine, a derivative of opium. Codeine is opium and therefore a narcotic which when taken orally passes through the liver on its way to the brain. When codeine reaches the brain it is converted to morphine which slows you’re coughing and takes away your pain. When someone is miserable with a cold and a tablespoon of medication makes you feel a little better the temptation is to take some more. The combination of a strong narcotic and feeling better can lead to addiction.

When the cold medication is gone and you feel tired and irritable you may assume that you still have the offending cold when in reality your body has become dependent on the codeine. Codeine is strong enough that Heroin Addicts can use it to lessen the withdrawal when they need a fix. I am not suggesting that someone who uses cough medicine is an addict but prolonged use of any narcotic can lead to a stay in a Drug Detox