Vicodin is a prescription opioid medication that is commonly prescribed to provide moderate to severe pain relief. Specifically, it contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, which is what makes it so effective at treating pain. It’s also a Schedule II controlled substance. Similar to other opioids and prescription painkillers, Vicodin is extremely addictive, especially when used for an extended period of time or when used recreationally. 

Learn about the addiction symptoms commonly associated with Vicodin, the risks involved with taking it, and the withdrawal side effects. 

Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction

Addiction to Vicodin can include both physical dependence and psychological factors, which can result in some or all of the below symptoms. Many people inaccurately assume that because Vicodin is a prescription pain reliever, addiction is not possible – but this is not true. The symptoms of Vicodin use (and ultimately abusing Vicodin) can be severe.


Individuals who are addicted to Vicodin might feel intense cravings for the drug, whether or not they need it for pain relief.

Doctor Shopping

Visiting multiple doctors to access larger amounts of Vicodin is common.

Increased Tolerance

Over time, individuals who take Vicodin on a daily basis will need higher doses of the drug to achieve the same effects as when they first began taking it.

Unable To Quit

It might become difficult to discontinue the use of Vicodin, even when individuals want to quit taking it. Even if the drug use is causing financial difficulties or problems with relationships, individuals might still have a hard time quitting.

Avoiding Social Activities

Individuals might withdraw from friends and family and isolate themselves.

Changes in Mood

Changes in mood are a common symptom of addiction, with emotions ranging from anxious to depressed and irritable.

The above are just some of the symptoms associated with Vicodin addiction. The exact symptoms can vary based on each individual’s specific usage of the drug, genetics, and current health.

Side Effects of Vicodin Abuse

Vicodin abuse can cause serious side effects and potentially harm an individual’s health. This can include an increased risk of:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Digestive conditions
  • Seizures
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple forms of cancer
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Vicodin overdose

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

If you abuse Vicodin, it can result in experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms (in addition to the above). These symptoms can occur even if discontinuing use for several hours or days and can be similar to heroin withdrawal. 

This can include difficulty sleeping, nausea, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, panic attacks, and many other issues. How severe symptoms are will depend on how long Vicodin has been used, the amount that was typically used, and current health. 

Inpatient Drug Rehab for Vicodin Addiction

Luckily, treatment is available for Vicodin addiction. Inpatient drug rehab is known for being extremely effective at addressing Vicodin addiction and helping individuals access the tools they need to maintain sobriety. From individualized treatment plans tailored to meet each person’s needs, to detox and evidence-based therapies (including individual and group sessions) and holistic therapies, 12-step programs, and community-based support groups, there’s a custom plan for everyone at every stage of their Vicodin addiction. 

If you experience any of the below, you might benefit from an inpatient drug rehab program:

  • Are experiencing psychological distress or physical distress due to your addiction
  • Have minimal to no support at home or in the community
  • Need intensive, around-the-clock support that outpatient rehab and intensive outpatient rehab services can provide
  • Have never received addiction treatment from a rehab center or have tried outpatient rehab with no success

By receiving professional support at a drug rehab facility, individuals are less likely to relapse and can receive the help they need to overcome their addiction. 

Does Insurance Cover Drug Rehab?

Whether or not your insurance policy covers the costs of drug rehab will depend on your specific policy. At Gloria Rehab, we accept insurance from many major providers, including but not limited to Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, and several others. To determine if your insurance is accepted, complete our insurance verification form. 

Get Vicodin Addiction Treatment Today

Ready to start the path to healing and recovering from Vicodin addiction? Our team at Gloria Rehab is here to help you live a happy, healthy life. Each of our evidence-based therapies and programs provides patients with a unique and individualized approach to care in a supportive, compassionate environment for those struggling with a substance use disorder. We’re also available to answer any questions you might have related to our substance abuse treatment programs, mental health services, and health insurance coverage.

Contact us today to begin the addiction treatment process.