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What are the signs of vicodin addiction?
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Addiction?
True addiction is the psychological need for the effects that a drug does for you.
If you "need" it because the pain is not controlled without it, is not an addiction. It is a medical need for the clinical benefits of an agent. Diabetics are not "addicted" to Insulin but they "need" it to control their medical problem. If you feel that you "need" the med for anything other than for pain, seek tx.

In brief: Addiction?
True addiction is the psychological need for the effects that a drug does for you.
If you "need" it because the pain is not controlled without it, is not an addiction. It is a medical need for the clinical benefits of an agent. Diabetics are not "addicted" to Insulin but they "need" it to control their medical problem. If you feel that you "need" the med for anything other than for pain, seek tx.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Adverse Consequences
If you find yourself skipping important obligations or commiting crimes to get your medication, you are probably addicted.
On the other hand, if you have a legitimate pain problem that is not adequately treated you might resort to those same things. See an addiction specialist or if your problem is legitmately pain-related, a pain specialist.

In brief: Adverse Consequences
If you find yourself skipping important obligations or commiting crimes to get your medication, you are probably addicted.
On the other hand, if you have a legitimate pain problem that is not adequately treated you might resort to those same things. See an addiction specialist or if your problem is legitmately pain-related, a pain specialist.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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David Miller
Family Medicine
In brief: Dependence
If you are taking vicodin for chronic pain, then you will develop a physical dependence.
If you stop taking it you will start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This is normal and very different from a true addiction, which includes drug-seeking behaviors and other problems. If you feel it is becoming a problem, you can discuss other pain-control strategies with your doc.

In brief: Dependence
If you are taking vicodin for chronic pain, then you will develop a physical dependence.
If you stop taking it you will start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This is normal and very different from a true addiction, which includes drug-seeking behaviors and other problems. If you feel it is becoming a problem, you can discuss other pain-control strategies with your doc.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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