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Who Is at Risk for Abusing Hydrocodone/APAP?

Some people feel that anyone who takes hydrocodone/APAP long enough will become addicted to it. However, most healthcare providers believe that only certain people are inclined toward drug or alcohol abuse, and only those people are at significant risk for hydrocodone/APAP abuse. However, the problem is in predicting who might develop a problem and who is not at risk. Having a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse, or even having a family history of such abuse, increases your risk for problems with hydrocodone/APAP abuse. People with mental illness may also be at risk for drug or alcohol abuse, as these substances can be used to "self-medicate" the mental illness symptoms.
 

Possible Consequences of Hydrocodone/APAP Abuse

The physical consequences of hydrocodone/APAP abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. High doses of acetaminophen (one of the components of hydrocodone/APAP) are likely to cause liver failure and death.
 
The emotional and social consequences of hydrocodone/APAP abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.
 

Where to Get Help for Hydrocodone/APAP Abuse

Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help with hydrocodone/APAP abuse or addiction. He or she will be able to help you deal with the problem or may suggest other resources for you.
 
Depending on the situation, the first step in treating hydrocodone/APAP abuse may be to slowly decrease the dose and attempt to treat withdrawal symptoms (see Hydrocodone/APAP Withdrawal). This process of detoxification could then be followed with one of many behavioral therapies. Contingency management, for example, improves treatment outcomes by enabling people to earn vouchers for drug-free urine tests; the vouchers can be exchanged for items that promote healthy living. Cognitive behavioral therapies, which teach people skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems, are proving beneficial. Recovery support groups may also be effective in conjunction with behavioral therapy.
 
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