Hydrocodone was once the most prescribed and abused narcotic.
Throughout the early days of the current opioid crisis, before experts were fully aware of OxyContin and oxycodone being a threat, hydrocodone was the opioid of choice for many. Doctors and dentists freely prescribed it with little concern for the risk of abuse and addiction. It is available in many forms, Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, and many more. Hydrocodone is even the main ingredient in several cough syrups. Because of the high availability of hydrocodone, many people developed addictions to it. Thankfully, as you can hear in hydrocodone recovery stories, many have also recovered from hydrocodone addiction.
The rise and fall of hydrocodone.
Why was hydrocodone the most prescribed opioid in history? As has been discussed on various hydrocodone addiction podcasts, it was due to several factors. First, in the early part of the new millennium, doctors were encouraged to treat pain more aggressively with opioid medicines. In fact, there were stories in the media of doctors being disciplined for not prescribing adequate pain meds to treat moderate to severe pain. As doctors became more comfortable with opioid prescribing, inevitably, they would turn first to the opioids that were less restricted by the federal government. Hydrocodone was a Schedule 3 narcotic, meaning it could be prescribed with less restrictions than “stronger” opioids, such as oxycodone. A patient could even be given up to six months of refills of hydrocodone. Hence, Vicodin and similar brand name meds were being prescribed for everything from a dental cavity to a twisted ankle.
How law changes our perspective.
As the opioid crisis progressed and awareness of opioid addiction increased, the government raised the level of control of hydrocodone meds. Now, hydrocodone is a Schedule 2 drug. This puts it in the same category as OxyContin, morphine, and even cocaine. As you will hear in hydrocodone recovery stories as told in a group meeting or on a hydrocodone recovery podcast, hydrocodone was always a highly addictive drug with a high abuse potential. The difference is now, the law and hydrocodone’s legal status better reflects the risks associated with hydrocodone-containing drugs.
Where can I find hydrocodone addiction podcasts to learn more about this subject?
If you are interested in hearing moving and motivational hydrocodone recovery stories on a hydrocodone recovery podcast, all you have to do is search in your podcast app for a podcast that meets your needs. You may even be interested in learning more about the history of hydrocodone addiction. For example, in Texas, there was great concern over the prescribing of hydrocodone drugs in conjunction with drugs such as Xanax and Soma. Some law enforcement specialists called this combo, “The Holy Trinity”. While there were outlying rogue doctors who prescribed recklessly, the bigger problem may have been due to the many dentists doling out prescriptions for 12-15 tablets at a time after giving a filling or root canal. Similarly, there were many family doctors who believed that it was not a problem to give out monthly prescriptions for 60-120 tablets to patients with chronic pain. The problem was when these bottles sat in medicine cabinets, easily accessible to children, teens, and family members who thought it would be fine to experiment with someone else’s prescribed medication.
If you are recovering from hydrocodone addiction, focus on the positive stories.
While learning about how so many people became addicted to hydrocodone is fascinating, if you are recovering from hydrocodone addiction yourself, I recommend focusing on hydrocodone addiction podcasts that feature more in the way of positive recovery messages. If you listen to stories of recovery from hydrocodone addiction, you will come to believe that it is possible for you to recover as well and live the best possible life, free of opiates and opioids.