Are you getting your wisdom teeth out soon? Ouch! Wisdom tooth removal can be painful — many oral surgeons who perform wisdom teeth extraction use Vicodin to help with post-surgical pain. If you’re wondering whether Vicodin is a good fit for you, it’s important to talk to your oral surgeon about alternative methods of pain relief. If you’ve ever struggled with substance about, this is especially important. Many people who end up needing the services of a prescription drug addiction rehab center started taking painkillers as prescribed by a doctor. Vicodin and wisdom teeth removal seem to go hand in hand, but there are alternatives.
What Is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a combination of two medications: acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever). The opioid aspect of Vicodin provides both pain relief and a euphoric sensation. Many people who have their wisdom teeth extracted rely on Vicodin for pain relief to sleep or go about their daily activities. While Vicodin can be an effective pain reliever, it is also highly addictive. Therefore, if you think you might struggle with sticking to your surgeon’s recommendations for Vicodin use, talk with them about pain relief alternatives.
Vicodin and Addiction
The hydrocodone in Vicodin binds to the opioid receptors in your brain, creating a pain-free, euphoric effect. For many people, the body quickly builds a tolerance to the positive effects of Vicodin, resulting in needing to use more and more of the drug to get the same effect. While tolerance is not the same thing as addiction, it quickly leads to addiction.
If you think your wisdom teeth extraction is causing Vicodin addiction, you need to be on the lookout for Vicodin addiction warning signs, including:
- Using more of the drug than prescribed
- Feeling cravings for more Vicodin
- Getting Vicodin illegally
- Needing Vicodin to function, even after your wisdom tooth surgical pain has dissipated
You’re not alone struggling with Vicodin addiction. Many people never intended to become addicted to opioids but found themselves struggling to get off of pain pills. If you’re struggling with addiction, there’s no reason to feel ashamed. Many qualified rehabilitation centers understand how easy it is to fall into addiction. Recovery is possible, but you have to be willing to do the hard work. It may not be your fault you fell into an addiction to Vicodin after wisdom teeth extraction. However, it is your responsibility to do something about the problem.
Struggling With Addiction? Bayview Recovery Center Can Help
If you’re struggling with Vicodin addiction, we understand. We’re here to help. Most people taking Vicodin and other painkillers for post-surgical pain never intended to become addicted. It’s not your fault your body builds up a tolerance to the drug. When you’re in the trenches with addiction, you may feel like you don’t have a way out. But this is not true. Recovery is possible, and a qualified rehabilitation center can help you get your life back.
At Atlantic Recovery Center, we offer several different treatment programs to help our clients get back on their feet, including:
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Aftercare program
Call Bayview Recovery
We know that it can be hard to reach out and ask for help. You don’t need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. We’ve heard it all, and we can help. Call Bayview Recovery Center today at 855.478.3650 to talk with us about which of our programs would be a good fit for your needs.