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Help for Norco Addicts

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Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. Norco is a narcotic and is associated with an increased risk for abuse, dependence, and addiction.

There are several treatment options available for recovery from addiction, which target both the psychological and physiological drug dependence associated with addiction.

Is It Addictive?

Norco is the brand name for a prescription medication combining the following drugs:

  • Hydrocodone – Similar to codeine, this drug is an opiate narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) and antitussive (cough suppressant).
  • Acetaminophen – This drug is an anti-pyretic (fever reducing) analgesic, and often acts as a supplemental agent to enhance the pain-relieving effects of other drugs.

Norco is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that:

  • It carries a high potential for abuse.
  • It may lead to psychological and/or physical dependence.

While psychological dependence is unlikely to develop with only short-term use of the drug, repeated administration of the medication, especially at doses higher than recommended, can significantly increase this risk.

What are the Signs of Addiction?

Addiction to a substance is the result of both physical and psychological dependence on the drug.

Common Signs of Norco Addiction

Some of the most common signs of addiction include:


  • Changes in mood, including irritability, depression, or other unpredictable mood shifts.
  • Erratic behavior.
  • Loss of interest in usual or previously pleasurable activities.
  • Social withdrawal or isolation.
  • Changes in interpersonal relationships.
  • Obsession with the drug.
  • Excessive sleepiness.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when Norco use stops.
  • Altering the prescribed dose (taking more than what is prescribed).
  • Using the drug for recreation or without a prescription.
  • Using additional substances—such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or stimulants—at the same time to enhance the effects of the drug.
  • Visiting multiple doctors to obtain Norco prescriptions – a phenomenon sometimes referred to as “doctor shopping”.

Hydrocodone addiction doesn’t have to control your life. If you or someone you know is battling a Norco dependency, get help today. Call 1-888-708-0796 to discuss treatment options.

Am I Addicted to Norco?

One of the most obvious signs that you may be struggling with Norco addiction is an obsessive mental preoccupation with the drug. For example:

  • You may find yourself constantly thinking and obsessing about taking the drug.
  • You may spend a large portion of your time attempting to obtain the drug.
  • Norco use may become a top priority – above family, friends, and even their career.
  • You may isolate yourself socially.
  • Your mood and behavior may become erratic and unpredictable.

Addiction Treatment

Given that Norco addiction has both psychological and physical components, it is important that the treatment program address both.

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Recovery from opiate addiction is not easily done alone. There are a number of treatment options available to assist you with recovering from addiction to this drug and reclaiming your life.

Don’t continue suffering alone. Call  to find treatment and put addiction behind you for good.

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Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for DrugAbuse.com. She holds a bachelor's degree and has reviewed thousands of medical articles on substance abuse and addiction.
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