7 Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder, which is more colloquially known as drug addiction, is a serious mental...
Vicodin is a prescription opioid-based painkiller containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. While acetaminophen is not known to be addictive, hydrocodone belongs to the class of prescription pain medication known as opioids, which are known to be frequently abused.
Vicodin use works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, and is typically prescribed after a surgery or an injury to treat moderate to severe pain. Sometimes, you may also hear of Vicodin among the medications prescribed to patients with chronic pain in order to enhance their quality of life.
But in addition to masking pain, Vicodin produces feelings of relaxation and euphoria. This can lead people to abuse it. In fact, Vicodin is one of the most abused prescription drugs on the market.
Not all people who use or abuse Vicodin will develop a Vicodin addiction. Some people are more susceptible than others due to biological and environmental factors. But for this latter group, what starts out as normal, prescribed use can evolve into Vicodin abuse, addiction (compulsive use), and physical dependence (reliance on the drug to avoid uncomfortable Vicodin withdrawal symptoms).
Others intentionally abuse Vicodin to get high, often not realizing how addictive it is. After consistent Vicodin abuse or abuse of similar prescription painkillers, chemical dependency can develop relatively quickly.
Chemical dependency means that the individual not only needs Vicodin to get high but to avoid the negative consequences of not using Vicodin, which are referred to as withdrawal symptoms. These can include physical symptoms like nausea and vomiting, which in severe cases can cause dehydration, as well as dangerous mental symptoms like mood swings and suicidal depression, so they are likely best addressed in a treatment center.
Most people who are chemically dependent on Vicodin will need the help of a professional treatment center to quit. But if you’re suffering with a Vicodin addiction, don’t let fear of withdrawals stop you from getting the help you need. Instead, you can begin your Vicodin abuse recovery process by seeking treatment in a qualified rehab center, where you will be able to access detox services.
At rehab centers, medical personnel can monitor your withdrawal symptoms, and may be able to offer appropriate prescription medication to relieve them. A patient who is medically monitored in this way may be less likely to relapse than one who tries to detox outside of a treatment center, where they will not be under supervision and will have no one to keep them accountable.
But detox is only the beginning of the therapeutic process. Typically, treatment for addiction to Vicodin will continue in a dedicated drug abuse treatment center. Vicodin addiction treatment offered in these treatment centers may consist of any of a number of different types of treatment.
Typically, a primary counselor will work with each incoming patient to develop his or her treatment plan based on his or her individual needs. However, individual therapy sessions will probably be at the core of this treatment plan.
Group therapy opportunities are also usually a major part of treatment for addiction to Vicodin. In group therapy sessions, each patient will have the chance to process their experiences during the course of their Vicodin addiction by discussing them with other patients at their rehab centers who have had similar experiences.
Family therapy sessions may also be offered during treatment for Vicodin abuse. This method involves family members in the treatment process, thus allowing those family members to process their own feelings about their loved one’s substance abuse and the family to develop a new, less toxic dynamic.
A family program can also help family members to gain a better understanding of their loved one’s substance use disorder, thus enabling them to serve as more dependable source of emotional support to their family member.
Treatment for addiction to Vicodin should also incorporate treatment for any co occurring disorders that may have played a part in triggering the person’s Vicodin use. Mental illness and alcohol and drug abuse tend to co-occur frequently, and effective treatment options must address these underlying issues in order to put patients back on the path to a stable, recovered life.
Medication management services are also among the types of treatment sometimes offered for prescription drug abuse. In the case of addiction to Vicodin, certain medications may help foster a sober life by reducing drug cravings.
Along with the above methods, treatment types may incorporate holistic and experiential therapies that help heal the “whole person” rather than narrowly focusing on drug or alcohol abuse. After individuals receive treatment, their treatment centers should also aid them in discharge planning to help prepare them for life after addiction treatment.
Clients who successfully complete our Vicodin detox program often move into a residential or outpatient treatment program at our Delray Beach facility, which offers comprehensive outpatient services.
RECO Intensive is a leading provider of addiction treatment that offers care in a safe, welcoming environment. Our clinical staff and counseling specialists create personalized treatment plans tailored to each client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our treatment options include:
Our evidence-based Vicodin addiction programs in Delray Beach may include a combination of individual, group, and family counseling, as well as medication management for those who need it. We also offer Vivitrol treatment for opioid dependence, and our staff is trained to treat clients with co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression.
It’s possible to break free from Vicodin addiction. We can help. Call RECO Intensive today at 561-501-2439 or contact us here now to learn more about Vicodin addiction treatment, learn more about our rehab center in Delray Beach, FL, and learn how you can start the recovery process for you or your loved one today. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
Discover a better life and call our recovery helpline today.