Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

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Hydrocodone is an opioid or narcotic, and one of the most prescribed prescription drugs to treat pain or to stop coughing. It’s possibly no surprise it’s one of the most abused prescription drugs, due to the euphoric high it gives people. Hydrocodone is more popularly known by its brand names, including Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and many others.

There are a number of hydrocodone abuse side effects, which include:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Fear and depression
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation

From Helpful Medication To Deadly Addiction

How can a drug that is so addictive be given to people for medical reasons? If taking the drugs as directed by a doctor, there is a low risk hydrocodone addiction. However, many people misuse the drugs, and the risk of developing an addiction to hydrocodone rises. People may not realize they are addicted, so it’s important to know hydrocodone addiction signs. These include:

  • Using hydrocodone without a current, personal prescription
  • Taking too much of the drug in one dose
  • Using hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs
  • Taking hydrocodone beyond its medical necessity
  • Faking injury to obtain more painkiller medication.

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

On the surface, hydrocodone addiction treatment seems easy: A person just has to stop using the drug. However, this is easier said than done, as stopping the use of any drug leads to withdrawal, the symptoms of which can be extremely painful and sometimes deadly. Any person who attempts to stop taking a drug often relapses due to withdrawal symptoms. That’s why health professionals discourage people from going “cold turkey” when trying to stop drug use.

Hydrocodone abuse withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fever
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Body aches and intense sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat

Hydrocodone addiction treatment should be performed with a physician’s help or at a drug treatment center. While the withdrawal symptoms are not as severe as other drugs, medical detox may still be needed to treat hydrocodone addiction. In detox, an individual lessens or stops using a drug while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms and prevent any life-threatening issues.

However, detox is only the first step. Counseling and therapy are also part of hydrocodone abuse treatment. This can help address the reasons a person abused hydrocodone, and counselors and therapists can teach people the tools and skills they need to regain control of their lives and health. Therapy and counseling may be needed to treat any co-occurring disorders as well. A person who has a co-occurring disorder has two illnesses at once, such as hydrocodone addiction and depression. The co-occurring illness can affect a person’s recovery and make them relapse. It needs to be treated at the same time in order to ensure recovery.

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Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment at Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for hydrocodone addiction at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach location. The first step in is to first determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the addiction. We start with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that not only looks at primary symptoms but any underlying ones as well. Since no two patients can receive the same treatment, we create customized treatment plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life and health.

If detox is needed, patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers rehab center. They may choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24-7 hour medical and nonmedical care in an environment that promotes healing and recovery.

Once they finish detox, patients can then seek therapy and counseling at both of our Florida locations. Based on their treatment plan, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy.

Once they’ve went through rehab, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to a drug-free, healthy life.

For more information about our hydrocodone addiction treatment at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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