Vicodin Addiction Treatment

Vicodin is an opioid that is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States and one of the most abused. Vicodin, which is prescribed to treat pain, is the brand name for a drug that is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This drug is highly addictive, even when taken as prescribed, but especially when it’s misused. That’s because of its main ingredient, hydrocodone, which is an opium-derived synthetic substance that mimics the effects of morphine. Hydrocodone targets the brain’s opiate receptors — specifically the mu receptors and kappa receptors in the central nervous system. This leads to pain relief, but also slows breathing, and causes a euphoric high.

Unlike other drugs, most people don’t often take Vicodin to get high. They may accidentally become addicted to the drug if they build up a tolerance it and end up taking more just to feel the same effects. This can lead to people abusing the drug, which puts them at risk of Vicodin addiction.

When people start abusing Vicodin, there are specific symptoms they may show. Some of the effects of Vicodin abuse include:

  • Problems with attention and focus
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Intense mood swings
  • An overall lack of energy
  • Experiencing withdrawal effects when not using the drug

Abusing the drug can lead to Vicodin addiction. Signs of Vicodin addiction include:

  • An obsession with obtaining more Vicodin
  • Taking Vicodin at random times of the day
  • Attempting to obtain multiple prescriptions for Vicodin from different doctors, also known as “doctor shopping”
  • Withdrawal effects

Other signs of Vicodin addiction include medical issues, such as liver damage or failure, due to the acetaminophen in the drug. They can also have issues with their urinary system.

The symptoms of Vicodin addiction can derail a person’s entire life, and make it impossible for them to get through their day without the drug. If a person struggles with Vicodin addiction, they will need to seek treatment.

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Vicodin Addiction Treatment

The withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin addiction can make it difficult for someone to stop taking the drug on their own. Vicodin withdrawal includes flu-like symptoms, such as sweating, muscle aches or nausea, along with anxiety and agitation, and insomnia. While the symptoms are not life-threatening, they can be severe enough that a person may relapse.

That’s why Vicodin addiction treatment should be done with the assistance of medical professionals. One of the first steps of treatment is to go through medical detox, where a person stops using the drug while their withdrawal symptoms are treated. Medical detox, however, is only the first step; counseling and therapy are also needed to treat the effects of Vicodin abuse and addiction. Without therapy to address the reasons someone became addicted to Vicodin in the first place and how to combat addiction, they may not develop the skills needed to stay drug-free.

Treatment should also include treating any co-occurring illnesses. If someone is struggling with addiction, but also has an undiagnosed illness such as depression, their co-occurring illness could lead them to relapse.

Vicodin Addiction Treatment at Sovereign Health

At Sovereign Health of Florida, patients struggling with the effects of Vicodin abuse and addiction can get personalized, comprehensive treatment plan. This treatment plan not only addresses their addiction, but also any co-occurring illnesses, such as depression.

For those seeking medical detox, Sovereign Health of Fort Myers offers patients inpatient detoxification treatment in our residential facilities. In our residential treatment program, patients recover in a relaxing environment while they receive 24/7 medical care for their withdrawal symptoms.

Therapy services are offered at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach facilities, and include individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies, such as yoga or art therapy or equine therapy, are also available. Our therapy services focus not only on addressing addiction, but also will treat any co-occurring illnesses. They also will teach people more about addiction, and the skills they need to learn how to combat the effects of Vicodin abuse.

Once a patient has finished their treatment program at Sovereign Health, their road to recovery is only beginning. To ensure they have recover successfully, we offer our patients a number of continuing care programs, such as meetings and educational events. This way, patients can continue to get the support they need while they work toward living a drug-free and healthy life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with Vicodin addiction, help is available. Contact Sovereign Health’s 24/7 helpline for more information about our treatment programs.

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