Treatment for Vicodin Addiction

The best chance for successful Vicodin rehabilitation is with professional help. Once a safe, supervised withdrawal period has ended, a sustainable recovery program can begin. Individual therapy, support groups, and clinical intervention in an inpatient treatment center can be a great beginning to an individual’s recovery journey.

Recovery at Beachway

Beachway Therapy Center offers a continuum of care from Detox to Outpatient to ensure that every patient gets the tools they need to live a happy, healthy life after they complete treatment.  Beachway’s Florida campus provides a serene, structured environment to allow patients to identify and address the underlying issues that may have led to their addictive behaviors.  A holistic, dual-diagnosis treatment center, Beachway’s therapists are adept at working with patients to help them heal and lead sober satisfying lives.

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What Is Vicodin?

Vicodin, an opioid narcotic medication, is the brand name of a drug that contains Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen.  Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication, while Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic pain reliever. Classed as “Schedule II” by the United States. While the substance is considered legal, it is a controlled substance, meaning it can only be used under certain circumstances, usually medical. A schedule II drug means that while the medical profession recognizes the drug’s usefulness, it also acknowledges a high potential for developing a physical addiction. Vicodin is prescribed for short-term acute pain, typically after an injury or surgery.  In some cases, it can be used to treat chronic pain for longer periods of time.

Vicodin Addiction

All opiates and opioids are physically addictive. This means that when used long enough, the chemicals used to relieve pain eventually replace the normal neurochemicals the body produces, and the body develops a dependency, appetite, and craving similar to the craving for food or water. The body now believes it needs the drug, and subsequently, addicts will pursue the satisfaction of their addiction in the same way any person would struggle to avoid starvation.

It will often be advised to take this powerful drug only for short-term use, usually after some injury has been sustained or recovery from a major surgery where recovery could prove painful.   However, as with many drugs, there is a “plateau effect” where, as a body adjusts to the presence in the system, it develops a tolerance for its effects. This means that to achieve the same effect as the first few times a dose was taken, larger amounts need to be ingested. Also, as with other opioids, it can produce a “euphoric” effect, an emotional sense of well-being, happiness, or even joy. This combination of making people feel emotionally good while also creating a physical craving in the body is why addiction is a real risk that may require professional treatment.

Vicodin Withdrawal & Detox

The symptoms of withdrawal from Vicodin may be why so many people find it hard to stop taking it.  While the symptoms of withdrawal are not life-threatening they can be a great cause of distress.

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • anxiety and agitation
  • yawning
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • cramps
  • diarrhea

Withdrawal Treatment

Patients who choose to recover in an inpatient treatment facility may be given medications to ease the discomfort associated with Vicodin withdrawal.  A doctor may prescribe buprenorphine as a safe and effective replacement medication.  Patients need to disclose to their doctor all medications that they are taking as there may be some complications when medications are taken simultaneously.  Although it is difficult to give a definitive timeline for when Vicodin withdrawal symptoms will cease, the detox phase of recovery will typically only last as long as 7 – 10 days.

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