ABOUT VICODIN ADDICTION
Vicodin combines an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever called hydrocodone with a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain, Vicodin works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. Users feel pain-free, calm, and mildly euphoric.
Because a physician prescribes it, many people don’t realize that Vicodin is a highly addictive and potentially dangerous drug. Used in the recommended dosage for the prescribed length of time, Vicodin is a helpful treatment for chronic pain or to help patients recover from surgery. The problem is that tolerance builds quickly, resulting in dependence and addiction—and substance use disorder—in some regular users.
The euphoria caused by Vicodin makes the user want to repeat the experience, leading to increased use or higher doses. And if the body is deprived of its regular dose for even a short time, withdrawal symptoms appear. Vicodin addiction treatment is required to counter the long-term effects of Vicodin abuse, including permanent brain damage, coma, and even death from an overdose.
A FEW SIGNS OF VICODIN USE DISORDER
Are you suffering from Vicodin addiction? Addiction can be insidious and sneak up on you, especially if you take a prescription for a lengthy period. Signs of a Vicodin addiction include:
- Spending a lot of time or effort thinking about or obtaining Vicodin
- Anxiety related to thoughts about running out
- Suffering relationship, financial, or employment loss due to Vicodin use
- Changes in eating habits, sleep patterns, weight, or general health
- Intense cravings
- Loss of interest in activities, hobbies, and relationships you once enjoyed
- Taking more Vicodin than prescribed
- Taking Vicodin in unintended ways, such as liquefying and injecting or crushing and snorting
- Mixing Vicodin with other drugs or alcohol
VICODIN DETOX TREATMENT CENTER
The first step for a user to get their life back is to stop using the drug and eliminate it from the body. This process is known as detox. All recovering addicts undergo a detox, but quitting this dangerous drug without help is not recommended. If you believe that you or a loved one is struggling with a Vicodin addiction, bringing that loved one to our reputable and professional Vicodin detox program is imperative.
Our board-certified physicians and highly qualified nurses provide medically monitored detox for Vicodin addiction. The experienced Buena Vista team determines the optimal detoxification method for each patient based on the severity of their addiction. Our goal is to get the patient through detox as safely and comfortably as possible.
Because Vicodin should never be stopped abruptly, we gradually decrease the dosage. Our team also helps the patient deal with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and may prescribe medications to ease the symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiety
- Increased pain and discomfort
- Muscle aches and pains
- Faster heartbeat
- Fatigue and sleep disruption
- Nausea/vomiting and diarrhea
- Sweating, fever and/or chills
The severity and duration of symptoms can vary between patients because of factors like use history, dosage amounts, and co-occurring medical or mental health conditions.
Medical detox is best for your safety and comfort and removes the chance of relapsing during detoxification. Even the strongest willpower can fail when faced with severe withdrawal symptoms.
Buena Vista presents an opportunity to break the cycle of addiction in a substance-free, structured environment. We also provide a seamless transition into continued Vicodin addiction treatment after detox.
CONTINUING VICODIN ADDICTION TREATMENT AFTER DETOX AT BUENA VISTA
Detoxing from Vicodin is the first step in overcoming addiction, but it’s only the first step. After your body is free of Vicodin, you should continue rehabilitation with behavioral therapy. Buena Vista offers a wide range of therapy programs to help you understand your addiction and how to prevent relapsing.
Through our comprehensive treatment program, you’ll learn about the causes of your addiction and reduce the likelihood of a relapse. Additionally, we’ll help you learn valuable coping tools and create a support network that will help you along your journey to long-term sobriety.
Ready to regain control of your life? Take the first step on your Vicodin detox and recovery journey today.