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Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin Addiction Treatment at Promises

In many cases people are prescribed Vicodin after an accident or surgery, and over time they become dependent on the drug.  Vicodin addiction treatment seeks to restore balance by first detoxing the client from the opiate, then helping them find alternative ways to deal with the chronic pain and restore physical and mental health. Vicodin withdrawal can include depression, muscle and joint pain, heart palpitations, sweating, diarrhea, nausea, hypertension, fever and insomnia. Research-backed medications may be used during the detox period to help ease Vicodin withdrawal.

Treatment of Vicodin addiction and other forms of opioid abuse may include medications to help a person overcome abusive patterns of opioid intake as well as behavioral counseling or psychotherapy. Potential medication options may include naltrexone (a substance that blocks the brain effects of opioids) and buprenorphine (a fairly weak opioid substance that acts as a temporary replacement for Vicodin in order to help people in recovery avoid some of the distress of Vicodin withdrawal). Vicodin addiction treatment is tailored to each client and includes individual and group therapy and a selection of traditional and alternative therapies.

About Vicodin

Vicodin is the brand name of a prescription medication that combines the opioid narcotic painkiller hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Vicodin addiction has increased dramatically over the last decade, and many addiction specialists have become alarmed at the number of people seeking Vicodin addiction treatment. Doctors may prescribe this medication for people dealing with the effects of moderate or severe levels of pain. Unfortunately, Vicodin use comes with substantial risks for drug abuse, and significant numbers of Vicodin abusers develop the symptoms of drug addiction. Doctors diagnose Vicodin addiction under a condition called opioid use disorder.

Hydrocodone (the main ingredient in Vicodin) is legally prescribed for pain relief. As an analgesic, it alters the way the human brain reacts to pain without anesthetic effects. Hydrocodone is also a narcotic and thus habit forming. Hydrocodone is ingestible in pill form, snorted in crushed form, or dissolved in water and injected. Hydrocodone can be found in many prescription painkiller medications, including:

  • Anexsia
  • Anolor DH5
  • Bancap HC
  • Dicodid
  • Dolacet
  • Hycodan
  • Hycomine
  • Lorcet (Loricet)
  • Lorcet HD (Loricet HD)
  • Lorcet Plus (Loricet Plus)
  • Lortab (Loritab)
  • Lortab Elixir (Loritab Elixir)
  • Norco
  • T-Gesic
  • Tussionex
  • Vicodin
  • Vicodin ES
  • Vicodin HP
  • Vicoprofen
  • Zydone

Often the client will recognize in treatment that they were chasing more than pain relief. They at some point found the drug made them feel differently – and that was a feeling they liked. People with chronic pain may need to find a level of pain relief that is sufficient to live fully without blunting their ability to think clearly. By using non-addictive medications (e.g., SSRIs), acupuncture, meditation, yoga, Pilates, and other alternative treatments, chronic pain can be controlled without addictive opiates.

Effects of Vicodin

Vicodin is a medicinal opioid and binds to receptors in the central nervous system that typically bind with the body’s own physiological opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins. Vicodin (and other opioids) is frequently abused because overuse of medicinal opioids provides effects beyond pain relief and create feelings of euphoria.

As an individual continues to use Vicodin, the body develops a tolerance to its effects (including therapeutic benefits) and increasing amounts must be taken to produce the same effects. Furthermore, the brain slows or even stops endorphin production, resulting in acute pain without it. Because Vicodin is bound to acetaminophen, long-term use is particularly damaging and may include liver problems, hearing loss, nausea, headaches and chronic constipation and other Vicodin withdrawal symptoms.

Vicodin Addiction

It’s not possible to separate the euphoria-producing effects of Vicodin from the medication’s pain-relieving effects. In some cases, prescription users of Vicodin start abusing it in an attempt to experience its euphoric impact again and again over time. Some prescription users of Vicodin also start abusing the medication in an effort to access more of the medication’s painkilling effects. In addition, some people who don’t have a Vicodin prescription begin taking the medication strictly for recreational purposes.

In all of these situations, repeated exposure to Vicodin can trigger long-term changes in the brain’s chemical mixture. Vicodin addiction sets in when a dependent individual develops strong cravings for its continued use, starts to build up tolerance to its effects, develops Vicodin withdrawal symptoms when brain levels of the medication run low, can’t control his or her level of Vicodin intake and develops a pattern of Vicodin-oriented behavior that remains in effect even when it causes serious disruptions to everyday routines and obligations. People who abuse Vicodin may use it with alcohol and other substances, further increasing its dangers. Vicodin can also be a gateway drug to heroin, which is often easier and cheaper to obtain when prescriptions for Vicodin run out.

Signs that Vicodin addiction treatment is needed include:

  • Developing a tolerance (needing increased amounts of Vicodin to get the same effects)
  • Doctor shopping for additional Vicodin prescriptions
  • Using more Vicodin than prescribed
  • Combining Vicodin with alcohol or other drugs
  • Inability to quit using Vicodin
  • Financial, legal or relationship problems due to use of the drug
  • Experiencing Vicodin withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, confusion, convulsions, headaches, blurred vision and constipation

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