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Vicodin Addiction Treatment and Rehab
Vicodin addiction, side affects and it’s medical use
Vicodin is a drug that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen that helps patients cope with the pain of an injury or surgery. The Vicodin is prescribed by a physician and is given in carefully monitored doses to balance pain management with the patient being able to function. Frequently, users of the drug experience a sense of well being or euphoria after taking the drug.
Vicodin and other hydrocodone pain medications are part of the opioid family, which is derived from the poppy plant. The drug works by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal system and “tricking” the body into feeling pleasure instead of pain. The resulting sensations allow patients to recover from injuries without having to endure high levels of pain.
Like many other members of the opioid family, the short-term side effects are minimal when the drug is used as recommended by a physician. These symptoms include constipation, dizziness and drowsiness. However, when long-term abuse and Vicodin addiction come into play, the symptoms can be quite severe. They include paranoia, anxiety, irregular heartbeats, depressed breathing and dangerously high body temperature.
A recent SAMHSA survey shows that prescription drugs, such as Vicodin, are quickly becoming used as a recreational drug around the country. In fact, prescription drugs are second only to marijuana when it comes to use in the United States. Drugs like Vicodin are easy for many people to obtain, from teens to adult, because a family doctor can easily write prescriptions. A 2009 survey showed that 56% of non-medical prescription drug users got their drugs for free from a friend or family member.
Vicodin addiction is typically not noticed as quickly or easily as addiction to other, illicit drugs because many times, the user was originally prescribed the medication to cope with legitimate pain, but at some point, their tolerance exceed the amount allotted by their doctor and they began abusing their Vicodin prescription. Prescription drug addicts frequent practice “doctor shopping,” when they visit several doctors to get more than one prescription for the same drug in order to achieve the high that they need from the Vicodin.
Vicodin withdrawl symtoms
When a Vicodin addict makes the decision to quit, they must first endure a period of detoxification, in which they will exhibit various withdrawal symptoms. Those include restlessness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cold flashes, insomnia, severe muscle and bone pain and involuntary leg movements. These withdrawal symptoms can last up to a week, but they typically peak between 48 to 72 hours after the last dose of Vicodin is administered.
In addition to initial detox, many recovering addicts find it helpful to go through several course of methadone treatment in order to completely wean their body from reliance on opioids. The methadone attaches to receptors in the body, but it does not produce the same high that Vicodin does, so users are able to maintain a normal, functional baseline throughout the day.
Vicodin Addiction Treatment at Florida rehab centers – Challenges
Challenges is a nationally recognized center for the treatment of substance abuse, addictions, dual diagnoses and relapse prevention. Our treatment programs are specifically designed to help you or your loved ones safely free from the addiction of Vicodin.
We have a wide variety of treatment programs available, including neurofeedback, massage, yoga, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing alumni services and technology-enhanced aftercare to ensure continued recovery and support
The Challenges staff is highly trained and we are one of the oldest addiction treatment and relapse prevention centers, not only in the State of Florida, but also in the United States. If you or someone you love is struggling with a Vicodin addiction, we can help. If detox is needed, we can attend the needs of our client.
We believe that “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide support and assistance necessary to back that up. Our mission is to provide clients with the tools they need to help them identify their own particular warning signs and trigger mechanisms.