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Vicodin Overview

Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Both medicines are pain killers. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Vicodin Abuse Treatment

Opiate replacement therapy – Methadone or Suboxone, ideally combined with ongoing addiction treatment

Opiate detox followed by participation in a residential or outpatient addiction treatment program

Not recommended: Most people feel like if only they could break free from these pills for a few days and get past the physical withdrawal symptoms, they’d be able to stay drug free for good. Unfortunately, without addiction treatment, this is rarely the case. Medical detox only (or ultra rapid detox only protocols) may get you drug free in a few days, but without further and continuing participation in an addiction treatment program, you are very likely to succumb to drug cravings and relapse back to use. Medical detox programs or ultra rapid detox are not truly forms of addiction but rather programs that get you ready to participate in addiction treatment – alone, they teach you nothing about avoiding relapse.

Opiate Replacement Programs: Methadone or Suboxone

Research shows that people who combine effective medications with ongoing addiction treatment generally have the best chances for long term recovery* and that people who stick with an opiate replacement program for at least a year are far more likely than those who try an un-medicated recovery to maintain abstinence from opiates. Methadone and Suboxone are medications that work as substitutes for Vicodin in your brain. When you take methadone or Suboxone instead of taking Vicodin each day, you will:

  • Not feel withdrawal symptoms
  • Not feel drug cravings
  • Not get high
  • Be able to function normally once again

Vicodin Signs of Abuse

The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse are:

  • Appearing drowsy
  • An obsession with procuring and consuming Vicodin
  • An inability to focus on a given task
  • Extreme anxiety and paranoia
  • Severe mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting

Effects of Vicodin Abuse

Effects of Vicodin abuse, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:

  • The urge to take more Vicodin than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Severe constipation
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Sweating and a runny nose
  • Goosebumps
  • Agitation

Vicodin Abuse Statistics

These Vicodin facts and statistics paint a picture of the problems of abuse in the United States:

  • Hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the country, with more than 139 million prescriptions filled during 2010

  • Of all of the prescriptions containing hydrocodone, the most frequently prescribed are those that combine it with acetaminophen under the brand names of Vicodin or Lortab

  • In 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported more than 27,000 exposures and more than 30 deaths from products containing hydrocodone

  • According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 23 million adults and children over the age of 12 had taken some form of hydrocodone at least once in their lifetime for nonmedical purposes


References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Individualized detox protocols are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. As part of our holistic approach, our detox incorporates traditional detox with biofeedback sessions.

Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

Our treatment model is rooted in the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever we can to prepare our clients for life outside of treatment.

In addition to our traditional therapeutic treatments we offer holistic and alternative therapies such as: yoga, chiropractic care, medical massage, personal training and art therapy.