Vicodin Addiction Treatment
Vicodin is a drug composed of the synthetic narcotic hydrocodone and the commonly used analgesic acetaminophen. The drug is primarily used to treat mild to moderately severe pain such as pain resulting from a surgery. The combination of the two ingredients hydrocodone and acetaminophen makes Vicodin a much more powerful and dangerous drug than either of the substances would be if taken alone. Vicodin essentially works in two ways, it can block the neurological pathways which allow the sensation of pain and it enhances the action of dopamine, which triggers the brain’s pleasure receptors resulting in a euphoric sensation.
Although an individual can start out innocently taking the drug as prescribed, there is always possibility for a person to become addicted over time as their tolerance builds. Similar to any case involving an addiction to a prescription drug, Vicodin addicts are classified into two categories;
- The Accidental Addict: An individual who accidentally became addicted to the drug after using it for its prescribed purpose. In some instances the individual was prescribed codeine for severe pain such as pain following a surgery, but continues to use the drug for mild and less severe conditions such as a migraine or back pain.
- The Deliberate Addict: An individual who intentionally abuses Vicodin as a recreational drug in spite of knowing the drug is solely for prescription use.
Treating Vicodin Addiction
As with treatment for any other addiction to a substance, a medically supervised detox should always be the first step in treatment for Vicodin abuse or addiction. Detox treatment from Vicodin is primarily treated with buprenorphine, such as Suboxone. Upon completion of detox, residential rehab is generally recommended for Vicodin addicts and abusers because relapse rates are high without proper treatment. An effective Vicodin addiction treatment regimen should implement the use of medications for treating Vicodin withdrawal symptoms and psychological issues such as anxiety or depression. In addition to implementing the use of medications for an effective Vicodin addiction treatment, the use of behavioral treatments for a Vicodin addiction treatment are vital. There are several behavioral treatments which are generally used in Vicodin addiction treatment. Some of the behavioral treatments includes:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Group Dynamic Therapy
- Contingency management interventions
- Motivational enhancement therapy
- Motivational incentives
- Support groups
- Individual and Group Therapy
Behavioral treatments are useful for treating the underlying issues associated with a person’s unique addiction and helping them develop new life skills and coping skills for handling stressful circumstances which may incite a relapse. Behavioral treatments are especially empowering during the recovery process from a Vicodin addiction because they can change the way a person perceives their lives and their addiction. Nonetheless, treatment for a Vicodin addiction should always be based upon the unique needs of the recovering addict, as well accommodating their unique needs.
Get Started With Vicodin Treatment Today!
If you or a loved one are currently in need of treatment for a Vicodin addiction, make the decision to get the help you need today. Harbor Village can provide you with a life changing treatment which will help you achieve a successful and long lasting recovery. We provide individualized treatment plans to assure your success in recovery. Not only will we help you get off of Vicodin, we will help you stay of of Vicodin. Similar opiate treatment programs include heroin addiction treatment, morphine addiction treatment, and methadone addiction treatment. Our result-proven treatment methods will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to maintain your sobriety for a lifetime. Don’t let addiction continue to overrule your life, call Harbor Village today!