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Understanding Vicodin Abuse

Understanding Vicodin Abuse Recovery

The prescription painkiller Vicodin is a combination of both acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Often prescribed by medical professionals to help relieve individuals from moderate to moderately severe pain, Vicodin can be incredibly beneficial when taken as directed and under the supervision of a doctor. Unfortunately, some individuals take advantage of Vicodin and the pleasurable physical side effects that it produces and abuse it for personal and/or recreational reasons. When a medication as strong as Vicodin is abused, a person can quickly become addicted to it, raising the likelihood that professional help will be needed in order for the addiction to be overcome.

Misusing Vicodin, regardless of whether it’s for a short or long period of time, can bring on uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if an individual ceases his or her use abruptly. Especially for those who abuse large doses of Vicodin, withdrawal symptoms can be painful enough for an individual to start using once again to obtain immediate relief. The most effective manner in which to defeat a Vicodin addiction is to obtain help from skilled professionals who can provide treatment that is safe in fighting back against this type of addiction. Medication assisted treatment is one of the most effective and safe forms of treatment utilized for Vicodin addiction, and is one option that is available for an individual who requires professional help.

Medication assisted treatment focuses on providing patients with medications that are capable of lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings, as well as keeping the damaging effects of opioids at bay so that patients can stay on track towards achieving successful recovery. When medication assisted treatment is offered simultaneously with other therapies, such as individual and group therapy, patients who are battling with a Vicodin addiction can begin realizing a life that is no longer negatively impacted by the presence of this painkiller.

At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are here to help you find your way back to a recovered, drug-free life. The medication assisted treatment that we provide is effective and safe in helping individuals such as yourself beat an addiction to Vicodin. The group and individual therapy that we supply only increases the likelihood that you will obtain long-term recovery. If you are in search of a treatment center that can offer you effective treatment, reach out and contact Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers right now.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Vicodin Abuse Recovery at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a group of outpatient care providers who offer medication assisted treatment that is medically supervised for those who are ages 18 and older and who have been struggling with Vicodin addiction for at least one full year. Our staff of nurses, doctors, and counselors are experienced in teaming up with patients to decide what the most effective medications and dosages will work best for them, as well as recommend the therapeutic interventions that will help them move forward in the process of recovery.

The medications and therapeutic elements that can be included in a patient’s overall treatment plan may include:

Methadone: As a medication that helps stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms, methadone can be helpful after an individual ceases his or her opioid abuse. Those who are prescribed this medication will not suffer from a disorienting high, as methadone is classified as an opioid agonist. The needs of the patient will determine the specific dosage that he or she will be prescribed.

Suboxone: Suboxone is comprised of both buprenorphine and naloxone, and works by lessening the desire to continue to use opioids like Vicodin while also curbing the pain that is associated with withdrawal symptoms. However, unlike other medications of its kind, Suboxone can cause withdrawal symptoms to develop if it is abused on its own or with other opioids, including Vicodin. This medication is taken once a day and in a dosage that meets the treatment needs of each individual patient.

Subutex: Subutex contains buprenorphine, which decreases cravings and withdrawal symptoms by stopping the dangerous effects of opioids on the brain. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, Subutex is effective in preventing withdrawal symptoms so that an individual can focus solely on his or her treatment regimen. One of our skilled professionals will provide a recommended dosage for each patient based on his or her needs.

Vivitrol: This non-addictive, non-narcotic medication assisted treatment option is an injectable medication that is administered once a month to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The primary ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone.

Individual and group therapy: To enhance the success of medication assisted treatment, we, at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, supply both individual and group therapy sessions to all patients. Occurring in a one-on-one setting with a professional counselor, individual therapy can serve as a space for patients to work through their emotions surrounding the recovery process. Group therapy occurs in a less intimate setting than individual therapy; a setting where counselors lead discussion groups that cover a number of topics. Patients in group therapy work together to give and receive support and encouragement to and from one another, as everyone in this setting has shared in similar struggles.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Vicodin Abuse

While acetaminophen is one of the active ingredients in Vicodin, it is not nearly as dangerous as hydrocodone, the other active ingredient in this medication. As a result, individuals should take this medication cautiously, as it can be habit-forming. The addictive properties found in hydrocodone cause Vicodin to be a substance that should not be abused, yet remains such by a number of people who chase after the effects it creates. If an individual begins showing symptoms of Vicodin abuse, it is important to obtain treatment to help prevent this behavior from getting worse.

Allowing a Vicodin addiction to continue without intervention can cause extreme damage to an individual’s health and overall wellbeing. Someone who is struggling with a Vicodin addiction is likely to notice a drop in his or her mental health, as trying to acquire and consume Vicodin can take over his or her life. Vicodin is also capable of causing serious physical harm, including vital organ damage. As always, overdose remains a strong possibility, especially when Vicodin is abused recreationally. And, tragically, overdose can lead to death.

Other areas of an individual’s life can be drastically harmed as well. Being addicted to Vicodin can cause family disturbances, the demise of friendships, and much more. These issues can lead to problems such as divorce and social isolation if treatment is not sought. Furthermore, continuing to abuse Vicodin can lead to financial issues, homelessness, job loss, and legal troubles. However, when an individual decides that enough is enough, help is available.

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide the type of treatment that can help individuals turn their lives around for the better. If you or someone you care for is prepared to finally get help, let us connect you to our professionals who can guide you or your loved one towards resuming a happy, healthy, drug-free life.