You may be wondering exactly what Vicodin is and how it is affecting you or your loved one. Vicodin is a drug prescribed for the treatment of chronic or severe pain. It is a potent narcotic, with a high risk of developing addictions and dependency. Hydrocodone is the main ingredient in Vicodin and can be increased in strength when mixed with drugs like acetaminophen. For some time Vicodin was the Hollywood drug of choice, but many famous people came forward about their struggle with the drug and the effect it had on their personal lives.
It starts as a way to treat pain, commonly from injuries, and develops into so much more when users come to depend upon it. A tolerance to Vicodin builds up quickly, so users find themselves taking more and more as the days pass. Users can experience irritability, mood swings, dizziness, drowsiness, constricted pupils, headaches, vomiting, and more.
Withdrawal symptoms of Hydrocodone typically start within 6 to 48 of the last use of the substance. Signs of withdrawal can include:
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid mood swings
- Muscle spasms
- Hostile behavior
- Extreme fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
These symptoms tend to be highly uncomfortable and severe, so the help of a medical professional is recommended if an individual wishes to quit Vicodin. Many users are taking such high doses that a suddenly stopping can make withdrawal symptoms much worse. A medical professional can take vitals and measurements to give patients the treatment they need to be weaned off the drug.
The usual dose of Vicodin the addicted person was taking before treatment makes a difference in how long their detox will be and what type of treatment they need. Each individual is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all method that works for every person. At the Center for Combating Vicodin Abuse in Minnesota we focus on the entire care of the patient, including making the detox process as pleasant as possible so they can achieve their dream of lasting recovery from opiate addiction.
Recovery should take as much time as it requires for individuals to work through their addiction and build positive behaviors that aid them in their lives outside of the treatment center. Once individuals have gone through detox, we work with them to find the best treatment option for their situation. We offer inpatient treatment programs that give chronic users a safe place to rehab and move away from their dependence on Vicodin. We also have outpatient programs available, as well as partial hospitalization and intensive inpatient care.
Our sole focus is the full care of the individual suffering from an addiction that wishes to rid themselves of their dependence. We work closely with each and every member of our facility to make sure that our care is tailored to meet their individual needs. Our programs include group therapy sessions as well as one-on-one sessions to get to know individuals better and give them a place to express themselves and gain confidence, self-awareness, wisdom, hope, trust, and overall health.