At PVRC’s Vicodin Addiction Rehab, our staff finds it vital for patients to know as much information as possible surrounding the drugs/substances with which they are struggling. Vicodin, which is often prescribed by doctors for the relief of moderate to severe pain, is a combination of hydrocodone – an opiate – and acetaminophen. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, making it extremely effective AND also highly addictive. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2008, approximately 23,000 persons admitted to having used Vicodin as a recreational drug. In 2004, more than 42,000 individuals visiting medical emergency rooms in the US were suffering from hydrocodone-related issues. It is estimated that in the US alone, approximately 2 million people are suffering from Vicodin addiction (source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601006.html).
Vicodin Addiction Symptoms at PVRC
Like most opiate-based drugs, Vicodin use can often be accompanied by increased tolerance and ultimately lead to a Vicodin addiction within many people. Tolerance refers to needing a larger dose of Vicodin in order to obtain the same affect. Usually when an individual begins to develop a tolerance, this also indicates the onset of addiction, which is inevitably followed by withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug is ceased. The onset of these symptoms will begin once the user decides to abstain from taking the drug for as little as six hours. Vicodin withdrawal can produce a wide range of physical symptoms, which can occur when someone stops or dramatically reduces the drug after heavy or prolonged use. Early symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, increased tearing, insomnia, runny nose, sweating, and yawning. Later symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, and nausea and vomiting. Even though withdrawal from Vicodin can be extremely uncomfortable and even seem unbearable at some points, it is not life threatening. The most dangerous aspect surrounding Vicodin withdrawal is the risk of dehydration as a result of constant vomiting and diarrhea. Once an individual becomes free of Vicodin, it is extremely risky to return to using. People will sometime return to using the same amount they did before getting clean, not realizing that their tolerance has lessened significantly, and this is how many overdoses occur.
Vicodin Addiction Rehab at PVRC
The first step in the recovery process for an individual struggling with Vicodin addiction is admitting defeat and asking for help. This may not be easy for someone to do, but it is totally necessary if sobriety is ever to be achieved. Following admission into our PVRC inpatient treatment facility, the user will undergo detoxification to help minimize the symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal. The detox process usually lasts between 3-7 days, and will be conducted under only the safest and most comfortable, professionally-supervised conditions. After completing this phase of treatment, the patient will be able to focus on rehabilitation through a combination of regular attendance at 12-step meetings, along with group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare. Overcoming a vicodin addiction isn’t easy, but you don’t have to fight this battle on your own. If you or your loved one is ready to quit abusing Vicodin, please contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s California Vicodin Rehab is the right program for you.