Vicodin is a prescription painkiller that consists of two active ingredients – common pain medication acetaminophen and narcotic hydrocodone. Prescribed for moderate to severe pain, the hydrocodone in Vicodin acts directly on the brain, according to WebMD, and is responsible for the addictive nature of the substance.
Even when taken correctly, Vicodin creates a physical dependence in the body, which is why doctors prescribe the medication in the lowest possible dosages for limited periods of time, and generally direct patients to taper off use of the medication to prevent withdrawal symptoms that might occur even with the lowest of doses.
As the body builds up a dependence on Vicodin, it also builds up resistance against the drug. This means it takes more and more of the painkiller over time to get the same effect, which leads to an endless cycle of overuse and addiction, in which users need more and more of the prescription medication to stop their symptoms of withdrawal.
Despite its ability to make the body feel no pain, though, which is one of the medication’s top draws for many abusers, Vicodin has negative effects on the body as well. The main short-term side effect of Vicodin use is constipation, according to The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. It is so common with Vicodin use, according to Harvard, that doctors often recommend that patients begin taking a stool softener or a laxative as soon as they start a pain-relief regimen that includes Vicodin to counteract the negative effects of the substance. Though, it is possible to control the pain caused by this constipation, nothing that impedes the natural functions of the body is beneficial over the long-term.
Long-term use of opioids pain-relievers, including Vicodin, may result in a suppressed immune system, increasing the risk of illness, as well as a disruption in hormone levels.
The highly-addictive nature of Vicodin, and the painful withdrawal symptoms you can expect during detox, make stopping use on your own very difficult. A comprehensive rehabilitation program that eases you through detox, and moves on to explore the base issues behind your addiction can help you kick a reliance that it may seem impossible to break on your own.
Choosing a Vicodin Rehab Center
Vicodin rehab consists of three major components – detox, in-patient therapy and follow-up. All are necessary, and a Vicodin Rehab Center that gets the job done will provide everything from monitored detox to after-care programs. The right facility should also have statistics available regarding their success rates in helping people recover from prescription painkiller addictions, and be willing to share those statistics when you ask.
We don’t take chances on your treatment. The strategies we use in combatting prescription painkiller addiction are tested and proven.
The Vicodin Rehab Process
You cannot participate in your own rehabilitation if you are not comfortable in our facility. That’s why we treat you with the respect you deserve, from your first call to Cliffside Malibu to after-care programs.
No two people are alike, and we acknowledge your individual needs in our personalized treatment programs. When you come to Cliffside Malibu for help in overcoming your addiction to Vicodin, our team of dedicated professionals will create a plan of treatment that will see specifically to your emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
Rehabilitation from Vicodin addiction requires detoxification of the body before therapy can begin, and our treatment will take you through that detox, counseling, and culminate in after-care programs that help you continue on your path of drug-free living.
Success in Vicodin Rehab
Much success in Vicodin rehabilitation depends upon you. It’s up to you to make the first call. It’s up to you to walk through our doors. So, by the time you check in, we know you want help in ending your addiction. Our tried-and-tested strategies and your dedication will put you on the path to rehabilitation, but there are some additional factors in making your rehab a success:
Drug rehabilitation is not one-size-fits-all. What works for one person won’t work for another. Our customized care plans are designed for your comfort.
Not only is our full-time staff highly-trained in the field of substance addiction, they are dedicated to helping you meet your goal of overcoming your dependence on prescription painkillers.
People who stay for the full length of drug treatment prove more successful at maintaining drug-free lives after rehabilitation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most addicts require at least three months of treatment in order to stop or significantly reduce their drug use.
Though physical pain is a main cause of continued Vicodin use, it is not the only reason that people develop a dependence on prescription painkillers. Emotional factors are often at play, and addiction itself is both physical and psychological. The right treatment gets to the core of the issue to try to ensure a recovered addict doesn’t relapse due to the same issues.
Effective Vicodin Treatment
Overcoming the physical dependence on Vicodin is not painless, and effective treatment for Vicodin addiction begins with keeping that pain in check during the detox process. At Cliffside Malibu, we depend upon the following factors to ensure your treatment is effective:
- Our highly-trained, dedicated medical and professional staff
- One-on-one therapy to get to the root of your addiction
- Evidence-based rehabilitation strategies
We have years of experience in dealing with rehabilitation from addiction to prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin. When you want help in taking those first steps to a drug-free life, please call us at 1-800-501-1988 to learn more.