Vicodin is a potent narcotic painkiller generally used to treat moderate or severe pain-related issues. The medication is made with a combination of acetaminophen (the active pain reliever in the over-the-counter medication Tylenol) and hydrocodone, a habit-forming opioid narcotic. Not only is Vicodin extremely addictive when taken other than as prescribed, but the high levels of acetaminophen have been shown to lead to serious and sometimes irreversible liver damage. If you have been abusing Vicodin for any period of time, entering into a long-term program of addiction recovery is necessary. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we treat all of the symptoms associated with Vicodin addiction, including the symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal. When left untreated, these symptoms are harshly uncomfortable at best and extremely dangerous at worst. We utilize a careful combination of proven medical detoxification techniques and effective therapeutic and holistic treatment methods to provide our clients with the most integrated and personalized care available.
Up until October 2014, Vicodin was labeled as a Schedule III chemical substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). It has since been switched to a Schedule II chemical substance, meaning that it has a very high potential for abuse. Prescription opioid abuse has long-since been a major public health threat in communities across the entire country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 18 million cases of prescription drug abuse in the US during the year 2018 alone. Of these cases, over 2 million were first-time prescription opioid abusers. Because Vicodin is so potent, it is not uncommon for individuals to develop a physical dependence even when taking the medication exactly as prescribed. If you have been suffering at the hands of a Vicodin abuse disorder of any severity, reach out to Pine Tree Recovery Center today.
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Vicodin Abuse and Addiction – Signs & Symptoms
There are many signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse and addiction – physical, psychological and behavioral in nature.
Common signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse and addiction include:
- Attempting to cut back on the dose of Vicodin being taken, but being unable to cut back or quit for any extended period of time
- Appearing drowsy or fatigued more than is normal
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation
- Severe mood swings, typically marked by agitation, irritability and aggression
- Spending an ample amount of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of Vicodin
- Experiencing intense psychological cravings that ultimately lead to obsessive and compulsive drug-seeking thoughts and behaviors
- Neglecting personal responsibilities at home, work or school in lieu of Vicodin use
- Continuing to use Vicodin despite warnings from medical professionals
- Developing a physical tolerance, meaning that a higher dose of Vicodin is necessary in order for the same effects to be produced
- Experiencing a combination of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms as soon as Vicodin use is abruptly stopped
If you have been abusing this medication for any length of time and you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to quit, it is crucial that you check into a medical detox facility immediately. While the symptoms themselves are not typically life-threatening, they can result in serious and dangerous complications when left untreated.
Vicodin Withdrawal – Signs & Symptoms
Vicodin withdrawal is typically broken down into two main phases – the early stage and the late stage.
During the early stage of Vicodin withdrawal individuals experience a range of mild to moderate symptoms, including:
- Agitation and irritability
- Mild to moderate anxiety
- An inability to fall or stay asleep
- Profuse yawning
- Flu-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, a low-grade fever, chills, night sweats, watery eyes and muscle aches
Late stage symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal include:
- Extreme muscle and joint pain
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Uncontrollable chills and goosebumps
- Severe anxiety, potential panic attacks and hyperventilation
- Depressed mood, potentially characterized by suicidal ideation
- Insomnia and other sleep-related issues
When it comes to effectively treating symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal, a comprehensive approach to detox is essential. We actively work towards physical stabilization while providing a safe and pain-free detox experience in a homestyle retreat setting. Client comfort and safety are our top priorities.
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Why Medical Detox Is Necessary For Vicodin Addiction
When it comes to Vicodin withdrawal, medically monitored detox is necessary for a variety of reasons. First of all, when treating withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid narcotic painkillers like Vicodin, Medication Assisted Treatment is often necessary. We typically utilize medications like buprenorphine to help ease withdrawal symptoms. When it comes to mild cases of Vicodin abuse, a combination of non-narcotic pain medications, non-addictive sleep aids and holistic treatment methods is typically sufficient.
Services that we offer for Vicodin detox include (but are not limited to):
- Rehab placement – Medical detox is only the very first step on the lifelong road to recovery. Our case managers help place clients in a reputable inpatient treatment center once they have been deemed physically stable and able to continue on in their curriculum of care.
- Intensive therapy – Unlike many other detox facilities, we offer individual, group and family therapy sessions so that clients may begin their comprehensive journey of emotional and psychological healing as quickly as possible.
- Holistic pain management services – In many instances, individuals who begin abusing Vicodin and other potent pain relievers were originally prescribed the medication to deal with acute or chronic pain. Rather than utilize habit-forming pain medications, we employ a range of holistic pain management techniques, from massage and physical therapy to acupuncture.
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Pine Tree Recovery Center provides men and women of all ages with the quality clinical care they need and deserve. Our homestyle retreat facility is located in the heart of Portland, Maine, within close proximity to a wide range of recovery resources. If you have been suffering at the hands of a Vicodin abuse disorder and are in need of medically monitored detox services that lays a solid foundation for a continuation of clinical care, Pine Tree Recovery Center is available to help.
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When it comes to seeking and receiving the professional clinical care you need to overcome addiction long-term, the only thing standing in your way is yourself. As soon as you pick up the phone and give our team of experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors a call, available 24/7 at (888) 693-1751 they will set to work developing a viable and effective treatment plan. In order to ensure that our Vicodin detox program is a good fit for you and your unique needs, we conduct a brief over-the-phone evaluation by asking a series of standard questions, like, “How long have you been taking Vicodin other than as prescribed?” “Do you have any underlying mental health conditions?” “Do any of your immediate family members struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism?” If it is determined that our program is a good fit, we set to work developing travel plans as well as a date and a time for intake. We understand how physically and psychologically addictive Vicodin can be, and we know that there is typically a small window of willingness when it comes to seeking treatment. For this reason, we do everything in our power to get you admitted as quickly as possible.
For more information on our comprehensive program of Vicodin addiction recovery, reach out to Pine Tree Recovery Center today. We look forward to speaking with you and getting you started on your own personal journey of lifelong recovery.