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Fioricet Addiction Treatment and Rehab in Washington

Written by Renee Deveney

& Medically Reviewed by Stephanie Hairston, MSW

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Last Updated - 6/17/2022

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Fioricet is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat tension headaches. It combines caffeine, acetaminophen and butalbital and is often thought to have fewer risks than most other prescription medications. However, Fioricet is physically and psychologically addictive, and people who have become dependent on it require medically-supervised detox and Fioricet addiction treatment.

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Medically Supervised Fioricet Treatment

What makes Fioricet addictive is its active ingredient butalbital, a barbiturate that can cause medically dangerous withdrawal symptoms with regular use. Some formulations include codeine, an opioid that increases the addiction potential of Fioricet and can cause additional withdrawal effects. Fioricet withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Spasms

These withdrawal effects occur because as butalbital wears off, the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) stops being as effective, triggering heightened central nervous system activity. This, in turn, activates the sympathetic nervous system and the body’s fight-or-flight response, causing anxiety and digestive upset. Severe barbiturate withdrawal can also increase a person’s body temperature to a dangerous point, resulting in potentially fatal brain damage, seizures and circulatory system failure.

Medically-supervised Fioricet detox treatment providers use several methods to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and help people get through the withdrawal period safely. Clinicians may administer butalbital or another barbiturate, often a long-acting formulation, and taper the dose over time. They may also prescribe other medications to reduce physical and psychological agitation and address other medical or psychological issues.

The acute Fioricet withdrawal phase, when symptoms are most dangerous, usually lasts less than a week. As people transition from the acute to the residual withdrawal period, many facilities transfer them out of a medically-supervised detox unit to another program.

Inpatient and Outpatient Fioricet Addiction Treatment

People with substance use disorders have better outcomes when they transition immediately from medically-supervised detoxification to a substance use disorder treatment program. Most full-service treatment programs continue to provide regular medical check-ups even after someone transitions to the active treatment phase, and some may even have their clients begin participating in group and individual therapy during detox.

The primary purpose of substance use disorder treatment is to help people develop the motivation, insight and habits needed to sustain long-term recovery. Social support and interpersonal connection are also crucial focuses of professional recovery care. Most inpatient and outpatient treatment programs use the same basic interventions, which include:

  • Substance abuse treatment groups
  • On-site peer support and 12-step groups
  • Individual therapy
  • Psychiatric services for medication management

Whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is recommended depends on the severity of a person’s condition, the outcome of previous treatment attempts, the circumstances surrounding treatment admission and other factors. Inpatient treatment usually involves additional services, including nutrition and diet planning, complementary therapies and wellness activities, like yoga and art therapy.

The primary benefit of residential or inpatient treatment over outpatient treatment is that it removes people from ordinary life stressors and allows them to undergo treatment in a safe, secure environment. During inpatient treatment, clinicians can help people work on early treatment milestones while developing an aftercare plan to increase the chance of continued recovery at home.

Fioricet Addiction Treatment Centers in Washington

Many facilities in the state of Washington provide detox, inpatient and outpatient services for people addicted to Fioricet or other barbiturate drugs. However, with so many options available, choosing a facility can be difficult. Some factors to consider before enrolling in a treatment program include:

  • Whether the facility is authorized by the state to provide treatment
  • The philosophy and treatment methods used by clinicians at the facility
  • If the facility is well-reviewed and recommended by clients and providers
  • The types of payment the facility accepts
  • The geographic location of the facility
  • If the facility provides treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions

How Much Does Fioricet Rehab Cost?

Treatment costs depend on many factors, including the level of care undergone. Following clinicians’ level-of-care recommendations can improve treatment outcomes and help people make more cost-effective treatment decisions. Many people can be successfully treated in outpatient or partial hospitalization programs, but some individuals face too many risk factors in their home environments to participate in these part-time forms of care. In cases like these, participating in inpatient treatment can be more cost-effective by helping a person achieve sustained recovery faster.

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Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Fioricet Addiction?

Many insurance plans cover both inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare. However, many will only cover inpatient care if a person has at least one previous treatment episode. Insurance plans often want people to try outpatient treatment first because if it works, it is less expensive.

The inpatient and outpatient programs at The Recovery Village Ridgefield accept many insurance plans. If you know you need treatment for Fioricet addiction and want to explore different options for care and different ways to cover the costs of your treatment, contact a representative at The Recovery Village Ridgefield. They can answer your questions and help you make an informed decision about which program is right for you.