Understanding Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin is a medication that contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid medication, and acetaminophen is a less potent medication that amplifies the effects of the hydrocodone. While this medication can be very effective for pain management, it can also be extremely addictive.
Having to endure Vicodin addiction can be quite painful. As many of us employed by The Recovery Village Ridgefield are in recovery ourselves, we understand this. It’s all too easy to feel isolated and alone, trapped inside the pain you feel.
Maybe you started taking Vicodin to get high. Maybe your physician initially prescribed you Vicodin after an injury, which led to an addiction. It doesn’t matter how your addiction began. What matters is that you are not alone. We are available to listen to you and provide you with guidance on beginning your path to recovery.
The Effects of Vicodin on the Body
Hydrocodone is the active ingredient in Vicodin, which makes it an opioid medication. Opioids are highly addictive painkilling substances. While some are legal when prescribed by a doctor, others—heroin being the main example—are not available legally. There is a misconception that if a drug can be prescribed, it must be safer than illegal substances. However, both substances are powerfully addictive.
When you take hydrocodone or Vicodin, the drug affects your brain’s reward system, and your body things that hydrocodone is a life-sustaining substance. As you take more Vicodin, your body craves more. Those who suffer from Vicodin addictions have brains that have altered pathways to accommodate for Vicodin use. During Vicodin treatment, a medical team works together to help reverse those changes, return your brain to a healthy state and address the psychological and mental aspects of your addiction.
Vicodin Addiction Symptoms
There are many signs and symptoms of Vicodin addiction to be on the lookout for. Some of these include:
- Continued use of Vicodin in spite of negative consequences
- Visiting multiple physicians or pharmacies for extra Vicodin
- Lying to family or friends about the use of Vicodin
- Needing more and more Vicodin to get the same high
- Vicodin use causing the neglect of relationships and responsibilities
- Stealing pills or stealing money to buy pills
- Taking unnecessary risks to get more Vicodin
- Inability to feel normal without Vicodin
Vicodin withdrawal can be different for each person. Typically, the worst of Vicodin withdrawal symptoms will end within 1-2 weeks. However, it may be longer for others. These symptoms can include irritability, mood swings, anxiety, appetite changes, tremors, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, rapid breathing, muscle aches, sleep disturbances and symptoms of a cold.
When someone tries to stop any opioid medication like Vicodin cold turkey without medical assistance, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced more severely. The process is more comfortable with medical detox. Inpatient treatment is recommended after detox to prevent relapses. While detox does take care of the physical aspect of Vicodin addiction, the psychological, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of addiction will be addressed in a treatment program.
Vicodin Addiction Treatment
The good news is that substance use disorder can be managed with the right help. Because of the withdrawal symptoms, many people are afraid to pursue Vicodin treatment. At The Recovery Village Ridgefield, we understand what you are going through, and we know how to detox from this substance in a safe way. After detox, you can pursue inpatient treatment, and you may need to transition to outpatient treatment before going fully back into the real world.
At our facility, we offer holistic treatment that includes evidence-based practices, traditional 12-step work and alternative therapies such as sports or art therapy. Our facility is located less than three hours from Seattle, Washington and 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon among the serenity of the Cascade Mountains. We are staffed with addiction specialists and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to helping you find your own pathway to recovery.
We understand it takes a lot of courage to reach out and ask for help. If you are considering treatment for Vicodin addiction, call us today to have a confidential conversation with one of our compassionate addiction specialists.