Medication Assisted Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction

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Understanding Hydrocodone Abuse

Understanding Hydrocodone Abuse Recovery

Hydrocodone is classified as an opioid and is typically prescribed to alleviate intense pain. This prescription medication can be extremely addictive to individuals who are prescribed it by their physician. The symptoms that accompany withdrawal from hydrocodone are often negative enough to keep individuals from seeking treatment for their addiction. For individuals who become addicted to this substance, medication assisted treatment is an effective way to overcome addiction and get back onto the path of sober living.

Medication assisted treatment involves the use of specific medication to help aid in the recovery process. These medications are carefully dosed to meet the specific criteria of each individual patient. Medications are used to limit the dangerous effects of opioids, lessening withdrawal symptoms, and to curb cravings. This type of treatment is extremely effective and gives individuals trapped in a life of addiction a fresh start and a new life without being shackled down by the chains of addiction.

The trained professional staff at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to help you achieve a sober life once again. We offer medication assisted treatment, which is not only a safe, but also an effective way in helping individuals overcome their addiction to hydrocodone. By combining therapy (both individual and group) with medication assisted treatment, long-term recovery is achievable. Our supportive and nurturing staff is here to help aid in your pathway to recovery.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Hydrocodone Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a network of outpatient providers. We provide a variety of supervised medication assisted treatment options for those who are addicted to opiates (such as hydrocodone). Adults (aged 18+) who have been abusing opiates for more than a year are eligible to take part in the treatments that we offer. Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are made up of a team of physicians, nurses, and counselors who work collectively to create an individualized treatment plan for each of our patients to aid in their recovery.

Both therapeutic interventions and medications are used in our treatment plans. These interventions and possible medications are:

Suboxone: Suboxone contains naloxone and buprenorphine and is used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings associated with opiate addiction. The dosage of Suboxone is tailored to the individual, but it is typically taken daily. Should an individual attempt to consume an opiate (such as hydrocodone) while on Suboxone, symptoms of withdrawal can take place.

Subutex: Subutex works by lowering cravings and diminishing the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates, such as hydrocodone. Subutex’s active ingredient is buprenorphine, which classifies it as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist. This means that the opioid effects are blocked while the symptoms of withdrawal are decreased. By doing this, the patient is able to focus on his or her recovery without dealing with the many physical side effects of withdrawal. Typically, Subutext is taken daily, but the specifics of dosage will be discussed individually between patient and physician.

Methadone: Methadone is an opioid agonist that prevents individuals addicted to opioids (such as hydrocodone) from experiencing withdrawal symptoms and further cravings for the narcotic.

Methadone users will not experience the euphoric high that is associated with the use of an opioid. Methadone is taken daily and dosing amounts are individualized to each specific user. Dosages will decrease over time, which will result in true sobriety.       

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is used to decrease cravings for opiates, including hydrocodone. Vivitrol is a non-addictive, non-narcotic medication that is Naltrexone-based. Vivitrol is given once monthly via injection. Like other medication used in medication assisted treatment programs, individual dosages will be discussed between physician and patient.

Individual and group therapy: Both individual and group therapy is available to pair with medication assisted treatments. By pairing therapy with medication assisted treatments, individuals are able to get on a successful path towards sobriety and recovery. Group therapy creates a strong support system amongst others who are going through similar struggles with their addiction. Individual therapy takes place between a counselor and patient where patients can openly discuss their emotions in a private session.   

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Hydrocodone Abuse

With the aid of our professional staff, overcoming your addiction to hydrocodone is possible. Since withdrawal from hydrocodone is known to be uncomfortable, many resort back to using hydrocodone to avoid these emotional and physical pains. Having the tools to successfully overcome addiction is the key to long-term recovery.

Since hydrocodone is a habit-forming substance, users are at an increased risk of abusing other opiates (prescription painkillers or heroin) as well. Along with the physical and psychological effects of hydrocodone use, the increased risk for overdosing and fatality is a constant risk. Thankfully, treatment is available for individuals struggling with addiction.

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is here to help you or someone you know overcome their addiction to hydrocodone. We offer the support and necessary tools to get your life back on track towards a sober life.