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Understanding Vicodin Abuse

Understanding Vicodin Abuse Recovery

Vicodin is a prescription painkiller comprised of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, and is typically prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, Vicodin can be extremely helpful in alleviating physical pain that could otherwise be crippling. However, when Vicodin is abused in ways unintended, it is highly likely that serious consequences can occur. In addition, Vicodin abuse can lead to addiction, which can be so difficult to stop that it often requires professional intervention.

No matter if an individual is using Vicodin for short-term or long-term stretches, misusing it can lead to painfully uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if use suddenly ceases. Symptoms can be even more intense for those individuals who are using a larger dose of Vicodin at a time. As a result, these individuals often find themselves continuing to use just to avoid withdrawal symptoms. The best method for overcoming a Vicodin addiction is through a medication-assisted treatment program where professionals can help an individual fully recover.

Medication-assisted treatment is a form of care that utilizes specific medications to help keep withdrawal symptoms at bay and simultaneously curb drug cravings. When this type of care is provided alongside additional therapies, such as individual and group therapy, Vicodin addiction can be treated in ways that allow individuals a life free from substance abuse.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, it is our goal to help you get your life back on track. The medication-assisted treatment that we offer is not only safe, but also proven to be effective in ending Vicodin addiction. We provide individual and group therapy sessions so that the root of the addiction can be addressed and sorted out. If you are looking for the kind of help that will get you your life back, contact Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.

Types of Treatment Offered

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

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a group of outpatient providers who offer medically-supervised medication-assisted treatment options for men and women, ages 18 and older. Our services are available to any adult who has been grappling with an opioid addiction for at least one year. Our team of doctors, nurses, and counselors are devoted to working with our patients to help determine the proper dosage of medications and provide therapeutic services.

The medications and therapies that could potentially become a part of a patient’s care include:

Methadone: Methadone, an opioid agonist, is one of the most commonly prescribed medications used to control withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Those who utilize methadone are able to continue their day-to-day lives without battling these painful symptoms or being under the influence of opioids.

Suboxone: Suboxone is made up of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine works to reduce painful withdrawal symptoms while naloxone prevents overdose. However, unlike other medications, using opioids while taking Suboxone can cause strong, uncomfortable side effects. Suboxone is taken daily and dosage is dependent on the needs of the patient.

Subutex: Subutex, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine. Therefore, drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms are reduced significantly, allowing individuals to focus solely on their recovery. Subutex is an opioid agonist-antagonist, which means that the effects of the opioid are present during use and withdrawal symptoms are lessened. Subutex is taken daily.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is an injectable non-narcotic that is given once monthly. It works like other medications in the sense that it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Vivitrol is comprised of naltrexone.

Individual and group therapy: At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want our patients to get the best out of their treatment. Therefore, we offer individual therapy sessions where patients can work one-on-one with a counselor to identify and address underlying causes of Vicodin abuse. Group therapy sessions, which are conducted by trained counselors, offer a platform for individuals to share their experiences, obtain and provide support, and encourage one another.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Vicodin Abuse

Vicodin contains acetaminophen, which is rarely dangerous when consumed. However, it is the hydrocodone located in the Vicodin that poses the most risk, as it is habit-forming and can lead to significant health issues. The hydrocodone in Vicodin makes it a highly addictive drug; therefore, if it becomes obvious that you or a loved one have developed a dependency issue with this drug, seeking professional treatment is needed.

Recognizing an addiction problem and not doing anything about it can lead to a number of devastating effects to one’s health and wellbeing. Someone who is addicted to Vicodin will likely suffer from mental health issues, as it becomes their primary goal to acquire, use, and abuse this medication. Vicodin abuse typically leads to physical issues that can include permanent damage to vital organs. In addition, there is always a chance for overdose when Vicodin is used recreationally.

Vicodin has the potential to destroy an individual’s relationships in ways that sometimes can be irreparable. For example, conflicts, divorces, are more likely to occur when someone is under the influence of Vicodin and refuses to obtain treatment. Those addicted to Vicodin are at heightened risk for losing their jobs, experiencing financial difficulties, becoming homeless, and getting in trouble with the law. Luckily, if an individual chooses to put an end to his or her Vicodin addiction, help is available.

Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide care that can save an individual’s life. If you or a loved one is ready to put a Vicodin addiction in the past, contact us today to obtain the life you deserve.