According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent, there are over 45 million individuals who take some type of prescription drug every single year in the United States,. Unfortunately, overuse of prescriptions drugs is major problem in our country and thousands of individuals seek assistance for their problem every single day. Because doctors prescribe Vicodin frequently, it isn’t uncommon for people to get addicted to the drug when they are using it for chronic pain and need help discontinuing its use safely and effectively. This is why many come to Shadow Mountain Recovery for our IV detox therapy program.
What Exactly Is Vicodin?
Vicodin is a pain reliever that is consider to be a narcotic drug. It is a part of the opiate drug family and is a combination of both acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone. Some of you may refer to is as Norco, Anexsia, Xodol or Lorcet. Misuse of the drug can often lead to financial ruin, careers ending and the end of relationships. Long-term use, especially in extremely high dosages, can lead to a physical dependency on the medication.
Signs and Symptoms Linked to the Misuse of Vicodin
Individuals will often make the decision to increase their normal dosage in order to achieve the high they are used to getting. This is because their body gets accustomed to the Vicodin and needs a larger dosage in order to get the same high. The initial dose isn’t “cutting it” any longer. When users run out of the drug, they will sometimes steal, fake an injury or illness or “doctor shop” in order to get their hands on Vicodin. They will do whatever it takes to get it. Symptoms of overuse vary from user to user but normally include breathing difficulty, drowsiness, lightheadedness, headache, anxiety, confusion, dry mouth, constipation, ringing in the ears, stomach pain and seizures.
Vicodin Medical Detox Therapy
There are multiple symptoms that are associated with the withdrawal process from Vicodin. These include the normal anxiety, depression, mood swings, vomiting and nausea. There is also chills, sweats and dehydration. One may also experience muscle aches and high blood pressure. These symptoms will normally appears within just a few hours of the final dose and can last for many days. The severity of these symptoms will vary depending on the length of time the user was taking the drug and the exact dosage that was being consumed.
To detox from Vicodin, users have a couple of options. There is detox available via both outpatient and inpatient. Many prefer to do the detoxification process via outpatient so that they can continue taking classes at college, working their jobs or parenting their children. They will report to a medical physician and receive detox medication (like methadone or suboxone) in tapering doses, so that the process can be done at home. However, this isn’t effective for everyone. Some people are unable to complete the process. Some people actually get hooked on the detoxification medication. An alternative is an inpatient detox. Here, at Shadow Mountain Recovery, we offer IV therapy detox where medication is provided via an IV that makes controlling withdrawal symptoms easier and more effective. It also makes it much more comfortable for the patient, as opposed to oral medication at other inpatient facilities.
Overcoming Misuse of Vicodin After Medical Detox
After medical detox, the journey isn’t complete. We encourage you to enroll in our behavioral program that can help you restructure and redirect your life. It is important that you realize that your drug addiction was not a disease and that you have the power to say no to the drugs. You can choose to go down a different path by consciously developing differently habits, thoughts and behaviors. We can help you choose a life that is forever drug-free.