How Vicodin Addiction Develops

vicodin addictionVicodin is the brand name of a prescription painkiller that’s composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. People who have chronic pain due to illness, disease or injury are often prescribed Vicodin for relief. The hazard of taking this type of opioid painkiller is that a Vicodin addiction may easily develop.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) classifies hydrocodone as a Schedule II narcotic. Schedule II drugs are known for their extreme potential for abuse, which often leads to mental or physical dependence. Schedule II drugs are considered dangerous.

Between 2000 and 2014, nearly half a million Americans died from overdoses involving opioid painkillers like Vicodin, according to a report issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

What Is Vicodin Addiction?

When people use Vicodin properly and for short time periods, hydrocodone is usually safe and effective. When people take it for long time periods, they can build up tolerances to the drug. More hydrocodone is needed to achieve the same effects. Sometimes, dependence on this drug and other opioid painkillers can happen in relatively short periods of time. Far too many people begin taking hydrocodone as medical treatment, but then become hooked and develop an addiction.

How Is Vicodin Addiction Treated?

It’s difficult when you or a loved one have a Vicodin addiction and try to stop taking it without professional help. Withdrawal symptoms typically develop that most people can’t handle. As a result, they wind up taking more Vicodin for relief.

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
  • Unusual sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you or a loved one is addicted to Vicodin and experience unwanted physical or mental complications, professional addiction treatment is an effective and safe way to minimize or eliminate withdrawal symptoms.

Lakeview Health: Treatment for Vicodin Addiction Begins With a Detox

At Lakeview Health, our comprehensive treatment programs start in our on-site detox center. Many addiction rehabs handle detoxification using an outside detox center or hospital. Our continuum of care standards means we are with you at every stage of treatment on our campus—from detox through transitioning into independent living.

Lakeview Health medical staff administer a supervised detox for men and women in a safe and comfortable setting. Our experienced healthcare professionals provide prescription medications, relieving and eliminating the pain and distress withdrawal may cause.

Also, during detox, our addiction specialists get you started in therapy, so your journey toward recovery begins earlier than if you went to an outside detox center. We prepare you for the therapeutic process that follows the medically supervised withdrawal process. While this preparation isn’t as intense as primary therapy, our program gets you started in exploring the feelings that were held back by addiction and abuse.

The Continuum of Care at Lakeview Health

Once detox is completed, we continue the road to recovery with residential treatment. Our gender-focused approach provides both men’s and women’s programs for maximum effectiveness and comfort. You’ll work on your addiction issues through therapies and activities in our gender-based programs. Our staff-to-patient ratio is one of the lowest of all drug treatment centers in Florida and the United States.  

Your recovery process doesn’t end when you complete residential rehab. Lakeview Health’s support for your newly sober life continues as well. We’ll give you comprehensive support once you’re ready to transition to independent living.

Our support teams stays in contact on a regular basis with phone calls and emails. Your recovery coach, who you developed a relationship with during inpatient treatment, continues that relationship long after you completed the residential program.

Call (866) 704-7692 to open the door to recovery and close the door on crippling Vicodin addiction. At Lakeview Health, our admissions specialists are standing by 24/7 to help you.