Drug Treatment Options for Vicodin Addiction

Drug Treatment Options for Vicodin AddictionPrescription painkillers are one of the fastest growing abused substances in the United States, and Vicodin is no exception. From 2008 to 2009, there was an increase in prescription painkiller abuse in adults ages 18 to 25 by 0.8 percent. Researchers contribute this to the increased rate of prescription painkiller misuse (from 4.1 to 4.8 percent).

Vicodin is classified as a semi-synthetic opiate painkiller. Often with Vicodin (and any other painkiller), use begins legitimately for a medically necessary purpose. Vicodin abuse is defined as individuals using the drug beyond medically prescribed use.

Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction and Withdrawal

The risk for Vicodin addiction increases after several weeks of using and many do not realize they are addicted until they are no longer given access to drug. Often when the prescription runs out, addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping Vicodin is a hallmark of addiction. Early withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Achy muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • A runny nose

Later, withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms after taking Vicodin, an addiction may be present.

Two Different Styles of Vicodin Addiction Drug Treatment

There are a number of specialty treatment programs available for those struggling with a Vicodin addiction, but all of these programs fall into one of these two categories:

Residential drug treatment: Residential drug addiction treatment involves removing the individual entirely from their home environment and relocating them to a treatment facility. Many patients find residential treatment to be effective because they are removed from the environment that encouraged their drug abuse, thereby allowing them to focus solely on the root cause of addiction.

Outpatient drug treatment: Outpatient drug addiction treatment programs allow the patients to live off site while they attend regularly scheduled appointments with counselors and medical professionals. Outpatient programs are advantageous for those who have more moderate forms of addiction and are able to manage their addiction while continuing to live in their home environment. Outpatient programs often allow patients to maintain their jobs while they receive treatment, as well as manage any other family or social responsibilities they have.

If you or someone you love is struggling with Vicodin addiction, please call our toll-free number. Our trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to discuss your rehab options with you and answer any questions you might have.