About Vicodin Addiction
Composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (painkiller) in different dosages, Vicodin has become one of the most abused drugs in the US. It consists of a very strong opiate painkiller and a moderate non-steroid pain reliever. It works by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and also instigates a sense of euphoria, making Vicodin a highly addictive drug.
Vicodin is a prescription drug and is often prescribed by doctors to ease patients with pain or injury. These patients then build a tolerance for it thereby increasing chances of addiction. They may exceed their prescribed dosage, and before they know it, they will start procuring it illegally. Methods of Vicodin abuse include: Ingesting more pills than prescribed, snorting or intravenously by injecting.
Effects of Vicodin Addiction
Like any other drug, Vicodin addiction also has a severe impact on one’s body. While the hydrocodone in Vicodin induces feelings of euphoria, the acetaminophen affects the liver and causes serious damage. Here are some of the effects of Vicodin addiction:
- Vomiting and upset stomach
- Liver failure
- Decreased heart rate
- Decreased respiration
Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction
Withdrawal Symptoms of Vicodin
Just like other opiates, Vicodin withdrawal is also very traumatic and has painful symptoms. The biggest problem with Vicodin withdrawal is that it can begin even after a slight reduction in dosage or intervals between doses. This makes it difficult for people with Vicodin addiction to seek treatment. Here are some of the primary withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin addiction:
- Pain in the muscles and bone
- Difficulty sleeping
- Restlessness and uncontrollable leg movements
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling cold
Vicodin Withdrawal at AKUA
Vicodin detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:
- 24 hour supervision
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- Psychiatric and nursing support
- Group and individual counseling and therapy
- Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:
- The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
- Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
- Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:
- The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
- Mindfulness relapse prevention
- Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
- Group and individual assignments
- Transportation and housing provided
AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Humana, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellen, HMC Health Works, Tricare, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi Plan, Triwest.
The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.
Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.
No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.