Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin Addiction

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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:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting and upset stomach
  • Liver failure
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Decreased respiration

Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin is an extremely addictive drug and since it is often prescribed by the doctors, may not realize they are becoming addicted. It is imperative to recognize the signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse, so one can recognize when they or their loved one is becoming addicted. Here are some of the common warning signs to look for:

    • Slow heartbeat
    • Lightheadedness
    • Confusion
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Blurred Vision

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
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling cold

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How Akua Can be Helpful

As painful as Vicodin withdrawal may be, it is crucial that one goes for Vicodin detox. At Akua, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat their addiction. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes Akua one of the best Vicodin addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Detox from Vicodin
Integrated Detox Program

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
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
Residential Program

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
Outpatient Vicodin Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

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