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Vicodin Rehabilitation in San Diego

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What is Vicodin and how do you treat its addiction?

The treatment of acute and chronic pain is a difficult challenge. The benefits of a substance or compound are equally balanced with proportionate risks. The better a drug is at doing a specific thing, the greater the likelihood of intolerant short-term effects and damaging long-term effects.

Vicodin is a pain reliever composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Several different formulations contain hydrocodone, used for pain relief and cough suppression. 

You have Vicodin and similar formulations (Anexsia, Lortab, Lorcet, Norco).

This prescription medication is quite efficient at relieving the perception of pain. Perception is critical as the body’s chemical pain messengers are still being produced. As a result, with Vicodin addiction, not only does tolerance develop, but rebound (post-pharmaceutical pain that becomes greater than the previous one) complicates the progressive lack of response to increased dosing. To learn more about La Jolla Recovery’s process in attending to substance use disorder, read more about us.

Combined with the twelve steps, inpatient rehabilitation in San Diego is an evidence-based method to deal with Vicodin addiction and Hydrocodone problems.

How does Vicodin Addiction Begin?

For some people, it all begins by taking Vicodin as prescribed. As the tolerance builds, a person must go back to the doctor and tell them that the dosage is not handling their chronic pain. The doctor may increase the dosage for a while. Still, a doctor who is not well educated or experienced in pain management may cut the person off without addressing substance use disorder or mental health without seeing they might be addicted.

How Do You Know You Are Addicted To Vicodin

Suddenly, a person who never abused the drug is hit with needing Vicodin to prevent withdrawal symptoms and no prescription in hand. Thus, they may start committing prescription fraud or stealing drugs from acquaintances.

A person addicted to hydrocodone or heroin must pass through opiate withdrawal symptoms to reach sobriety. Deep muscle and bone pain, muscle spasms, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, and insomnia are most common.

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I need help for Vicodin. Where do I start?

Obtaining Vicodin typically involves doctor shopping (going from doctor to doctor, accumulating enough prescriptions to permit abuse), altered or fraudulent opiate prescriptions, and theft. Any of these methods of obtaining this addictive drug are illegal and may result in arrest and incarceration.

In other cases, a person starts using it as prescribed but loses the initial impact and finds they like (and feel like they need) the high. They may begin to abuse the drug by using more than prescribed, or they may snort or even inject it.

The other possibility is that the person used the drug recreationally and became addicted. They must chase that drug daily, ensuring enough to prevent withdrawal sickness and enable them to feel normal and function.

Unfortunately, a great deal of damage – if not death – is far more likely than a person with an addiction seeking treatment on their own. With Vicodin, as with other drugs, intervention is sometimes the only way to get a person with a substance use disorder into treatment. Benzodiazepines are other commonly prescribed medications that begin as pain relievers or recreation before growing into entire substance use disorders.

Detox or Rehab for Vicodin?

Inpatient or Outpatient Vicodin addiction treatments

When you decide to begin inpatient or outpatient treatment for your Vicodin problems, you have several options. You will have to make the first decision is entering an outpatient or inpatient rehab program. An inpatient basis might be the most effective path for acute addiction. The best candidates for outpatient therapy are those with a strong support network at home, consisting of close friends and relatives.

Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program, you may opt to go through detox and withdrawal on a residential basis, where La Jolla Recovery’s licensed medical staff and therapies help you or your loved one get through the process minimizing the pain.

Statistics of Vicodin Addiction in the USA

Examining Vicodin Abuse

  • Hydrocodone was the most frequently prescribed opiate, with almost 140 million prescriptions filled during 2010.
  • Of all of the prescriptions containing hydrocodone, the most frequently prescribed are those that combine it with acetaminophen under the brand names of Vicodin or Lortab.
  • The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) showed that almost 25 million people aged 12 and older used hydrocodone recreationally.
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Vicodin Use in Youth

Access to Vicodin as a Way To Experimentation

For many teens, it is easier to steal Vicodin from their parents’ bedrooms than it is to get alcoholic drinks. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future survey, roughly 10% of all tenth and twelfth graders had used Vicodin for recreation.

Hearing Loss, Liver Damage and Vicodin abuse

Real-life hearing authority Dr. John House has called out the fictional Dr. Gregory House (The TV series’s main character) on Vicodin’s severe effects on vital organs. He has shown genuine concern about a message and theme in the TV series episodes. And it was not his poor bedside manner nor his mistreatment of residents. It was his addiction to Vicodin (acetaminophen/ hydrocodone).

At the House Clinic, Dr. John House and his colleagues have reported many patients who have become addicted to Vicodin and have gone completely deaf. They have been taking 13 to 76 tablets per day and have developed a rapidly progressive hearing loss quickly, leading to permanent total deafness.

New research by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that people are receptive to health information from prime-time TV shows. Almost 46 percent of the audience surveyed remembered the critical medical information 45 days later.

So what is the weekly message to the millions of viewers of “House, MD” on the safety of addiction to Vicodin? In watching Dr. House on TV, one gets the impression that his addiction has no consequences other than affecting his medical judgment. The show ended in 2012, but the reruns are still quite popular. I know “House, MD” is a drama, but the real-life tragedies surrounding addiction to Vicodin can be terrible.

It is bad enough that the show depicted a doctor treating patients while addicted to a narcotic. Still, Vicodin is ototoxic, which means it can cause complete and irreversible hearing loss when abused.

Vicodin and other hydrocodone/acetaminophen prescription painkillers affect people differently. One person may take Vicodin for years and not suffer any hearing loss. Another person may take large doses for only five months and suffer acute hearing loss.

The real Doctor House has told the story of a patient called Shannon who was prescribed Vicodin for a back injury. She was taking 39 to 50 pills daily. While it may have temporarily removed the pain in her back, it permanently killed the sensory neural hair cells in her inner ear, leaving her completely deaf.

Another profound physiologic effect is that acetaminophen is toxic to the liver. A heavy hydrocodone addiction problem does irreparable damage to the liver. 

In addition to this, addiction to Vicodin will tarnish his integrity, mental health, and personal relationships. The threat of overdose will lurk around.

Reality TV does not reflect the massive problem and reality of addiction that hurts families and society. At La Jolla Recovery, we want to meet you where you’re at to ensure the window of opportunity is embraced, and help can be taken. Learn more about our unique programs, such as mental health attention, pet rehab, and medication-assisted treatment optional, among other innovative, evidence-based therapies.

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Let us at La Jolla Recovery answer any information you have on Vicodin abuse with confidentiality and anonymity.

What matters most at La Jolla Recovery is that you or your partner/relative/son/daughter finds a practical path that leads to sobriety once Vicodin use becomes a disorder.

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