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Medically Assisted Vicodin Detox

Are you thinking about a Vicodin detox? At Guardian Recovery Network we prioritize providing our clients with a safe and pain-free drug withdrawal in a comfortable, homestyle retreat environment. We believe that medically monitored detox services should include more than medical treatment and clinical care — we believe that every comprehensive detoxification program should provide personalized care, addressing the mental and emotional aspects of addiction as well as the physical. When it comes to potent and narcotic pain medications like Vicodin, the physical and psychological symptoms associated with withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable — and potentially dangerous — when left untreated. At Guardian Recovery Network our experienced and deeply compassionate team of professional and licensed therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, prescribing physicians and addiction specialists work together to develop the most individualized and effective detox plans available. The level of clinical care that we consistently provide cannot be found in any state-run detoxification facility or traditional hospital setting. If you or a loved one has been suffering at the hands of Vicodin addiction and need help to quit, simply give us a call today and speak with one of our treatment advisors who are standing by 24/7 to help you.

What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is a narcotic pain reliever most commonly prescribed to treat moderate or severe acute pain. Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone (a potent opioid painkiller) and acetaminophen (a non-addictive, over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer). This specific medication is just one of many prescription drugs responsible for what has recently become a nationwide opioid epidemic. While Vicodin itself is highly addictive and can lead to a range of serious consequences, prescription painkiller abuse often progresses into heroin dependence since the illicit drug is more readily accessible and affordable. If you or someone you love has been abusing Vicodin or any other prescription painkiller, seeking professional help as soon as possible is extremely important. A medically monitored detox is a vital first step on the road to Vicodin addiction recovery.

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About Vicodin

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 232,000 Americans lost their lives to prescription drug addiction between the years 1999 and 2018. High rates of prescription drug overdose are linked to overprescribing and widespread prescription drug misuse. The majority of men and women who abuse prescription drugs either obtain them from a close friend or relative, or were initially prescribed the medication by a trusted physician for a legitimate medical reason and developed a dependence over time.

In October 2014 the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) changed Vicodin from a Schedule III to a Schedule II chemical substance after recognizing its high potential for abuse. Not only is this medication extremely addictive, but the high amounts of acetaminophen have been shown to lead to liver damage and liver failure when taken other than as prescribed. Because of this, the DEA announced that Vicodin would have to be manufactured with 325mg of acetaminophen or less — still, many individuals who abuse this specific chemical substance experience long-term liver damage because they are repeatedly ingesting such high levels of acetaminophen.

Vicodin Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Vicodin addiction:

  • Taking more Vicodin than intended for a longer period of time than intended
  • Spending a great deal of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of Vicodin
  • Continuing to use Vicodin despite related consequences, which could be interpersonal, legal, financial or work-related
  • A lack of motivation to fulfill personal responsibilities or participate in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Isolating from loved ones/an increased need for privacy
  • Noticeable changes to sleeping or eating patterns
  • An increase in risk-taking behaviors, like combining Vicodin with other chemical substances like alcohol or driving while under the influence
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors like stealing prescriptions from others and doctor shopping
  • Developing a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose of Vicodin is required in order for the same effects to be produced
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is suddenly stopped

If an individual is afflicted with between two and three of the above-listed symptoms he or she is said to be suffering from a mild substance abuse disorder. If he or she experiences between four and five symptoms the substance abuse disorder is considered moderate, and six or more indicates a severe substance abuse disorder. Regardless of how severe a substance abuse disorder has become Guardian Recovery Network is available to help.

Vicodin Withdrawal

Vicodin withdrawal can be intensely uncomfortable and can lead back to using the drug even when an individual doesn’t want to. A Vicodin detox might be necessary.

Symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal include:

  • Flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, low-grade fever, stomach cramping and night sweats
  • Excessive yawning
  • An inability to fall or stay asleep
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Insomnia

The symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal generally begin within the first 6 to 12 hours after the last dose and last for between one and two weeks. However, the duration of withdrawal can be minimized dramatically when an individual is treated around the clock in a designated and medically monitored detox facility.

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Is Vicodin Detox Necessary?

When it comes to Vicodin abuse medical detox is most often necessary for a number of reasons. The physical symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal are intensely uncomfortable and generally lead to a relapse if not eased with medication and closely monitored. The psychological symptoms and cravings associated with Vicodin withdrawal should also be adequately treated by a licensed psychiatrist. At Guardian Recovery Center we focus on relapse prevention by monitoring clients around-the-clock while they are in detox and ensuring that they immediately transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care when discharged. The rates of relapse are reduced significantly when an individual commits to detox and a subsequent admission into inpatient rehab.

Treatment Options for Vicodin Detox

There are several available treatment options for men and women who have been suffering at the hands of a Vicodin abuse disorder. At Guardian Recovery Network we generally combine tapering with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), holistic treatment methods and therapeutic intervention. Tapering is sometimes necessary in the case of severe opioid abuse disorders. Tapering essentially means that the client is slowly weaned off the medication over time, as a licensed physician oversees the process and regularly monitors blood pressure, pulse and body temperature to ensure that there are no complications.

In addition to tapering we often utilize certain medications — like naltrexone and buprenorphine —  a combination of opioid and opioid antagonist known to alleviate the physical symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal while reducing the psychological drug cravings that often lead to relapse. Certain proven holistic treatment methods are also utilized, including acupuncture (which has been shown to reduce drug cravings) and massage therapy (a non-invasive method of pain management). At Guardian Recovery Network we believe in the benefits of therapeutic intervention during every stage of the recovery process. We provide our clients with individual therapy sessions that take place once a week and group therapy sessions that take place on a daily basis. We also believe in the importance of family involvement. We offer family therapy sessions and a Family Workshop geared towards healing every unit of the immediate family simultaneously.

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    At Guardian Recovery Network we remain dedicated to making every stage of the treatment experience as accessible and straightforward as possible. Seeing as the journey of long-term healing often begins with medically monitored detox, we are available to walk you through every stage of the admissions process from the initial phone call through intake. The moment you or your loved one contacts us we begin by conducting a brief pre-assessment, which can be completed over the phone in a matter of minutes. Next we help determine the most viable coverage option, which could be health insurance coverage, self-pay or private pay depending on your personal circumstances and financial capability. At Guardian Recovery Network we believe that effective addiction treatment should be easy to access, and in order to make this possible we work closely with most major regional and national healthcare providers while offering additional options for clients who are uninsured or underinsured. We understanding how overwhelming the admissions process can seem, especially as you and your loved one have been dealing with the devastation of active addiction. We are available to help in any way we can. To learn more about our Vicodin detox program simply contact us today.