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Overcoming an Addiction to Vicodin: What are the Options for Treatment?

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Vicodin is a prescription pain reliever that is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Street names for Vicodin include Vikes, Vics, Vicos, Hydros, Lorris, Fluff, Scratch, Norco, Idiot Pills, Tabs, Watsons, and 357s. The drug is highly addictive and can have intense effects on the abuser’s mind and body. The risk of liver damage is exceptionally high with this drug. If you are battling an addiction to Vicodin, seek help. Many addiction treatment centers are available to help get you on the road to recovery for Vicodin addiction. 

Side Effects of Vicodin Abuse 

Vicodin addiction has severe consequences for the user. Some of the side effects include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Relaxed feeling 
  • Lightheadedness
  • Constipation 
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Lowered heart rate 
  • Breathing issues 
  • Cramps 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Muscle pain 

Vicodin withdrawal symptoms:

  • Irritability 
  • Mood swings 
  • Anxiety 
  • Confusion 
  • Change in appetite 
  • Drug cravings 
  • Tremors 
  • Enlarged pupils 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Sweating 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Sleep issues 
  • Runny nose 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Nasal congestion 

Vicodin overdose symptoms:

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Oxygen deprivation 
  • Chest pain 
  • Coma
  • Death 

The symptoms of Vicodin addiction can be extreme and, in some cases, fatal. If you are abusing Vicodin, reach out to a resource center. A residential treatment facility may be beneficial in your recovery journey. 

Vicodin Addiction Treatment Programs

Treating Vicodin is similar to treating most drug addictions. Treatment starts with medically supervised detox. Then, inpatient rehab at an addiction treatment center is strongly recommended to ensure the person gets the best possible care for their Vicodin addiction and continues the recovery process. There, the person will learn life skills, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention while under the supervision of the around-the-clock staff. Alternative treatment options include intensive outpatient programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step programs, art therapy, family therapy, sober living homes, and support groups. If you or a loved one is abusing Vicodin, contact a behavioral health professional to discuss your next steps toward and recovery. Sober living is possible. 

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