Vicodin is the most common brand name for acetaminophen, also known as hydrocodone. It is a prescription opioid medication that can be very useful in relieving moderate to severe pain but also has the potential to be extremely addictive. In fact, the global opioid epidemic stemmed from the over-prescription of drugs like Vicodin and has now resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of deaths with millions more developing an opiate addiction. When you are addicted to Vicodin, it may seem like the addiction has an iron grip on you but with a lot of willpower and the right support, you can break free and transform your life.
Vicodin addiction is when you compulsively keep taking Vicodin even though it is having a negative effect on your health, life or well-being. Vicodin addiction usually develops in one of two main ways: either you start taking Vicodin for legitimate pain relief or you misuse the drug recreationally or for self-medication.
Vicodin works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which reduces the perception of pain. However, it is easy to build a tolerance to Vicodin where you need to take more and more of the drug to experience these painkilling effects. As you start taking higher doses, you can become physically dependent on Vicodin and have to take it just to feel okay and function normally. Once you are physically dependent, a psychological Vicodin addiction often follows.
This has become a very common route to Vicodin addiction in recent years as Vicodin prescriptions have increased dramatically in the UK with 12.8% of adults in England receiving an opioid prescription in 2017/2018.
People who engage in Vicodin abuse usually do so for the euphoric “high” it produces or to help cope with emotional issues, trauma or underlying mental health condition. However, Vicodin abuse is often a gateway to addiction because, just as with prescription Vicodin use, it can quickly result in physical and psychological dependence.
Whether you started taking Vicodin on prescription, recreationally or to self-medicate, Vicodin addiction is a serious issue with potentially lethal consequences. In fact, opiate abuse and addiction to drugs like Vicodin led to 1829 deaths in England in 2017 and a further 815 in Scotland.
There are various underlying causes and factors which can increase your risk of becoming addicted to Vicodin. These include:
Recognising the signs of Vicodin addiction and admitting you need help can be difficult, particularly if you were originally prescribed Vicodin for legitimate pain. Many people with prescription drug addiction convince themselves that they are still in pain or need to keep taking the medicine beyond the expiration of their prescription. Try asking yourself the following questions which could point to signs or symptoms of Vicodin addiction:
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, it’s likely that you need Vicodin addiction treatment. At Liberty House, our expert team can provide you with the tailored support and treatment you need to recover from your addiction.
Vicodin abuse and addiction can have a range of negative effects on your physical and mental health, as well as on your personal life.
Physical health problems:
Mental health problems:
Problems in your personal life:
The first step in treatment is to detox from Vicodin which will help to break the physical addiction to the drug. The safest and most effective way to undergo Vicodin detox is at an inpatient detox centre like Liberty House where you will be monitored 24/7 by medical professionals.
During detox, you may experience Vicodin withdrawal symptoms which can be uncomfortable and unpleasant but at Liberty House, our team will give you a full medical assessment upon admission and create a bespoke detox plan to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible.
Common Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include:
The length and severity of your Vicodin withdrawal symptoms will depend on factors such as how long you’ve been taking the drug and how much you were taking but Liberty House will ensure you are kept safe and fully supported throughout the Vicodin detox process.
While Vicodin detox will deal with the physical aspect of your addiction, Vicodin rehab will help you get to the root causes of the condition and teach you how to manage psychological and emotional issues without Vicodin. At Liberty House, both Vicodin rehab and detox are done in an inpatient setting because we believe this has a number of benefits, including:
During your stay at Liberty House, you will take part in a range of therapies and activities that are designed to help you recover from your addiction. These include:
Once you have completed Vicodin rehab, it’s important that you have a plan in place for aftercare. This is because addiction is a chronic condition so there is always the risk of relapse. At Liberty House, we offer one year’s free group therapy sessions to all our clients so that you continue to get the support and sense of community that is so crucial for a successful recovery from Vicodin addiction.
Vicodin addiction is a serious issue which can have devastating consequences. If you need help, get in touch with Liberty House today. The sooner you take that first step on the road to recovery, the sooner you will start to reap the benefits of a Vicodin-free life.