The steps being taken because of the opioid crisis have somewhat cut down on Vicodin abuse and addiction, but it remains a serious problem. Detox and rehab are needed for most people who want to recover, but many people do not realize how important treatment is. Vicodin is highly addictive, and in some parts of the United States, it is still being widely prescribed.
Northpoint Washington’s Vicodin addiction treatment program uses a wide range of evidence-based practices and holistic approaches to help individuals recover from Vicodin abuse. This includes medical detox, counseling, peer support services, relapse prevention strategies, and more. We also provide educational resources for family members so that they can better understand the disease and how it affects their loved ones. Learn more about our substance abuse programs in Washington by calling 425.437.3298.
What Is Vicodin Abuse?
Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is an opioid painkiller that is often prescribed following surgical procedures. Doctors also prescribe it to treat moderate to severe pain.
It is not uncommon for people to unknowingly get addicted to this drug, even after a short period. Many people find that they experience withdrawal symptoms even if they only took it for a short time and according to their doctor’s instructions.
Vicodin is illicitly sold under a number of street names, such as:
- Watson 387
When people abuse Vicodin, they typically start by increasing their dose. Eventually, as the addiction takes hold, they may use it along with other drugs or alcohol. The pills can also be crushed and snorted or mixed with a liquid and injected.
Signs of Vicodin Dependence
Even those who have been using Vicodin for quite some time often have a hard time coming to grips with the fact that they are addicted to it. Many don’t believe it’s possible to get addicted to Vicodin the same way you can become addicted to other types of drugs, and some simply feel in control of their Vicodin use.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re addicted to Vicodin, learning some of the more common Vicodin addiction symptoms can help you. These might include:
- Instances of “nodding out” or being unable to focus or concentrate
- Experiencing blackouts after you’ve taken Vicodin
- Becoming obsessed with Vicodin and looking forward to your next dose
- Experiencing losses in relationships because of your Vicodin use
- Finding ways to get more Vicodin when your prescriptions have run out
Have you noticed any of these Vicodin addiction signs in your own life? If you have noticed even one of them, you may need help from a Vicodin addiction treatment program.
Vicodin Rehab at Northpoint Washington
Realizing that you have an addiction to Vicodin can make you feel as though all hope is lost if you didn’t mean to get addicted to it. It may also come as a shock to you if you’ve been knowingly abusing this medication. Regardless of the reasons behind your addiction or how long you’ve been using Vicodin, finding the right Vicodin rehabilitation program for you is the key to recovery and long-term sobriety.
At Northpoint Washington, we’ve had the opportunity and the privilege to help so many people overcome their addictions to Vicodin. It is a challenging addiction to overcome, but it can be done with the right support.
Our inpatient medical detox and Vicodin addiction treatment program in Edmonds, WA utilizes evidence-based treatments to help patients overcome their addictions. We offer one of the highest staff-to-patient ratios in the area, and our programs are also nationally accredited by the Joint Commission—a testament to our dedication to quality service.