For the millions of people who watch the television show House, MD, Vicodin is as familiar to them as the cast of characters in the show. For many years, the main character, Dr. House, did not hide his abuse of Vicodin, popping pills several times a day as if they were gumballs. His flippant disregard for abusing the drug brought an element of humor to the program. However, in the past several years the addiction has brought the all powerful Dr. House his knees as he attempts detox and recovery.
Vicodin is a combination of two pain relievers: acetaminophen, commonly known by the trade name Tylenol; and hydrocodone, a synthetic form of codeine. The hydrocodone changes how the body responds to pain while acetaminophen facilitates pain relief and reduces fever.
Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
The media may have done some people a favor by showing Dr. House suffer through Vicodin withdrawal, the symptoms of which include the following:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Cold flashes
- Involuntary leg movements
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
How Vicodin Addiction Works
Many people think that Vicodin must not be addictive because a physician prescribed it. However, there are many other reasons why people end up abusing the drug, including the following examples:
- Believing that, if a certain dosage relieves one amount of pain, than a larger dosage must relieve more
- Not allowing sufficient time between dosages
- Using the medication for the euphoric effect versus the pain-relieving benefits
- Ignoring or denying an increasing obsession with the drug
Treatment Programs for Vicodin Addiction
One of the positive aspects of House, M.D. is the episodes that depicted Dr. House experiencing the rehab process. There were many revealing episodes where Dr. House attempted to quit using Vicodin without professional help, only to fail miserably. The inpatient treatment methods that helped him can also help you quit Vicodin as they provide the following care:
- 24 hour attention as needed
- Ensuring an environment where addicts do not have access to drugs
- Structure and schedules to give addicts well-rounded lives without drugs
- Freedom to focus on recovery because the daily pressures of life are put on hold
- In addition to providing a multitude of counseling strategies, these facilities often provide additional therapeutic programs designed to enhance physical and emotional well-being. These programs can include yoga, meditation, acupuncture and nutritional support.
Vicodin Addiction Help
Call us to ask questions about your Vicodin use. To be assured of confidentiality as well as to receive answers to any questions you might have, call our toll-free helpline any time; we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right treatment program to handle drinking and depression and can provide you with options, information about insurance and resources for treatment. We are here to help.