Prescription painkillers can be helpful following injury or surgery. One of the most commonly prescribed is Vicodin which is a narcotic drug comprised of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Vicodin is also one of the most addictive drugs on the market. When a person who has become dependent on Vicodin tries to get clean, he or she will experience strong cravings that he or she may not be able to resist. Fortunately, help is available for those who seek it.
The Nature of Vicodin Cravings and Addiction
There are two types of Vicodin addiction and two types of cravings. Vicodin relieves pain by binding to opiate receptors in the brain, blocking the transmission of certain chemical signals in the nervous system. Vicodin blocks the body’s production of certain pain and anxiety managing chemicals. When the Vicodin leaves your system, you will be left with none of those chemicals and experience symptoms of withdrawal.
Vicodin is also psychologically addictive. It creates a euphoric high in the pleasure center of the brain. The brain will crave that sense of well-being and do whatever it takes to get it. Many people mistakenly believe the physical cravings to be more serious, but that is not true. More relapses are caused by psychological addiction. Those cravings may be impossible to resist without focused outside help.
Combating Vicodin Cravings
The person just getting clean from Vicodin will experience physical and psychological cravings. The physical cravings should only last a matter of days or weeks, but psychological cravings can last for months, years or even a lifetime. Thus successful recovery is not defined as the elimination of cravings but the successful development of an ability to resist them. That is one of the reasons drug treatment is so important. It is not uncommon for someone to be able to quit taking Vicodin on his or her own for a long enough period of time to make it through the detox phase, only to relapse when his or her psychological addiction kicks in. The best programs walk addicts through detox and then prepare them for a long and healthy life beyond addiction.
Even someone who has been clean from Vicodin for a long time may suddenly experience powerful cravings. These may be brought on my stress, anxiety, emotional pain or even physical pain. It is in these times that sharing your cravings with your recovery sponsor (another recovering addict who will hold you accountable to staying clean) or a support group can help. In most cases these cravings will pass quickly, and sharing them with others is the fastest way to get yourself in a position to resist them. Many recovering addicts will maintain sponsor and group relationships for the rest of their lives.
Help with Vicodin Cravings Today
If you are struggling with cravings for Vicodin, we can help. Whether you are an active user looking to get clean for the first time, or a user who has been in recovery for decades, we understand. Our specially trained addiction experts can answer any questions you may have, confirm insurance coverage and even help you find the best treatment center for your unique situation. Don’t waste another day trapped in a prison made of Vicodin. Call our 24-hour, toll-free helpline any time of day or night. We’re ready when you are.