Vicodin addiction is a disease that affects the mind and body. Treatment for Vicodin addiction goes beyond merely quitting the drug and overcoming withdrawal symptoms; instead, addicts need counseling and therapy to face the underlying psychological issues of their addictions. One psychotherapeutic approach to addiction treatment is motivational interviewing (MI), a method of interacting with patients to inspire change. Therapists understand that every recovering addict is unique emotionally, which means some patients do not see the need to change, therefore they do not desire it. To help addicts overcome this obstacle, addicts can use MI to learn the importance of sobriety and how it can help.
Characteristics of Motivational Interviewing
MI counselors create safe environments free of judgment so that patients can communicate freely. While doing so, therapists seek to engage patients on the following four principles:
- Expressing empathy – Counselors seek to understand each patient’s feelings so they can correct the thoughts behind unhealthy ones. The recovering Vicodin addict must develop comfort and trust in the counselor for MI to be effective, and this step helps establish that rapport.
- Developing discrepancy – The counselor helps each patient define his goals and desires in contrast with his current state
- Rolling with resistance – If a patient resists change, the interviewer does not take a side, but remains neutral and attempts to help her find a different perspective
- Supporting self-efficacy – The interviewer encourages change by promoting the client’s self-confidence, which helps the patient set his own compromises to change
In other words, MI seeks to help patients understand what they feel in response to addiction, which can help them desire change.
How Stages of Change can Help Vicodin Addicts Recover
When Vicodin addicts begin changing their behavior, they change in steps. The beginning stages are cognitive, while the latter stages are behavioral. Interviewers identify each patient’s initial stage and move alongside that patient at her own pace. The stages of change are as follows:
- Pre-contemplation – The patient does not yet see the problem with his behavior and does not express a desire to change
- Contemplation – The patient does not oppose change and has begun to acknowledge the need for it. However, he is ambivalent and weighs the pros and cons of doing so.
- Preparation – The patient acknowledges the need for change and attempts small ones, or “tests the waters”
- Action – Now committed to change, the patient actively changes her behavior
- Maintenance – The recovering addict is now committed to sustaining the changes he has made, because they have helped him end his Vicodin abuse
If a Vicodin addict seeks MI, she may progress through the stages of change to emerge as a recovering Vicodin addict, no longer a suffering one.
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