Vicodin is a prescription pain reliever composed of acetaminophen and hydrocodone and is used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are pain relievers that, when combined, amplify the effects of each other, making a more potent drug. Vicodin works on the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and alleviates pain by changing the way the body perceives pain.
Vicodin is the most prescribed painkiller in the United States. According to a 2011 FDA study, over 131 million prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing pain relievers were written by doctors in that year alone. Vicodin is also one of the most abused pain relievers in the U.S.
Benefits of Treatment
Individualized treatment planning is an essential part of a quality Vicodin rehab program. Some treatment programs use a “one size fits all” approach for treating their patients. All patients may receive the same treatment, whether it is beneficial to the patients’ progress or not. However, there are other treatment programs that provide each patient with a unique treatment plan.
Treatment plans are made by a team of medical professionals and the patient and are based on the patient’s physical, psychological and emotional needs. Some patients may thrive in group settings, while others benefit more from one-on-one counseling. One patient may respond to art therapy, while another responds better to equine therapy. Some patients may be dealing with underlying mental health issues or family problems. The treatment team takes everything they know about each patient’s situation into account and builds a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
A review of studies published in 2009 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that patients who received their preferred treatment were 50% less likely to drop out of treatment than those who received a standard treatment. Additionally, patients who were treated with their preferred treatment method had a 60% greater chance of improving, compared to patients who received a standard treatment, indicating that individualized treatment plans provide patients with a greater chance of short-term and long-term recovery success.
Vicodin Recovery Needs
In order to attain and maintain long-term Vicodin recovery, quality treatment is essential. A comprehensive treatment program treats not just the physical addiction, but also the psychological addiction. After undergoing a period of medically supervised detox, patients work with counselors and therapists to determine the root cause of their addictions to identify triggers or situations that lead to Vicodin use and to make a plan of how to avoid or deal with triggers. Counselors work with patients one-on-one and in group settings to help them deal with the consequences of their addictions such as strained relationships, employment situations and financial crises. Finally, once patients complete the treatment program, aftercare, such as group sessions, counseling sessions and support groups, is provided.
In addition to the three major components of treatment, a key component in achieving and maintaining Vicodin recovery is having solid support, whether it be from family, friends or coworkers. Many patients cannot maintain recovery on their own. Support provides encouragement and accountability for the recovering addict.
Vicodin Addiction Help
If you or a loved one are struggling with a Vicodin addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you find a treatment program that identifies and treats your individual needs in order to give you the best care possible. Let us help you choose a treatment program that will lead to greater short-term and long-term recovery. Call today!