Frequently prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever while the acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. In addition to relieving pain, Vicodin produces a euphoric feeling, relaxing both the physical body and the mind.
Vicodin is one of the most widely prescribed pain relievers; as a result, it has become one of the most frequently abused. Vicodin is only prescribed for short-term use; however, many people receive a second prescription, extending their use, because they are still experiencing pain. These extra prescriptions are readily accessible to people who want to abuse Vicodin for its euphoric feelings. Few people monitor the exact number of pills in their prescription and would not realize that a couple of pills were missing. This is one of the primary methods by which Vicodin is available for non-prescribed use.
Vicodin is typically prescribed as a short-term solution because it has been shown that people become tolerant to its benefits after as little as two weeks and still experience many of the typical side effects including constipation, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, stomach pain, and difficulty urinating.
Signs of Vicodin Abuse
When used beyond the suggested period of time or without medical supervision, continued use of Vicodin typically causes an increase in tolerance and is associated with the following symptoms:
- Irregular heart rate
- Physical ailments such as muscle and bone pain, night sweats, and insomnia
- Seeking to obtain Vicodan through illegal acts such as buying it on the street or through juggling doctors
- Requiring more pills to get the same or desired effect
- Taking Vicodin more often or in larger quantities than prescribed
- Deteriorating personal relationships
- Employment, financial, legal, or psychological difficulties
Medical intervention is suggested to safely withdrawal from Vicodin. Therefore, medically-supervised detox in an inpatient treatment facility is a good choice.
Holistic Treatment Options
People view the term “holistic” with many different interpretations. Holistic may mean treating the whole person, not just the addiction. With that definition, all quality addiction treatment programs provide holistic treatment. Holistic may mean treating co-occurring conditions; again, a quality addiction treatment program that provides integrated treated is also providing holistic treatment.
A third interpretation of holistic refers to using both conventional, allopathic treatment options with complementary, alternative treatment options.
- Body – The conventional treatment for the body is through medically-supervised detox, fitness instruction, and nutritional counseling. The complementary services may include acupuncture, massage therapy, and the use of sauna.
- Mind – Conventional counseling strategies include cognitive behavior therapy, individual counseling, and group counseling. Complementary services may include eye movement and desensitization reprogramming (EMDR), equine therapy, or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
- Spirit – Conventional spiritual counseling comes through church services, 12 step meetings, or individual sessions with church leaders. Complementary services may include yoga, tai chi, and meditation.
There are many quality addiction treatment programs that incorporate holistic practices into their service offerings.
Get Help for Vicodin Abuse
Conventional addiction treatment services have been utilized for years; the fact that they continue to be used speaks to their effectiveness. However, different therapeutic strategies continue to evolve; some would be considered conventional and others complementary. By blending the benefits from both avenues of treatment, a quality addiction treatment facility can offer a holistic approach to treatment. Call our toll free number any time of the day to learn more about holistic practices and natural recovery models.