A combination of the opiate hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Vicodin remains one of the most commonly prescribed – and one of the most addictive – prescription painkillers in circulation. Sold on the streets and often obtained through illegal practices such as “doctor shopping,” medical fraud, theft and faked prescriptions, Vicodin can also be obtained through legitimate physicians. However, over time and with repeated use, Vicodin’s short half-life, strong withdrawal symptoms and persistent cravings leave users of the drug unable to cease Vicodin intake on their own. In such cases, an inpatient stay at a Vicodin treatment center may be necessary in order to facilitate full recovery from drug addiction.
Types of Vicodin Treatment Programs
For most individuals, Vicodin treatment centers are considered to be equivalent to one another – largely, just extensions of the notion of “prescription drug rehab.” However, there are two distinct types of Vicodin treatment centers – known as inpatient and outpatient facilities. Each type caters to the severity of the drug addiction and the responsibilities of the patient, offering different varieties of treatment provided to patients.
Inpatient Vicodin Treatment Programs
For those who have a long-standing or severe Vicodin addiction, residential treatment centers often are required in order to break the physical and psychological dependency on the opiate analgesic. Inpatient Vicodin treatment centers tend to provide detox facilities on the center’s grounds, staffed by professional therapists and licensed medical staff. Inpatient Vicodin treatment centers can generally offer Dual Diagnosis capacity for those who suffer from a secondary mental health condition in addition to Vicodin addiction.
Additionally, addiction specialists tend to lead 12-step style meetings, as patients receive the benefit of peer support in both self-help meetings and group therapy. In general, patient progress is also bolstered by family and couples counseling sessions, art therapy, fitness and nutritional guidance, mind-body therapies, guided meditations and various workshops. Before patients “graduate” back into their sober lives, meetings with transitional care specialists take place, to ensure against unnecessary triggers, make plans for support network strengthening and create personal schedules that engender sobriety.
Outpatient Vicodin Treatment Programs
For other patients, Vicodin addiction has not prolonged over time or worsened in severity. Strong local support systems and parental or career responsibilities help engender success in an outpatient setting, facilitated by prior detoxification at a county or private facility. Patients can attend addiction education classes, 12-step meetings, occupational counseling sessions and mandatory drug testing in order to achieve sobriety.