Wilmington Treatment Center helps individuals struggling with Vicodin addiction build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Located in North Carolina, Wilmington will help you smoothly transition from detoxification to our residential rehab center.
The Importance of Vicodin Detox
Vicodin is an opioid-based prescription painkiller that is most commonly used to treat mild to severe pain. Containing a combination of acetaminophen and the opioid hydrocodone, Vicodin eases the physical pain while also eliciting a sensation of relaxed euphoria. Unfortunately, the prevalence and power of Vicodin make this drug a popular substance of abuse.
Some people fall into a pattern of Vicodin addiction after being prescribed the medication for a legitimate medical purpose, while others begin to abuse the drug after illicitly acquiring it in an attempt to self-medicate. Still others abuse it solely for recreational purposes. Regardless of the reason why a person begins to abuse Vicodin, the behavior puts him or her at risk for considerable damage, including but not limited to addiction.
Vicodin addiction, which is a type of opioid use disorder, is characterized by several self-defeating symptoms, including powerful urges to continue to abuse this drug, a need to consume increasingly larger doses in order to experience the desired effect, and a loss of control over the amount and frequency of one’s Vicodin abuse. Also, people who become addicted to Vicodin will continue to abuse the drug even after experiencing negative effects due to that behavior.
One of the reasons why people have such difficulty stopping their Vicodin addiction, even when they know that they should cease this behavior, is that attempting to stop can be an extremely distressing experience. Fear of these upsetting symptoms, or failed attempts to end one’s Vicodin abuse, can drive a person deeper into this self-defeating behavior.
What Happens During Vicodin Withdrawal
When a person has developed an opioid use disorder involving Vicodin, his or her body will adapt to the presence of this drug. When the drug is not present, the body will react in a variety of highly unpleasant ways, which is a painful experience that is known as withdrawal.
The rapidity with which a person begins to experience withdrawal symptoms, and the nature and intensity of those symptoms, will depend upon several unique factors including the duration, severity, and amount of the individual’s prior Vicodin abuse. Considering those factors, the following are among the more common Vicodin withdrawal symptoms:
- Aching muscles
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Watery eyes and runny nose
- Excessive sweating
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Disrupted sleep
- Dysphoria (the inability to experience pleasure)
These symptoms can begin to set in within hours of a person’s last use of Vicodin, and can last for days. When an individual attempts to endure Vicodin withdrawal without professional help, the intensity of this pain and the knowledge that it can be alleviated by taking Vicodin can quickly overwhelm even the most dedicated desire to get clean.
Thankfully, there is a better way to end one’s pattern of Vicodin abuse.
Why Choose Wilmington Treatment Center for Vicodin Detox
At our detox center, men and women who need to rid their bodies of Vicodin can do so in a safe and supportive environment with the expert assistance of compassionate professionals. When an individual makes the life-affirming decision to enter Vicodin detox at Wilmington Treatment Center, he or she can benefit from the following features of our program:
- Comfort – As described in the previous section, withdrawing from Vicodin or any other opioid can be an unpleasant experience. In Wilmington Treatment Center’s detoxification program, individuals may be able to receive certain prescription medications that will ease the opioid cravings and alleviate other distressing symptoms as they rid their bodies of Vicodin.
- Safety – Throughout an individual’s Vicodin detox experience at Wilmington Treatment Center, he or she will be under the constant supervision of trained professionals. His or her health will be monitored, he or she will have no access to the substance that he or she had been abusing, thus eliminating the risk of relapse, and he or she will be protected from becoming a risk to him or herself or others.
- Superior support – Our detox staff is composed of licensed and certified professionals who are experienced in all aspects of the Vicodin detoxification experience and who are uniquely prepared to provide world-class medical and therapeutic support.
Also, individuals will have the opportunity to participate in individual, group, and certain experiential therapies while still in detox. Doing so can help them to have a more successful detox experience while also preparing them for continued progress in the residential and/or outpatient phases of their recovery.
Long-Term Benefits of Vicodin Detoxification
The advantages described in the previous section are not the only benefits of participating in detoxification at our center. In addition to providing immediate safety and security, detox for Vicodin abuse can yield the following long-term benefits:
- Positive Mindset: The destructive cycle of Vicodin addiction can cause an individual to lose faith in him or herself and hope for the future. Experiencing success in detox can help an individual to develop the self-confidence and positive mindset that will support his or her continued efforts to achieve long-term recovery.
- Health: As an individual rids his or her body of Vicodin, he or she will begin to experience renewed physical strength and psychological stability. The absence of destructive opioids, the presence of medications to ease discomfort, and the opportunity to participate in therapy will put the individual on the path to a much healthier future.
- Community: Throughout the United States and across the globe, a vibrant and dynamic community is a source of support for countless individuals and families who are walking the path of recovery. While in Vicodin detox at Wilmington Treatment Center, an individual will be introduced to the power and possibility of the recovery community.
To learn more about detoxification for Vicodin addiction at Wilmington Treatment Center, or for additional information about any of our other services, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our detox center is the perfect place for you or a loved one.