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Vicodin Rehab

vicodin-rehabAccording to findings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 78 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day. This alarming statistic shows the need for rehab centers that treat Vicodin abuse and addiction. Furthermore, up to 75 percent of opioid abusers turn to heroin as a cheaper source for their addiction.

Why Seek Vicodin Rehab for Abuse and Addiction?

In 2014, Vicodin was promoted from Schedule III to Schedule II in an effort to make stricter regulations for the dispensing of the drug. When Vicodin is abused, a severe addiction can quickly develop for which Vicodin rehab treatment is needed.

Due to the nature of Vicodin addiction, which can be both physical and psychological, a comprehensive treatment approach is required to break the physical addiction and change the mental behavior that causes the dependence to the drug.

There are several factors that can lead to a psychological addiction including genetics, environment and psychological disorders. In a rehab center, the reason for the psychological addiction will be explored in an effort to give the patient control over their actions again.

Treating the Physical Addiction

Detox programs are there to help people stop using an addictive substance. Due to the various withdrawal symptoms experienced in Vicodin withdrawal such as vomiting, depression, aches and pains throughout the body, intense cravings and abdominal pains, detox can be dangerous especially if prior medical conditions are present.

Additionally, detoxifying alone can easily fail as the cravings win over the control of the person. At a rehab center, a patient will be under constant supervision during their withdrawal phase to ensure their success.

Treating the Psychological Addiction

After detox has been successful, the patient will attend therapy sessions that include methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, Motivational Incentives and motivational interviewing. In cognitive behavioral therapy, the patient will discover problem areas in their behavior and thinking that can cause drug-seeking behavior. They will also be given new coping skills to help them through difficult times in their life that would have previously led to drug abuse.

Motivational Incentives use low-cost rewards to motivate change in a patient, such as recreational time or phone privileges for passing a drug test. It has been shown to be effective at treating opioid addiction.

Motivational interviewing is a therapy in which a patient will lead sessions by discussing things they are ready to talk about. Together with a therapist, the patient will begin to explore difficult areas of their life, causing internal motivation for change.

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Rehab Programs

Outpatient rehab programs do not require patients to live in a treatment facility. They instead come to the rehab center for daily therapy and group sessions and then go home once sessions are completed. These programs work best for those who have work or home responsibilities they cannot leave behind. This type of program requires strong will, dedication and a strong support system. 

Inpatient treatment programs  require recovering addicts to reside at a facility. In general, there is a higher chance for a successful completion of a treatment program when an inpatient program is used. This is due to several factors, including the support they receive from the staff as well as other recovering patients, as well as the structured programs and the supervision to ensure relapse does not occur. Patients are far more likely to remain and be successful in an inpatient setting since it allows them to focus solely on their recovery.

In some cases, a person has no choice but to use an outpatient program for Vicodin abuse treatment due to responsibilities that they have to attend to such as keeping a job or looking after someone who is ill. In those situations, the addiction can still be effectively treated as long as the patient is willing to complete the program.

Relapse Prevention

After the treatment process, the recovering addict will be given the skills and information needed to see problem areas in their life that might cause them to abuse drugs again. When they see the patterns of relapse beginning, they are advised to seek help through therapy sessions as well as through support groups, sponsors and individual counseling.

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