Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

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Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller that is commonly sold under various brand names such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. A semi-synthetic opioid, Hydrocodone is commonly prescribed by doctors for its pain-relieving and cough suppressing properties. But, it is important for an individual to be cautious when using it as its long term or extended use, i.e., more than prescribed, can have severe health consequences.

Hydrocodone is among the class of Federal Drug Administration medications called narcotic analgesics. The drug connects to opioid receptors, which is another term for proteins in the brain and spinal cord. Opioids interrupt pain signals headed toward the brain and instead replaces the original signals with messages of euphoria and drowsiness.

Hydrocodone acts on the following brain neurotransmitters:

  • Mu-receptors that are responsible for pain inhibition.
  • Sigma-receptors which are non-opioid neurotransmitters responsible for binding psychotropic drugs and may also be the cause of convulsions seen in opiate overdoses.
  • Kappa-receptors that sit at the intersection for communication between reward function in the brain and mood.
  • Delta-receptors that are responsible for binding opioid proteins and reducing chronic pain.
What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Hydrocodone abuse and addiction

 Hydrocodone when taken in excess or in ways other than prescribed, can lead to an addiction. Therefore, it is important to be cautious when using the drug. Also, one must be extra careful and make sure that the drug is never shared with any other person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.

Some of the common symptoms that signify hydrocodone abuse are:

  • Using the drug without a current, personal prescription
  • Taking too much of the drug in one dose
  • Using the drug with alcohol or other drugs
  • Taking the drug beyond what is prescribed by the doctor
  • Faking injury to obtain more painkiller medication

As with any other illicit substance, abusing hydrocodone can have a number of side effects. Some of the common ones are:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Fear and depression
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
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Withdrawal Symptoms of Hydrocodone Abuse

Withdrawal from hydrocodone can lead to a number of mild as well as severe physical, emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it is important to undergo a detoxification treatment at one of the best hydrocodone detox centers offering both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Some of the common effects caused due to withdrawal from hydrocodone are:

  • Constant shivering
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fever
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Body aches and intense sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Frequently requesting refills
  • Consulting with two or more doctors for additional prescriptions
  • Social isolation
  • Obsessively trying to obtain and use hydrocodone to the exclusion of formerly enjoyable or valued activities
  • Mood swings

Due to the intense and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone, it is advisable that those looking to stop their abuse seek professional hydrocodone detox treatment with a specialized health care provider.

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Getting help

Hydrocodone abuse is more arduous to pinpoint because of its legality and wide acceptance. Many people responsibly use hydrocodone prescriptions for long-term pain management; making it harder to intervene with those who show signs of hydrocodone addiction.

Sovereign Health has a refreshingly unique residential treatment environment that follows a personalized treatment approach to help one recover from his/her addiction. Like many other rehab centers, Sovereign Health goes beyond just healing hydrocodone abuse side effects and offers complete hydrocodone detox, cognitive therapies and brain training tools. Individual and group therapies provide the insight to move beyond prescription addiction.

It is common for people addicted to prescription drugs to lie to their family members, health care providers, and anyone who gets in the way of their pills, making treatment more difficult than it already is. Sovereign Health considers all aspects of its patients’ needs and symptoms as well as stays mindful that recovery is the ultimate milestone that needs to be attained.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health treats hydrocodone addiction by providing closely monitored detox and formidable hydrocodone addiction treatment using modern and effective modalities. While the treatment for hydrocodone addiction at Sovereign Health begins with a detox program, it is often followed by medications, maintenance therapy and counseling.

Sovereign Health serves patients across the U.S. struggling with an array of different life challenges, addictions and disorders.

We specifically tailor treatment for each individual with:

  • Joint Commission-accredited treatment
  • Facilities across the nation
  • Treatment for dual diagnosis of prescription addiction along with a co-occurring disorder such as mental illness, trauma or eating disorders
  • Multiple tracks of treatment: substance abuse, mental health and dual diagnosis
  • Evidence-based and alternative therapies
  • Additional regional programs particularly focused on: adolescent males, teens, women overcoming trauma and middle-aged men with mental health and addiction issues

Sovereign offers cutting-edge treatment and holistic modalities for recovery from drug addiction – prescription or otherwise. We use modern and alternative therapies for eating disorders, drug addiction dual diagnosis of mental health and addiction.

If there’s a loved one who is addicted to hydrocodone and is seeking help, do not delay. Contact us now at our 24/7 helpline number.


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