Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

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Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller found in such brand names as Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. Due to the euphoric effect that accompanies pain relief, the drug can be highly addictive. As a result, it’s the most abused prescription opioid in the United States. Taken long-term or in excessive dosage, users can develop an addiction.

Sovereign Health treats hydrocodone addiction by providing closely monitored detox and formidable hydrocodone addiction treatment using modern and effective modalities.

Abusing Hydrocodone

Use morphs into abuse with hydrocodone when someone can’t function normally apart from being on the drug. Other signs of hydrocodone abuse include:

  • Using hydrocodone without a current, personal prescription
  • Taking too much of the drug in one dose
  • Using hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs
  • Taking hydrocodone beyond its medical necessity
  • Faking injury to obtain more painkiller medication.
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 Side Effects

As with any other substace, hydrocodone has its share of side effects. Effects from hydrocodone drug abuse can include:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Fear and depression
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation

It is possible to take hydrocodone responsibly, however the body naturally builds up tolerance. Where many go wrong is they confuse physical pain for emotional pain and delve into misuse to quell emotional and mental distress.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Hydrocodone Abuse

  • 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
  • Going through money quickly
  • 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 detoxification with a treatment provider.

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Hydrocodone Inside the Body

Hydrocodone is among the class of Federal Drug Administration medications called narcotic analgeisces.

The drug connects to opioid receptors, which is a fancy 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 is also prescribed for coughing, because it also impacts the part of the brain that triggers coughing.

It also acts on various other brain neurotransmitters:

  • Mu-receptors, responsible for pain inhibition
  • Sigma-receptors are not completely understood but are a nonopioid neurotransmitter responsible for binding psychotropic drugs and may also be to blame for convulsions seen in opiate overdoes
  • Kappa-receptors, sits at the intersection for communication between reward function in the brain and mood
  • Delta-receptors, responsible for binding opioid proteins; this neurotransmitter is responsible for reducing chronic pain
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Getting Help for Abuse

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 show hydrocodone addiction signs.

Sovereign Health is a refreshingly unique residential treatment environment where those who have prescription addictions don’t have to feel shamed into a generic drug rehab.

We go beyond just healing hydrocodone abuse side effects, like most rehab centers. We offer 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 prescription addicts to lie to 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 our patients’ needs and symptoms, mindful that recovery is a major life milestone.

Treatment for hydrocodone addiction begins with detoxification and is often followed by medication maintenance therapy and counseling.

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 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.