Looking out the window contemplating his vicodin addictionVicodin is a compound drug containing both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Some people become addicted to opioid painkillers like Vicodin. Others can take the drug as prescribed and not have any issues. Certain factors increase the likelihood of developing a Vicodin addiction.

You Have Another Substance Addiction

If you have another addiction, like alcohol or cocaine, you’re at a higher risk for a prescription painkiller addiction to a drug like Vicodin.

You Have a Family History of Alcohol or Drug Abuse

Statistics show that addiction tends to run in families. One study reported that genetics influence the risk of alcohol or drug abuse by 50% or more.

You’ve Experienced Childhood Trauma

If you’re prescribed painkillers like Vicodin and have experienced childhood events like physical or sexual abuse, or lost a parent at a young age, you’re at a higher risk for a Vicodin addiction.

People who have gone through traumatic events often relive traumas. This is called post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In many cases, individuals with PTSD repeatedly take drugs to numb the distress that accompanies reliving trauma, opening the door to Vicodin addiction.

You Have a Mental Health Disorder

Mental illness is often seen with drug abuse, a condition called dual diagnosis. When a person takes Vicodin for pain relief, the drug may also help relieve mental health symptoms like anxiety or depression. When an individual keeps taking painkillers to relieve mental illness symptoms, an addiction can result.

How to Tell If You Have a Vicodin Addiction

The warning signs of Vicodin addiction include:

  • Becoming physically ill when you have no Vicodin or stop taking it: muscle and joint aches and pains, excessive sweating, anxiety, agitation and sleeplessness
  • Taking more Vicodin to gain the same previous effects
  • Anxious about having enough of the drug for the next dose
  • “Doctor shopping” to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Family and friends express concern about your drug use
  • Keeping your Vicodin use a secret, feelings of guilt or shame over your drug use
  • Hiding Vicodin or having a ready supply in different places to always have the drug at hand

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these warning signs, there is professional help for Vicodin addiction at Beaches Recovery, a licensed opiate addiction treatment center located in scenic Jacksonville FL.

Vicodin Addiction Treatment at Beaches Recovery

Inpatient or outpatient opiate abuse treatment programs will help you or a loved one toward the journey of recovery. Which level of care needed depends on how much and how long the addiction has had a grip on your life.

Due to the serious cravings and urges that opiate addiction creates, starting with detox treatment is the recommended choice. Residential detox has 24/7 monitoring, providing a protected environment to resist the powerful temptations to take Vicodin that happen in the initial stages of sobriety.

Then, you or a loved one choose from:

  • Residential Inpatient
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
  • Outpatient program

Each program has different levels of care and varying levels of freedom.

Once you and your team of addiction treatment professionals decide it’s time to venture into independent living without Vicodin being a threat to sobriety, sober living in Jacksonville helps to ease the transition into long-term recovery.

Call Beaches Recovery Today to Get Started

Our admissions specialists are standing by 24/7 to take your call. Begin the road to recovery by calling 866-605-0532. We’ll answer all your questions, verify your healthcare insurance, and do everything possible to ensure you receive the best Vicodin addiction treatment available.