Hydrocodone is a general opioid pain reliever that includes many brands of medication like Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, and Norco. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain and can be highly addictive if used longer than needed. Hydrocodone is the most commonly abused prescription opioid, with nearly 2 million people ages 12 and up abusing it, as of 2014.
Published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, several statistics show that prescription opioid abuse is rampant in the U.S. Some of these stats includes:
When someone stops taking hydrocodone, there are possible withdrawal symptoms that include:
Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms. Still, they can be quite uncomfortable and even painful, so to help mitigate them, doctors may prescribe medication to help, which is called medically-assisted treatment.
There are several treatment programs for individuals who seek treatment in a residential treatment center: detox, residential treatment, which is also called inpatient treatment and can be short or long-term, hospital-based residential treatment, partial hospitalization (more intensive than outpatient care but a step below residential treatment), opioid maintenance, and extended care. Depending on the severity of the addiction, a residential treatment center may recommend specific treatment methods.
When a person enters a rehab center, the addiction team will customize a treatment plan that includes individual therapy, and even group therapy if the person feels comfortable. The team will comprise of nurses, counselors, psychologists, nutritionists, and the like with holistic methods including yoga, mindfulness, reiki, or other stress-reducing techniques.
There will also be an option for aftercare to help prevent relapse, such as ongoing individual therapy, group therapy meetings, getting regular checkups, including drug tests, and other types of aftercare relevant to the person’s situation.
Steps Recovery Centers guarantee that any person who completes any of our programs are welcome to come to our weekly aftercare group for additional support at no charge for life.