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Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is a powerful class of opiate pain relievers that goes by brand names Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. It combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It’s also highly addictive if taken long-term, so it’s vital to take for pain, but only temporary, so tolerance doesn’t start. The effects of hydrocodone include a euphoric feeling, increased sense of well-being, numbness, sleepiness, lethargy, and reduced worry and stress. If people continue taking it, it can lead to addiction. More and more of the drug is then needed to achieve the same effect.

Unfortunately, when tolerance begins, the person who was initially given it for pain craves the drug. This is due to the tolerance progressing more slowly than other opiates. When a person tries to quit, they may be unable to and need help getting off the drug.

Symptoms of Hydrocodone Addiction

Symptoms can be different for each person, but commonly, they include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Slower heartbeat
  • Slowed breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Sleepiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fear & depression
  • Seizures

Hydrocodone Abuse Statistics

In 2010, over 131,000 prescriptions were given to patients, up from 112,000 in 2006. Opiate addiction has increased since then and has now become a crisis. It is the most dispensed drug on the market and is why so many people have become addicted. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that 24.4 million people aged 12 and up have used hydrocodone for non-medical purposes in the last month.

 

Over 99 percent of hydrocodone abuse is in the United States. Other countries have banned the use of hydrocodone for any medical purposes, but the U.S. rates have remained high. Production quotas have increased by nearly two and a half times in the past decade, with the most increases from 2011 to 2013, with an increase of 20,000 units every year.

Major Hazards of Hydrocodone Abuse

There are several hazards linked to hydrocodone abuse. These include:

  • It has a slower progression to tolerance than other opiates, making it more difficult for people to realize they are addicted, and therefore slower to seek treatment.
  • Physical systems like drowsiness, confusion, constipation, and vomiting
  • Major financial strain since hydrocodone is readily available, but expensive to obtain
  • Nearly half of heroin users took hydrocodone or other opiates first before transitioning to heroin.
  • Liver disease, because hydrocodone is mixed with acetaminophen, which is linked to liver issues.
  • Strong effect on the body like slowed heartbeat and respiration when mixed with alcohol

Hydrocodone Treatment

 A person needs to be monitored carefully while detoxing, to overcome addiction to hydrocodone. Many withdrawal symptoms can occur, so an addict must be under the supervision of a health professional. Medication can be administered to help with withdrawal effects, along with counseling and therapy to learn coping skills and relapse prevention. A residential treatment center is recommended for severe addiction.

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Joy Downen

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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!

Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!

Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!

Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.

BRIAN MEYER

Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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