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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.

What is Hydrocodone?

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.

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Statistics on Hydrocodone

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:

  • As estimated 21.5 million people age 12 and up experienced a substance abuse disorder, with 1.9 million abusing prescription pain relievers, including hydrocodone.
  • Out of the 586,000 heroin abusers in 2014, 94 percent desired to use prescription opioids but chose heroin because it was less costly and easier to obtain.
  • In 2014, 47,000 drug overdoses occurred in the U.S., of which 18,893 involved prescription opioid pills.
  • In 2012, Americans prescribed 260 million opioid pain reliever medication.
  • Four out of five people who started with opioid pain abuse went on to abuse heroin.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Hydrocodone

When someone stops taking hydrocodone, there are possible withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Appetite change
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depersonalization
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Flu-like symptoms like fever and runny nose

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.

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment Center

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.

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