Vicodin is a prescription painkiller made up of Acetaminophen, an analgesic, and Hydrocodone, a synthetic narcotic. Vicodin is physician prescribed to people who have suffered severe injuries or who are recovering from surgery. Because it combines two ingredients, it is a stronger and more dangerous drug than the sum of the danger caused by both drugs.
The Vicodin affects a person in multiple ways. Firstly, it stops neurotransmitters from emitting pain signals. Secondly, it enhances the effect of dopamine, which is a pleasure receptor. As such, people who take it feel euphoria and pleasure. The human brain is so powerful that it can create physical pain and convince a person that the drug is needed for any number of reasons. In reality, the physical pain may have subsided or be manageable without narcotic pain medications, however the person taking the drug is fully unaware of this.
Vicodin, which is Opiate based, is related to drugs like Heroin, OxyContin, or Morphine. Vicodin is highly addictive and dependency can be developed in just one week. Commonly, people start taking an Opioid for legitimate pain, but the influence over the brain takes hold and fairly quickly people are unable to stop using.
The person is presented with a serious problem. If he or she explains to the doctor that the physical problem is better but that the drug is helping so much in other ways that he or she needs more, then an ethical doctor will be unlikely to provide any. However, lie and say that the pain is still a problem and the supply continues. Little by little average, moral people convince themselves that ethical violations in order to obtain the drug are okay and ultimately necessary. In reality, this is the progression of addiction and addictive behavior and people do not get better without intervention and help.
Inevitably, the supply may run out from time to time. When this happens, a person who is addicted to Vicodin will start to detox from the drug. Withdrawal from Vicodin can be unpleasant and dangerous. Some Vicodin withdrawal effects include cravings, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, restlessness, chills, fever, bone pain, muscle pain, suicidal thoughts and behaviors. These symptoms are caused by the body acclimating to not having the drug.
Maintaining a supply and juggling doses with amount left becomes convoluted and torturous. And this is just the person using. When one person struggles with addiction, the entire family suffers. The disease of addiction can bring everyone in the family to their breaking point.
When a family unit is struggling with a member in active addiction, there are many ways to address the problem. First involves an intervention and encouraging treatment for the addicted individual. Treatment center often provide one of the more necessary recovery tools for helping the entire group overcome the past and the addiction, namely, family therapy.
Family therapy is a great way to begin healing the whole group. All members are educated about addiction and learn about the disease and how best to avoid enabling the person addicted. A better understanding of addiction includes learning the three C’s, which are: you did not cause the addiction, you cannot control the addiction, you cannot cure the addiction. Everyone learns that addiction is an illness and not a moral failing and that recovery is the responsibility of the person who is addicted. Family therapy sessions will enable all to work through past problems and learn new, healthier ways of coping in the future.
For the person addicted to Vicodin, individual and group therapy is a crucial component to overcoming the disease of addiction. The drug abuse is often seen as a coping mechanism to mask emotional or psychological pain. Different types of individual therapy help people heal from trauma and addiction in different ways. The expert addiction counselor will put together a personal program of healing for each individual in a treatment center. This ensures that each person can focus on what is necessary for him or her.
Group therapy is a natural ally of addiction treatment as it addresses the causes of the illness and does so in such a way to encourage peer support and the formation of strong bonds. Often, isolation occurs when a person is in active addiction, which is directly combated by group therapy on many different levels. There are several different types of group therapy, a few of which are process group, educational group and experiential group. Process groups allow each individual to voice what is going on with their life and sobriety.
Educational groups provide information that furthers each person’s understanding of the disease of addiction, as well as other pertinent topics, such as co-occurring disorders and relationships. Experiential groups provide each person the chance to give and receive feedback, which gives everyone the benefit of others experience and multiple points of view.
If possible, do not take Vicodin in the first place. If you are already addicted to this drug, reach out and get the help you deserve. There is hope and recovery is possible.