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Vicodin Abuse

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Vicodin is a narcotic prescription medication with a high potential to lead to abuse and addiction. Vicodin abuse has become a national problem and leads many toward a path of addiction. Opiate addiction requires safe, compassionate detoxification with a medical approach. The Waismann Method of rapid detox has successfully treated Vicodin addiction for over a decade. In most cases, a problem begins when patients develop a tolerance to the drug after getting a prescription from a doctor. Others use Vicodin recreationally for the euphoria it can cause. Either way, overuse or misuse of any kind is considered abusive behavior. Vicodin is the combination of hydrocodone, a narcotic, and acetaminophen. Taking it in higher doses than recommended or for a longer period of time can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. Because of the drug’s potency, addiction can be swift and requires a safe and professional medical detox.

For Many Patients, Vicodin Abuse Starts Innocently Enough

The Waismann Method has treated numerous patients with similar stories. For many, it begins with a prescription by a doctor to alleviate moderate to severe pain. From there, some begin to develop a tolerance, meaning the prescribed dose becomes ineffective at treating the pain. Many adjust their dosage, taking more and more to feel the desired effect. Before long, they have developed a psychological or physical dependence to Vicodin. The central nervous system depressant stimulates opioid receptors in the brain and body, producing analgesia, respiratory depression and euphoria. Using Vicodin in any way that goes against the directions and warnings on the label can be considered abuse. Doctor-shopping to secure more than one supply and falsification of prescriptions are common actions among abusers and contribute to the problem of illegal drug diversion. Some people engage in other risky behaviors such as using Vicodin in conjunction with other substances that could increase its potency, such as alcohol, other narcotic drugs and tranquilizers. If you are preoccupied by using Vicodin or your use has escalating despite potentially dire consequences, it’s time to seek help.

Safe, Humane Treatment for Vicodin Addiction

We have a number of different medical detoxification options, for patients suffering from Vicodin abuse. Our successful and most recognized treatment of  rapid detox does not  use opiate replacements such as Suboxone and methadone. Performed in an accredited hospital in Southern California, our humane procedure  uses a combination of medications to cleanse Vicodin from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while they sleep under   sedation administered by our board-certified anesthesiologists . The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while the patient is sedated. They awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred while they were out. Other options of medical opiate detox are available for patients that are not candidates for anesthesia assisted detox or the ones that choose other available methods of detoxification. The entire hospital stay is a few days, getting you back on your feet in much less time than traditional drug treatment programs. Domus Retreat, our transitional living facility, is also available for those who wish to continue their recovery in a safe, private and serene atmosphere.

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