Medication Assisted Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone, a prescription medication that is often prescribed to alleviate severe pain, is one of many prescription painkillers that is classified as an opioid. When an individual is prescribed this medication, doctors typically inform him or her that this substance can be habit-forming; a warning that would ideally be heeded by all who consume it. However, in the event a person begins to abuse hydrocodone and subsequently develops an addiction to or dependence upon this pain medication, overcoming a chemical dependency concern of this type can be quite difficult. The withdrawal associated with hydrocodone is often enough to keep an individual trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction. For this reason, as well as the dangers associated with both continuing this type of substance abuse and trying to overcome a hydrocodone addiction without the help of professionals, medication assisted treatment is one of the most effective ways to combat an addiction to hydrocodone.
Medication assisted treatment is a form of treatment that involves the use of certain medications that are designed keep withdrawal, cravings, and the harmful effects of opioids at bay so that the individual addicted to the substance can work on recovery. When this type of treatment is received at the same time as other therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, those addicted to opiates like hydrocodone can come to know a life that is not hindered due to the abuse of a prescription painkiller.
At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you get your life back. The medication assisted treatment we offer is both safe and effective in helping men and women overcome an addiction to hydrocodone. The individual and group therapy opportunities we provide only further the likelihood that those receiving treatment at our centers will achieve lasting recovery. If you are looking for a center that can supply truly effective care, look no further than Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers. We are here to help.
Types of Treatment Offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a network of outpatient providers that offer an array of medically supervised medication assisted treatment options for those who wish to overcome an addiction to or dependence upon opiates, such as hydrocodone. Men and women, aged 18 and older, who have been abusing hydrocodone or other opiates for one year or more can partake in our services. Our experienced and professional staff is comprised of doctors, nurses, and counselors who work with clients to determine the most appropriate dosage of any medication prescribed and any additional therapeutic interventions that will further the recovery process.
The medications and therapeutic interventions that could be part of a client’s treatment can include the following:
Methadone: A medication that prevents cravings and the withdrawal symptoms that are known to occur after a person ceases his or her use of hydrocodone is methadone. Those prescribed methadone will not experience the high that occurs when a person consumes a prescription painkiller, as methadone is an opioid agonist. The dosage of this medication, which is taken daily, is determined based on each client’s needs and will likely be decreased over time in order to wean the individual off of it so that true sobriety can be achieved.
Suboxone: Containing buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Unlike other medication assisted treatments, this medication can also trigger symptoms of withdrawal should an individual attempt to abuse an opiate, such as hydrocodone, while receiving this type of medication assisted treatment. Suboxone is typically consumed daily and the dosage will be determined based on the treatment needs of the individual.
Subutex: Comprised of buprenorphine as the active ingredient, Subutex lessens cravings and diminishes withdrawal symptoms by blocking the harmful effects of hydrocodone and other opiates within an individual’s brain. Subutex is classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, meaning the effects of consuming an opioid are blocked, yet the withdrawal symptoms are decreased in order to allow a person to work on his or her recovery. Daily consumption of this medication is part of this type of treatment and the amount taken each day is recommended by one of our highly-qualified doctors.
Vivitrol: A non-narcotic, non-addictive medication assisted treatment option is Vivitrol. This medication is one that is injected into an individual to reduce cravings for hydrocodone and other opiates. Naltrexone is the active ingredient and this treatment option is one that is typically administered once per month.
Individual and group therapy: In order to enhance the effectiveness of the medication assisted treatments we offer, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers incorporate individual and group therapy sessions into the treatments available. Individual therapy sessions occur one-on-one with a counselor and can be a time when clients process their feelings and emotions with regards to their own recovery. Group therapy sessions are also conducted by counselors and can feature a wide range of topics covered. Other clients participate in group therapy sessions so that the men and women receiving treatment at our centers can feel a strong sense of support and encouragement from others who have endured similar struggles.
Why Consider Treatment at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Overcoming an addiction to hydrocodone without the help of knowledgeable professionals and effective treatment can be ripe with obstacles. In many cases, the uncomfortable withdrawal that is known to ensue after a person stops using hydrocodone can trigger him or her to begin abusing this prescription medication again. When this occurs, it is likely that that person’s addiction will not only become more solidified in his or her life, but the ability to successfully combat an addiction of this kind can become even more cumbersome.
The effects of a continued and long-standing hydrocodone addiction can cause an overall decline in a person’s physical and mental health. Additionally, those dependent on this habit-forming substance are also at risk for abusing other substances that could further threaten the overall health of an individual. In fact, it is quite common for a person who regularly abuses hydrocodone to begin abusing other opiates, such as other prescription painkillers or heroin, should that individual find it difficult to acquire hydrocodone to support his or her addiction. When an addiction of this kind is allowed to persist, there is also an ever-present risk for overdose. Overdosing on hydrocodone could be fatal if a person consumes more of this medication than his or her body can handle; an effect that is the most costly of all of the adversities that could occur when an individual is entwined in the web of a hydrocodone addiction. Fortunately, there are treatment options in existence that can help men and women addicted to opiates, such as hydrocodone, achieve the recovery needed to live happy, healthy, drug-free lives.
If you or a loved one is ready to make the courageous decision to defeat an addiction to hydrocodone or another opioid, look no further than Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers. We can help you get your life back on track.