Vicodin is a drug composed of codeine, an opioid painkiller, and acetaminophen. Often an addiction to Vicodin is not intentional, as the drug has a high addiction potential even among those who use it as prescribed by their physicians. People who find themselves addicted, or who make Vicodin their drug of choice, may soon feel themselves losing control of their lives as they invest more and more of their time and money into securing a supply of the drug. Though this addiction can feel paralyzing, help overcoming an addiction such as this is available to those who seek it.
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center’s drug treatment programs provide an excellent place to begin anew. Our caring, expert staff will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will give you the best chance of winning your life back from the powerful grips of addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with a Vicodin addiction is incredibly painful. You may have celebrated with your loved one as he or she finally found a medication that would free him or her from pain. Or, you may have had to watch the one-two punch of severe injury and hospitalization followed by Vicodin addiction. No matter the circumstances of your loved one’s abuse, you likely feel overwhelmed, frustrated, betrayed, sad, angry, hopeless, or likely a combination of these feelings. Despite feeling as though there may be nothing you can do, there are still steps you can take to help your loved one. These may include:
- Researching treatment centers to find one that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Taking care of yourself. It is easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are trying to support a loved one who is battling an addiction. Make sure to take time to consider your own needs. Stay connected with your hobbies and relationships, and find support groups for people whose loved ones are struggling with substance abuse.
- Investigate the signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse. Learn to recognize what intoxication and overdose look like, and develop a safety plan with your loved one in case he or she overdoses.
- Maintain open communication with your loved one. If he or she is not yet aware, let your loved one know that you have seen him or her struggle with Vicodin. Reaffirm your love for him or her and listen as openly and nonjudgmentally as possible. Remind your loved one that you are on his or her side, and share your own feelings about how it has been for you to watch him or her wrestle with Vicodin abuse.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
The more potent of the two ingredients in Vicodin is an opioid, chemically similar to heroin. As such, the effects of long-term Vicodin abuse are severe. These effects can include subpar performance at work and loss of employment with subsequent financial difficulties and difficulty holding down a job. It is even possible for someone to lose his or her home as a result of Vicodin abuse. As finances dwindle, people addicted to Vicodin may turn to theft and other criminal activity to secure a supply of the drug, possibly resulting in conviction and imprisonment. A person’s relationships can suffer, resulting in lost friendships, divorce, or loss of child custody. Finally, one’s own body can be a casualty of Vicodin abuse, as the drug can cause organ damage, confusion, seizures, cognitive impairment, and cardiovascular damage. Vicodin tends to slow one’s heartbeat, and if a person takes enough of the drug, he or she can stop the heart altogether. One would be hard-pressed to overstate the dangers of Vicodin abuse, but with help and professional treatment, these negative effects can be mitigated or completely avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to Vicodin. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their Vicodin abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns. For example, if a person is struggling with a chronic pain condition, yet is also addicted to Vicodin, he or she may be recommended to our Resilience track.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances such as Vicodin in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to Vicodin, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their Vicodin addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to Vicodin, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Addiction as a brain disease
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from Vicodin addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to Vicodin, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.