Knowing More about Hydrocodone Addiction Therapy
Each addictive drug has its own effects on the body, thus having different therapy strategies, and it is no different with this therapy. It is one of the most common prescription drugs used for easing the severe pain from illnesses or injuries. In turn becomes an easy access to almost anyone because it is not an illegal drug.
This (popularly known as Vicodin) induces a sense of euphoria in a person, rewiring the brain into thinking that it always needs the drug in order to be happy or to feel good. Since it’s a tablet, people can crush it and snort it or dilute it to inject into the blood stream to get the high they need. Since it is easy to get addicted to, the therapy should be an effort from both the client and his family members.
According to WebMD, prescription drugs are easily accessible making substance abuse of this sort difficult to control. Opiate addiction is only one of the many addictions that can be acquired through a simple prescription or rummaging through a relative’s medicine cabinet. As already mentioned, different drugs have different effects on the body and this having different addiction therapy procedures to undergo.
What does this pill do to the body?
It gives the person a sense of euphoria, along with the feeling of the body constantly needing it to survive. It wires the brain to think that the body needs the pill in the body in order to function normally. The withdrawal symptoms are also very severe if the person doesn’t get its usual or higher dose of the drug.
Withdrawal symptoms include: restlessness, muscle pain, sleeplessness, irritability, panic, chills, sweating, loss of appetite, runny nose and watery eyes, involuntary twitching, loose bowel movement and vomiting. Not wanting to feel the withdrawal symptoms of the drug, the person will feel the need to continue taking hydrocodone to feel “normal”. This is one of the reasons why its therapy becomes a difficult step because the person becomes seriously convinced that he cannot live without this drug.
Another problem that arises includes desperation of having to get it in any way possible, going as far as lying, faking an illness or stealing. Such is the need to feel normal and not feel the withdrawal symptoms and it could, in turn hurt other people, or themselves. Like other addictions, it is difficult for them to see that they are addicted, so people around him will have to step in and help point him in the right direction.
Knowing that there is a problem
As much as addicted people would think that other people do not notice what they are doing to themselves, other people can definitely see it. Friends and family members can see when he skips on meals or seem to be always looking for the prescription drug. If he has been prescribed for hydrocodone, family members or friends may observe taking more than what is prescribed.
One of the initial steps that family members can take for the therapy is a family intervention. Family members can take turns practicing lines on how to talk to their loved one and think of possible scenarios of how he will react to the intervention. Letting him know that there is a problem and how they are affected by it is one big step in helping him seek help and undergo its treatment at a rehabilitation center.
There are several steps to be done in this therapy that the client must undergo in order to become sober again. Usually, the client can have help from family members in filling out forms or answering questions that the rehab center wants to know about him. These questions usually involve personal information, medical history of the client and how long he has been taking the drug. They would usually ask for emergency numbers and who to contact in case they need to ask more question or in case something happens that needs their immediate attention.
One of the initial steps involves detoxification. This entails the client part of the addiction therapy where they are conditioning the body to be independent of the substance. They put this in tandem with individual hydrocodone addiction therapy where counselors help them through detoxification and processing their thoughts and feelings.
Aside from individual counseling, clients are also placed in support groups who can help them see how others are also putting up a fight against addiction. Support groups are vital in this treatment because it helps the client see how others are recovering. Group dynamics is very important in recovery because of how they can learn from others who are on the same level as them. As much as therapists and counselors can contribute to helping them realize their coping skills and problems, learning from their peers can help them internalize things in a whole new perspective.
Hawaii Island Recovery has all these aspects of the process and much more. Rehabilitation does not end when the client steps out the door. The client is required to still undergo individual hydrocodone addiction therapy and attend support group meetings. This is to help the client have that feeling of still having someone to hold on to in case life still feels out of control in his own environment.
To avoid this kind of problem, recovery centers put families in an active role in a client’s therapy. Learning more about the recovery process and confronting issues that may lie in the family will help the client move farther away from abusing the drug. Having people around you who know how the process of sober recovery can greatly help the avoidance of relapse.
Identifying proper coping skills for life situations in this manner will help the client see alternatives in solving problems instead of depending on drugs. It isn’t always an optimistic climb out of any addiction, but what is important is to keep trying. If you know someone who is addicted to this pill, do not hesitate to contact people who can help you. Life doesn’t have to be this way. Call our hydrocodone addiction therapy experts at Hawaii Island Recovery at 866-515-5032.