Hydrocodone Addiction Recovery at Detox and Rehab Centers
Detox centers, many of which are located at inpatient treatment centers, help people overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Then, detox is typically followed by inpatient or outpatient rehab, depending on the severity of the addiction, co-occurring disorders, and needs of the patient.
Inpatient Rehab for Hydrocodone Addiction
Inpatient (also known as residential) treatment is generally considered the most effective way for individuals to overcome addiction because it fully removes people from their environment and allows them to focus on recovery. Standard inpatient programs include individual psychotherapy sessions, group therapy, family therapy, and some therapeutic amenities such as yoga, art, and music therapy. Generally, there is a doctor available for any necessary or urgent medical care. This is especially important for individuals who need specialized care due to having co-occurring medical or psychological conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, seizures, PTSD, ADHD, or depression.
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Outpatient Rehab for Hydrocodone Addiction
Outpatient treatment provides addiction treatment at a designated facility for a set number of hours and days each week. This allows people with demanding responsibilities, such as children or work, to receive rehab treatment while continuing to meet their obligations. Different outpatient programs can vary in scope, but there are 3 broad categories. Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) typically meet 5 to 7 days a week for 6 to 8 hours a day and often include boarding options. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) typically meet 3 to 5 days a week for 3 hours a day. Standard outpatient programs (OPs) typically involve one group session a week and one individual session a week.
Enrollees into outpatient treatment also attend one-on-one counseling sessions, group therapy, and other recovery-focused activities. Because people are allowed to leave the rehab facility, there is a greater risk of relapse due to triggers for substance abuse. However, dedication to a treatment plan, support groups, and medication-assisted therapy (MAT) can help reduce these risks.
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Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment Medications
Maintaining a full recovery after detoxing from hydrocodone often requires medication-assisted therapy. MAT for hydrocodone abuse includes the following addiction treatment medications.
Although it is also an opioid, when taken as prescribed, methadone can help people safely and effectively recover from addiction. Methadone works by blocking pain signals as well as the euphoria caused by other opioids. It may be prescribed as a pill, liquid, or wafer and is taken once every 24 hours. Due to strict regulations, methadone can only be prescribed by an opioid treatment program approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, meaning that it can mimic the effect of opioids like hydrocodone, but much more weakly. Moreover, buprenorphine’s effects have a ceiling; at a certain point, taking more will have no effect. It is commonly prescribed as a tablet that dissolves under the tongue. In most cases buprenorphine is taken between 3 and 7 times a week. It is useful for detox and long-term treatment. There are a number of buprenorphine drugs that are used for treating dependence, including Subutex®, Suboxone®, Zubsolv®, Sublocade®, and several generic brands.
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Naltrexone is an opioid-blocking medication used for the maintenance of addiction recovery. It has been used for treating addictions to opioids and alcohol. The pill and injectable drug work differently than methadone and buprenorphine (MATs that suppress cravings by activating opioid receptors) By blocking off opioid receptors entirely, naltrexone prevents a person from getting high. In theory, this mechanism should discourage addicts from taking hydrocodone.
Naltrexone treatment is recommended only for those who are completely dedicated to recovery, as it is the patient’s responsibility to take the medication – the pill is taken once per day and the injectable is given once monthly.
Additionally, there is a high-risk of accidental overdose if a person relapses while taking naltrexone. This is caused by relapsing individuals using large quantities of hydrocodone in an attempt to counteract the effects of the naltrexone. When naltrexone eventually wears off, the effects of hydrocodone may still be present and cause the person to overdose.
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Taking the Next Steps
For many, recovery seems impossible at first, but turning your life around is more than possible with the right treatment and support. There are countless resources available for those with a hydrocodone addiction. If you are ready to begin your recovery, contact a treatment specialist to learn about your options today.
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