Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment
There are a variety of treatment options for hydrocodone addiction.
Recovery begins with medical detox to remove the drugs from the addicted person’s system.
The next steps include counseling, support groups and rehab. Speak with an addiction specialist now.
Residential treatment centers help people overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Most inpatient programs offer medical detox for hydrocodone addiction.
Many treatment centers can effectively treat a hydrocodone addiction. Some of these include:
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The First Step of Recovery
Detox is the first step to beating a hydrocodone addiction. A supervised detox provides a safe way to get the drugs out an addicted person’s system while keeping withdrawal symptoms to a minimum. Nausea, sweating and muscle aches are all common hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms.
It can take up to seven days to complete detox for hydrocodone withdrawal.
Hydrocodone Addiction Medications
Maintaining full recovery after a hydrocodone detox often requires medical management. Medications for withdrawal are used to reduce the physical side effects as well as cravings. Maintenance medication is used to prevent relapse.
Buprenorphine for Withdrawals
Buprenorphine was approved for the treatment of opioid dependence by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. There are two buprenorphine drugs that are used for treating dependence—Subutex and Suboxone. Buprenorphine is a tablet that dissolves under the tongue and is taken three times a week. It is useful for detox and long-term treatment.
This medication is pure buprenorphine and its sole purpose is to ease withdrawal symptoms. It does this by interacting with the same receptors in the brain affected by hydrocodone, producing similar effects. It has a low potential for abuse.
This is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is also used to treat withdrawal symptoms. The addition of naloxone helps block the effects of hydrocodone. Naloxone is commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
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Naltrexone for Cravings
Naltrexone is an opioid-blocking medication used for the maintenance of addiction recovery. It has been used for treating addictions to opioids and alcohol. This medication is generally part of outpatient recovery.
By blocking opioid receptors, naltrexone prevents hydrocodone from having a euphoric effect. In theory, this should discourage addicts from taking hydrocodone. This treatment is only useful for those who truly want to recover, as it is the patient’s responsibility to take the medication.
Inpatient and Outpatient Hydrocodone Rehab
Residential programs include all the tools for a successful recovery. The first step is often a controlled, medical management of withdrawal symptoms. Residential programs also have individual and group therapy to help people tackle the reasons they used in the past.
Outpatient rehabilitation programs allow people with mild addictions to start recovery without putting a hold on their life. People in outpatient rehab for a hydrocodone addiction visit a clinic several times a week for medication and counseling.
Although outpatient treatment programs can be successful, they may not be enough for people with an intense hydrocodone addiction.
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