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Vicodin addiction is a very treatable problem. At clinics across the UK, Vicodin abusers are getting the help they need under the care of trained doctors and nurses who know what it takes to beat addiction. UKAT is here to help you with your own treatment, or that of a loved one. Please know that Vicodin addiction does not have to be a permanent condition. Proper medical treatment makes it very possible to overcome.
Vicodin abuse is a very real problem in the UK. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people abuse opiate drugs like Vicodin, morphine, and codeine. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is medical help readily available to anyone struggling with prescription medications. Vicodin addiction rehab and treatment are made possible through residential and outpatient clinics across the UK.
The Importance of Vicodin Addiction Treatment
Doctors are very cautious about prescribing Vicodin for any length of time because of its addictive nature. A patient need not use it for very long before tolerance becomes a risk. And once a person begins to develop tolerance, he or she could be on a path to eventual dependence and addiction. This is why it is so critically important that Vicodin addiction treatments remain available.
Becoming addicted to Vicodin is never a good thing. Like any other addiction, a Vicodin addiction robs a person of health, finances, relationships, and almost everything else he or she holds dear. To say the addict’s life has been drastically changed by Vicodin is to state the obvious.
So why is Vicodin addiction treatment so important? Why can’t an addict be ‘cured’ without medical intervention? Because without treatment, it is extremely difficult for an addict to stop using Vicodin.
Bear in mind that addiction is a brain disease that makes it nearly impossible for the addict to control the impulsive behaviours that drive Vicodin use. A Vicodin addict compulsively uses the drug in response to uncontrollable cravings. And as time goes on, his or her mind becomes more and more convinced that Vicodin is the only thing helping him/her hang on.
Without medical treatment, the typical Vicodin addict will continue as-is until the opiate eventually takes its final toll. And how much damage will be done along the way? How many other people will be affected by the addict who will not get help? Answer those two questions and you begin to understand why getting treatment for Vicodin addiction is so important.
Vicodin treatment is important to you, as the addict, because it is the only way to get your life back. Your addiction is not going to pass like the common cold.
Treatment is important to your family in as much as they desperately want you to get better. It is important to your friends, your co-workers, and everyone else you interact with. Nobody wants to see you continue being enslaved by Vicodin. They are all rooting for you, but you need more than that. You need proven medical treatments that treat addiction for what it is.
Treatment Philosophy and Benefits
Modern Vicodin addiction treatment is built around the philosophy of treating the whole person rather than just one aspect of addiction. In a sense, you could say that modern addiction treatment is holistic. As such, one kind of treatment is used to address the physical aspects of addiction while another kind addresses the mind – that is to say the thoughts and emotions. Treating the whole person is key to overcoming addiction once and for all.
A crucial component of the holistic philosophy is the understanding that treatments need to be individualised. Not everybody deals with Vicodin addiction in the same way. Likewise, not every patient will respond to treatment in the same way. If you are struggling to beat a Vicodin addiction, you deserve to be treated in whatever way offers you the highest possible chances of permanent recovery.
There are some obvious benefits of looking at Vicodin treatment this way. First, patients are not thrown into a generic detox programme and left to fend for themselves. They are not left to feel like addiction is only a matter of behaviour and choice. Instead, their problem is approached from a medical standpoint that seeks to treat them in the same way cancer or cardiac patients are treated.
Individualised treatment plans offer the added benefit of focusing specifically on each patient’s needs. One recovering addict might need a strong dose of cognitive behavioural therapy while another would be better served by more 12-step work. Individualised treatment makes it possible to treat every patient in the best way possible instead of lumping everyone together in the knowledge that some will thrive while others will not.
Tolerance vs. Vicodin Dependence
Vicodin abusers are subject to both tolerance and dependence. Not only are these two conditions different in a medical sense, they also dictate different kinds of treatments. You should probably understand the two conditions before you try to make a decision about treatment for yourself or a loved one.
Tolerance is a condition in which the body begins to get used to a certain amount of Vicodin in the system. Because the body tolerates this amount, the drug itself is no longer as effective as it once was for relieving pain. Thus, the user has to take more Vicodin to still experience the desired level of pain relief.
Dependence is a step beyond tolerance. In a dependent scenario, the body has arrived at a point at which it is relying on a certain volume of Vicodin in the system at all times. Dependence occurs because the body has learned to produce certain chemicals to offset the effects of Vicodin. The body can no longer maintain the proper balance of brain chemicals on its own, so it relies on help from the Vicodin.
Now that you know the difference between tolerance and dependence, you may have an idea of what this means in terms of treatment. Let’s say you have developed a Vicodin tolerance but you are not yet dependent on the drug. It is quite possible that your doctor can begin tapering down your Vicodin without any formal or structured treatment necessary. He or she could taper straight up or combine the tapering strategy with a non-addictive analgesic to help you manage your pain.
Dependence requires a bit more medical intervention. A person who has become dependent, even to a small degree, must give his/her body and mind the opportunity to return to normal. That requires an adjustment of brain chemicals to restore balance. How do we accomplish this? Through medical treatments. The patient is led through a medical withdrawal process and gradually weaned until he/she is no longer using Vicodin.
That patient may need psychotherapeutic treatments following withdrawal if the length of time he/she has been dependent is significant enough to suspect addiction. If his/her dependence is considered minimal, he/she may do just fine with just a gradual detox treatment.
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Determining Treatment Readiness
Regardless of the treatment recommended by a doctor, Vicodin abusers have to be assessed for treatment readiness. What is treatment readiness? It is a willingness to undergo treatment and devote oneself wholly to it. An addict with a low level of treatment readiness is likely to do very poorly in rehab. In many cases, patients who begin treatment despite not being ready end up relapsing shortly after completing their treatment programmes.
Our Vicodin rehab clinics aim to achieve success 100% of the time. Although that is not practically possible, they do understand how important treatment readiness is in determining whether a person has a good chance of beating addiction. The more ready a person is, the more likely permanent abstinence will be achieved.
Doctors and therapists determine treatment readiness through several means. Some use a well-defined system known as SOCRATES. The system is based on asking patients a series of questions with five possible responses rated by number. A patient’s final score determines his or her readiness for treatment. For the record, the SOCRATES system has been around for more than 30 years.
The original SOCRATES rating system was based on 32 questions designed to gauge patient recognition, ambivalence, and any steps already being taken to alleviate the problem. The 32 questions were reduced to 19 when SOCRATES was redesigned a few years later. SOCRATES has remained largely unchanged since 1996.
Other doctors and therapists prefer to use their own methods for determining readiness. Some will sit down and have a lengthy conversation with the patient while others have developed unique sets of questions based on what we currently know about drug addiction and treatment. In the end, the method used is less important than the accuracy of determining treatment readiness.
The take away here is that not everyone who enters Vicodin treatment displays a high level of treatment readiness. A person who is not ready for treatment may be attending because of pressure from family and friends. Attending treatment might also be a legal matter. At any rate, treatment readiness is generally a good indicator of whether a person will succeed or not. The more ready a person is, the more likely treatment will be successful.
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Learning about Options for Vicodin Rehab
Your options for Vicodin rehab in the UK are numerous. There are countless clinics offering treatment on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. You have several choices for learning more about your options.
A big part of what we do is keeping an up-to-date database of treatment information so that anyone who calls looking for help can get an instant referral. We walk you through your treatment options, answer all your questions, give you some sound advice and, if you are ready, refer you to a solid Vicodin rehab programme.
A second possibility is to make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP can help in two ways, beginning with a comprehensive evaluation that will determine how serious your Vicodin problem is. The second thing your GP can do is refer you to an outpatient treatment programme. The doctor will have access to information about local treatment options including counselling, support group participation, and even outpatient detox.
Finally, you can learn more about your options for Vicodin rehab by doing all the research yourself. This would mean researching online, making phone calls, and perhaps even visiting a few clinics that are close by. The downside to this method is that it can take you a long time to get all the information you need.
How Much Does Vicodin Rehab Cost?
This is a question that concerns many people who want to help themselves or a loved one heal from a Vicodin addiction. The options for paying are mostly divided into two groups:
NHS Treatment – The NHS provides free treatments to UK residents. These are outpatient treatments rather than residential, and they often involve long waiting times. They also put a significant amount of responsibility on the patient to arrange for things like counselling and group support participation.
Private Treatment – Private treatment is provided by privately owned organisations like UKAT that may offer inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or both. Private treatment is not free. As to how much it costs, that depends on many factors.
Fees assessed for private treatment pay for accommodations, amenities, support staff salaries, facility overhead, the doctors and nurses who provide treatment, and the costs of the treatment themselves. That means medications, equipment, clinic supplies, and so forth.
You are likely to pay just a few thousand pounds at one of the more budget-minded clinics in the UK. You would pay more for a moderately priced clinic, and still more for a luxury clinic. Generally speaking, most of what you pay is tied up in accommodations and amenities. If you are looking for private accommodations at a facility with an extensive list of luxury amenities, expect to pay a premium price. If you are happy with more modest accommodations and amenities, you will pay less.
Paying for Vicodin Rehab
We fully understand that paying for Vicodin treatment may not be as easy as it sounds. You shouldn’t be dissuaded from seeking out Vicodin treatment just because you are not sure how you’re going to pay for it. There are ways to do it.
If you have private health insurance, take a look at your policy and see if it covers addiction treatment. A lot of private policies do. And even among those that do not cover rehab 100%, many still offer at least partial coverage. A good private insurance policy could greatly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.
You don’t have private health insurance? Well, you should know that most treatment clinics accept payment by way of credit or debit card as well. They also accept cash. If you have no other way to pay for treatment, you could ask family members and friends to contribute to a treatment fund on your behalf.
Are you over age 55? If so, don’t forget that you can withdraw up to 25% of your pension without incurring any taxes or penalties. Taking money out of your pension to pay for Vicodin treatment isn’t ideal, but it’s a better option than not getting treatment at all. Pension monies can be replaced. People cannot be.
How to Find the Best Vicodin Rehab Centre?
Quality advisors speak extensively to each client for the purposes of truly understanding their needs. We seek to understand everything from the client’s medical history to his or her comfort with certain kinds of accommodations. From that understanding, we can recommend appropriate treatment options.
If you want to look for a rehab centre on your own, we would recommend sitting down and thinking through your priorities before you start the search. What’s important to you in rehab? What are you willing to put up with as compared to those things you can’t tolerate? What type of accommodation is best suited to you? Putting your priorities down on paper will help you find the largest number of options.
We also encourage clients and their families to visit rehab centres before they decide. There’s nothing like an in-person visit to get a good feel for a clinic. Visits offer the opportunity to speak to staff, see the accommodations, etc. If you visit a clinic you don’t really care for, that’s fine. Move on to the next one on your list.
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Types of Vicodin Addiction Treatment
There are several different types of addiction treatments to choose from:
Vicodin users still in early-stage dependence may not need anything above and beyond detox. A detox-only treatment cleanses the body of Vicodin so that dependence does not go any further. Sometimes detox-only treatment is combined with informal support group participation.
Rapid detox is a treatment method built around the concept of getting off Vicodin as quickly as possible so that the patient can return to normal life. Some rapid detox programmes offer limited psychotherapeutic treatments while others are meant to be detox-only programmes.
Detox & rehab
The most common form of Vicodin addiction treatment involves a combination of both detox and rehab. A patient spends up to a week in detox, then follows with anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks of psychotherapeutic treatments. Aftercare services are offered on discharge.
Dual diagnosis treatment
Patients suffering from co-occurring disorders need a unique kind of treatment known as dual diagnosis treatment. In a dual diagnosis scenario, the person must be treated for both conditions simultaneously. This is a highly specialised form of treatment that is not available at every UK addiction clinic.
You should know that the vast majority of Vicodin addiction treatments in the UK are medically assisted. This is to say that prescription and OTC medications are used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and control cravings. Certain medications may be used after treatment is complete to prevent relapse.
People who seek treatment in a residential facility are also medically supervised. This simply means that doctors, nurses, and therapists are on hand at all times to supervise every step of treatment. This reduces the risk of complications.
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Inpatient Facilities vs. Outpatient Treatment
Patients can choose the kind of environment they want for their treatment as well. The choices are inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient treatment is provided by privately owned clinics that could be located in urban, suburban, or rural environments. Outpatient treatment is generally provided by NHS clinics, private counsellors, and charitable organisations.
Your choice of inpatient and outpatient treatment is entirely up to you. It behoves you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of both so that you can make an informed decision.
As previously stated, inpatient rehab takes place in a privately-owned clinic. Its name is derived from the fact that patients reside at the treatment facility until all their treatments are complete. It is no different than if you were to be admitted to a hospital after needing bypass surgery. You would reside at the hospital through both your surgery and recovery period.
Inpatient rehab occurs in a setting that sees multiple patients being treated side-by-side. The exact number depends on the size of the clinic. Some rehab clinics are small enough that they can only accommodate fewer than a dozen patients. Other clinics are demonstrably larger. At any rate, the clinic meets all the patient’s needs. They provide food and lodging, medications, all the treatments, and even some extra amenities.
The main advantages of inpatient rehab are focused treatment and the lack of distractions. In other words, a residential treatment centre is all about treatment. There are no outside distractions; there are no patients requiring treatment for anything other than addiction; patients focus all their attention on getting well.
The one downside is that residential treatment comes with out-of-pocket expenses unless you have private health insurance. It is not free. And by the way, the NHS no longer refers patients to residential rehab except under rare circumstances. Even at that, the referred residential programme is provided by a private clinic.
OOur explanation of outpatient treatment will assume the patient is treated by way of the NHS. In light of that, the patient visits an NHS clinic on a regular schedule as determined by his or her treatment plan. In the early stages of treatment that might mean 3 to 5 days per week. Toward the end, the patient might be attending the clinic just once per week.
The clinic provides medical care including prescription medications. They may or may not provide counselling on-site. If no counselling is available, patients will be referred to other locations for those treatments. Patients return home at the end of each treatment day.
One of the advantages of outpatient treatment is that it is either free or extremely inexpensive. The other advantage is that it allows those who want to go home every night to do so. This may be important to patients who do not want to be separated from their families during the treatment term.
Private Vicodin Rehabs and Confidentiality
Privacy and confidentiality are big issues to all of us. Fortunately, patients don’t have to worry about either one when considering Vicodin rehab. All rehab facilities must abide by privacy and confidentiality rules without exception. In addition to those rules, private rehab facilities have very high standards of their own.
Your privacy will be maintained from start to finish. You decide who gets to know about your treatment based on who you choose to tell. As for confidentiality, neither your personal information nor your health records are shared with anyone outside the treatment facility. And even within the facility, only those staff members who need access to your information for treatment purposes are allowed to have it.
What is Residential Vicodin Treatment
Residential Vicodin treatment is the same thing as inpatient treatment. It is treatment provided by a private, residential facility that offers food and accommodations in addition to medical and psychotherapeutic treatments. Residential treatment is designed around the belief that experiencing a distraction-free environment in the company of others going through the same kinds of treatments greatly increases one’s chances of success.
You should know that there are residential Vicodin treatments available at clinics all over the world. You could choose a local residential clinic that keeps you close to family; you could go across the country or to another location in Europe; you could even cross the Atlantic to seek treatment if you wanted to.
The Role of Medications
Regardless of your choice of facilities, you will find that medications play a key role in your treatment. Treatment generally starts with the introduction of a stabilising medication that gives doctors and therapists a starting point for withdrawal. You might be stabilised with Vicodin or a substitute medication, like methadone.
Other prescription medications are used in conjunction with over-the-counter drugs to help manage withdrawal symptoms. You might receive an SSRI antidepressant to help control feelings of depression or anxiety. You might be offered acetaminophen to help with body aches and headache.
Medications play a crucial role in that they ease the withdrawal process and reduce the discomfort that might otherwise drive a patient back to Vicodin. If it takes other medications to get you off Vicodin permanently, they are certainly worth exploring by you and your doctors.
The Role of Therapy
Another important part of Vicodin rehab is therapy. Therapy goes beyond medications that treat symptoms to get to the root causes of addiction. A good therapy regimen accomplishes a number of things:
It helps the patient come to terms with his or her own addictive tendencies
It gives the patient a better understanding of the mechanisms behind addiction
It helps the addict to recognise things that trigger addictive behaviour
It equips the attic with strategies for avoiding future Vicodin use
It teaches life skills that will enable the recovering addict to return to normalcy once treatment finishes.
Therapy as a follow-up to medically-assisted detox is crucial for a complete recovery. A good therapy programme combined with solid aftercare is the best way to achieve abstinence with minimal risk of relapse in that first year following treatment.
The Use of Group Therapy in Vicodin Addiction
Group therapy is a common component in both outpatient and inpatient treatment. Therapists rely on group therapy to create an environment of mutual support among people who can benefit from one another’s experiences. Group support also creates an environment of accountability. As patients go through therapy together, they encourage one another. They build one another up and push each other to do better.
You might find group therapy a bit uncomfortable should you decide to seek Vicodin treatment. If so, just remember this: withdrawal was uncomfortable too, but you got through it. You are better off for it. Stick with group therapy and you will find a similar experience at the other end.
After Vicodin Rehab
Residential Vicodin treatment concludes with a range of aftercare services designed to pick up where formal treatment left off. Aftercare is important for one very big reason: the vast majority of patients who relapse do so within the first year following treatment. Aftercare is intended to prevent relapse.
A residential treatment clinic arranges aftercare services for their patients in most cases. Services tend to include ongoing counselling, 12-step work via a support group, and ongoing medical care if necessary. A doctor may very well prescribe maintenance medications if it is determined they are necessary to help prevent relapse.
Never Too Late!
The most important question is: do you or someone you love need treatment? If so, it is never too late to get help. As long as you or your loved one is alive and kicking, treatment can be a beneficial tool for helping you get off Vicodin for good.
Also note that the longer you wait to get treatment, the harder it will be. We urge you to make a positive decision about treatment – right now, while you are thinking about it. We are standing by to assist you in that endeavour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during Vicodin rehab?
A comprehensive Vicodin rehab programme begins with medically-assisted detox. After detox, the patient enters a psychotherapeutic programme that can last from 3 to 12 weeks. During this time, the patient receives a number of different therapies that are mostly counselling based. Counselling can occur both one-on-one and in a group setting. It is often accompanied by 12-step work of some sort.
Following rehab is a selection of aftercare services designed to help the patient get through the next year without relapsing. Aftercare is like an extension of rehab but with less rigid expectations.
How long does Vicodin rehab last?
The length of time required to complete inpatient treatment varies from one patient to the next. The shortest residential treatment programmes involving both detox and psychotherapy can run for as little as three weeks. On the longer side, they can run up to 12 weeks. The length of time any patient spends in rehab really depends on how well the person responds to the treatments received.
Please note that outpatient rehab may take considerably longer. How long, we cannot say. Again, it depends on how well the patient responds. There are also wait times and other factors to consider with the outpatient model.
Vicodin rehab: away from home or not?
It is not uncommon for patients to choose a Vicodin treatment facility close to home. This keeps family close by and facilitates visits every now and again. Local treatment also makes post-rehab reintegration a bit easier as well.
On the other hand, there are patients who do much better by being completely separated from the local environment. They choose a rehab facility in another city, another county, or even the other side of the country. The separation helps them better concentrate on recovery without the distractions of the local life they are used to.
Why seek help for Vicodin addiction?
Some Vicodin users may think they are strong enough to beat addiction on their own, but rare is the person who can actually accomplish it. We recommend seeking help for Vicodin addiction because we know how difficult it is to conquer otherwise. Remember that addiction is not just about the choices you make; it is about how Vicodin is affecting your brain.
What other options exist for someone who cannot afford treatment?
There are treatments apart from private, residential rehab. One option is to avail yourself of the free services provided by the NHS. Another option is to arrange for private counselling and combine it with medical care provided by your GP. Finally, you could join a local support group while simultaneously trying to wean yourself from Vicodin. Be careful should you choose the last option.
What factors in the cost of addiction treatment?
Most of the cost of private addiction treatment is wrapped up in accommodations and amenities. But beyond that, the fees you pay to go to cover staff salaries, equipment, medications, utilities, facility overhead, and the cost of the treatments themselves.
Am I addicted to Vicodin?
If you exhibit any of the signs or symptoms of addiction explained elsewhere on our site, there is a good chance you are addicted to Vicodin. However, there is no way for you to know for sure on your own. You need to speak with an experienced professional capable of performing an objective evaluation. A doctor, therapist, or counsellor can give you the answer you need.
Why do people start taking Vicodin?
Some Vicodin abusers start taking the drug after a doctor prescribes it for pain management. Others might start using it after a friend or relative with a prescription gives them a pill or two. Still, others learn about the pleasurable effects of Vicodin and decide to start taking in order to cope with something that’s bothering them. There really is no single reason that applies to every user.
What are the signs of addiction?
Some of the more common signs of addiction include tolerance, dependence, drug cravings, and an inability to say no to the substance being used. Addicts also tend to be secretive about what they are doing. If addiction involves Vicodin, it is quite common for the addict to doctor shop or attempt to buy the drug on the street or online.
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