Vicodin Addiction: What Family Members Should Know

Vicodin addiction is a difficult, painful path, for those in the grip of addiction and for those who love them. And the path is getting more crowded by the day, as opioid addiction rates have skyrocketed 493% between 2010 and 2016.1

Mothering comforting daughterAnd for each person behind that statistic, there are loved ones desperate for answers. What does Vicodin addiction look like? What’s the worst thing that can happen? And how can I help my family member beat Vicodin addiction and keep my family intact?

At Michael’s House, we are dedicated to providing long-term Vicodin addiction treatment and sober living care to ensure that your loved one has the best possible start in his new life without active drug addiction. Contact us to learn more about how you can help your family member enroll in Vicodin rehab.

The Physical Aspects

Vicodin is an opiate medication and as such is highly addictive. In the long-term, it can destroy your liver and cause permanent damage. In the short-term, you are at risk of overdose, shallow breathing, slowed heart rate, coma and even death. These are terrifying thoughts for family members of Vicodin addicts.

Beating Vicodin addiction starts with treating the physical addiction to Vicodin through Vicodin detox. With or without medication, your loved one can stop taking Vicodin under the care of a doctor. Without medication like methadone or buprenorphine, they will likely experience Vicodin withdrawal symptoms and when these subside, your loved one will no longer be physically hooked on the drug.

The Mental and Emotional Aspects

The mental and emotional dependence upon Vicodin are arguably the most difficult to break. Cravings do not subside after their body stops counting on more and more of the drug. Psychologically, the need to disappear inside a Vicodin high can be compulsive, a response triggered by stressful situations, a need to relax, a need to sleep, or something else entirely. Beating a mental and emotional dependence upon Vicodin happens in Vicodin addiction treatment through behavioral therapy. Here your family member will learn how Vicodin acts in the brain and how to choose other ways to get through triggers other than relapse.

A Spiritual Approach to Overcoming Vicodin Addiction

Spiritual development is exceptionally personal and in some cases family members are just what a recovering Vicodin addict needs. In other cases, your loved one may dread the pressure to choose a specific spiritual path, especially if most of the family already follows a specific religion.

It’s usually best to wait for a cue from your loved one before broaching the subject of spirituality in recovery. It is something they will more than certainly address during Vicodin addiction treatment. Be prepared to answer questions and to give them the space they need to grow on their own.

After decades of drug addiction, it took a felony drug charge, drug court and two attempts at rehab and a widow-maker heart attack before Patricia finally found the will and determination to get sober. “I am living proof that miracles can and do happen, she writes at “All you need for a miracle is the will.”

Beating Vicodin Addiction at Michael’s House

Michael’s House offers a comprehensive holistic treatment to help you and your family beat Vicodin addiction. It starts with Vicodin detox to address physical dependence and is followed by extensive Vicodin addiction treatment with behavioral therapy, group sessions, educational classes and a host of alternative therapies.

If your loved one has already completed a Vicodin rehab, we also have a sober living facility here in Palm Springs, California. The focus of this program is to help your family member reintegrate into the world as painlessly as possible while implementing the coping skills and ideals learned during Vicodin rehab. Contact us at Michael’s House today to find out how we can help your loved one beat Vicodin addiction.

1 Kounang, Nadia. “Opioid Addiction Rates Continue to Skyrocket.” CNN. 29 June 2017.

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