My boyfriend has gotten deep into Vicodin use, and I don’t know what to do. I think he has a Vicodin addiction and needs help to stop. He says he can stop taking it whenever he wants to, but he doesn’t stop even when bad things happen because of his use.
Last Saturday he wanted to take more Vicodin than he normally does so he could zone out and “forget about real life” for a little while. That’s cause for concern, right?
He has used up all his paid time off at work, so now if he really is sick, which will probably happen from taking so much Vicodin, he will lose money and maybe his job.
I think he’s most afraid of going through the withdrawal from Vicodin. He knows it will be physically painful to completely stop using, but I think he also worries about feeling the high levels of anxiety he used to experience. An opiate is not the answer though.
I’m wondering where to find Vicodin withdrawal help.
I Googled and found some answers, but you never know what you can believe.
Does anyone have experience with Vicodin withdrawal? Should he go to a hospital, or a drug rehab center to detox? I see that most are medically-monitored, so he wouldn’t be going through withdrawal without help.
Some websites say to ween yourself off Vicodin, but if the user was capable of that, wouldn’t he or she already be doing that? Other sources say to get a prescription for a benzodiazepine (Xanax or Valium), but that seems like a transfer of addiction to me. Couldn’t a regular Vicodin user just as easily become a regular benzo user? And isn’t benzo withdrawal even worse than opiate withdrawal?
I am worried about my boyfriend and I just want him to get better. If he goes a day without Vicodin, and more recently if he goes the first half of the day without it, he is sweating and he is irritated and irritable.
I would like to figure out how he can stop using Vicodin before he has done some real damage, and before he is full-blown addicted.
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