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Treatment For Hydrocodone In California

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Hydrocodone – also sold under the brand names Lortab, Norco, Vicodin and Verdrocet – is a prescription opioid, or narcotic, pain medication that is prescribed in combination with a non-narcotic painkiller (acetaminophen) to treat moderate to severe pain after a surgical procedure or injury. These opioids can be injected, taken orally in the form of tablets, capsules and syrups, or crushed and snorted.

Some of the common factors that increase the risk of hydrocodone abuse are:

  • Low income
  • Medicaid enrolled recipients
  • Living in a non-metropolitan area
  • Males
  • Nonmedical use of prescription opioids
  • Taking high daily dosages
  • History of mental health problems, including substance use disorder, depression, and others

How does hydrocodone work?

Hydrocodone is an opioid, a class of drugs that help to reduce a person’s perception of pain. Opioids work in the body by binding to and activating opioid receptors located in the brain, gastrointestinal tract and other organs, and nervous system, dull pain perception. These can also induce euphoria because they affect the reward system of the brain.

Based on the duration of its abuse, hydrocodone abuse can pose serious side effects on its user such as overdoses, physical dependence, addiction and death. The longer the duration of abuse, the more severe its effects are.

Some of the common short-term effects of hydrocodone abuse include:

  • Light-headedness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory depression
  • Itching and sweating
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Death

Its prolonged use can cease the production of endorphins, natural pain defenses in the human body and can also degenerate the nerve cells. As the nerve cells begin to die, people abusing hydrocodone begin to require more of the drug to prevent the onset of debilitating withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the other long-term effects of using this drug include:

  • Depression
  • Low levels of testosterone
  • Hyperalgesia (increased pain sensitivity)
  • Tolerance
  • Physical dependence
  • Addiction
  • Collapsed veins
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Hallucinations
  • Weakened immune system
  • Coma
  • Death

Hydrocodone dependence & addiction

Hydrocodone dependence is easy to develop, but it is quite difficult to be identified. Often created due to the misuse of a drug, a person developing physical dependence on this drug is very likely to feel an urge to use it. However, when he/she stops using the drugs, there are chances that the person might experience several withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle/bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills and hot flashes
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Panic
  • Sweating

Physical dependence on drug, if left untreated, gradually develops into hydrocodone addiction. Some of the common symptoms that signify hydrocodone addiction include drug seeking behavior, behavioral changes, and problems in school, relationships, at work or home, all of which become more pronounced as addiction progresses.

Treatment at Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health of California is one of the best hydrocodone detox centers that helps individuals fight against their opioid use disorders, including hydrocodone abuse and dependence. Our holistic approach and comprehensive treatment programs begin with a customized detoxification treatment that helps individuals overcome their addiction to hydrocodone.

Our treatment program at Sovereign Health of California involves an initial evaluation by our highly experienced treatment team. The assessment and evaluation also help to identify in case there are any underlying issues which may contribute to the person’s substance abuse.

A tailored treatment program is designed to meet the needs of the client. Patients are provided with a detox program and complementary and alternative holistic therapies, designed to ensure our clients receive the absolute care and support to see them through the completion of hydrocodone detox treatment and to prepare them for a seamless reintegration into society.

If you would like further information about the treatment of hydrocodone abuse and addiction, please call our 24/7 helpline to speak with a member of our admissions team. We will be happy to assist you.

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