Soul Surgery’s Vicodin Rehab Center
Vicodin is a potent pain medication made with a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Often prescribed by physicians to treat moderate to severe pain, Vicodin is frequently taken for extended lengths of time and can be extremely addictive. The ingredients used in Vicodin cause the medication to be highly effective at treating pain as well as extremely addictive and even dangerous. At Soul Surgery, we understand the need for relief from chronic pain and believe there are other treatment options available to you without the use of addictive medications. The Vicodin rehab center at Soul Surgery will help you overcome your addiction in a safe, encouraging environment surrounded by staff who are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for life-long sobriety.
What Are The Dangers of Long Term Vicodin Use?
To fully understand the dangers of using Vicodin long-term, we must first understand how the two main ingredients in Vicodin affect us. The active ingredients in Vicodin are hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication, and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever, commonly found in over the counter medications such as Tylenol. The combination of these two medications activates different parts of the brain— which allow Vicodin to be more effective at treating pain. Although it is an effective treatment for pain, the medications do cause severe complications from extended use.
Complications from Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen is a very common over-the-counter medication that is non-addictive, and safe to use for curing headaches and reducing fever or inflammation. However, if a person takes more than the recommended dose, acetaminophen can cause liver and kidney damage, which can quickly turn into liver or kidney failure or even death. These risks are increased if the patient is also taking an opioid, such as Vicodin.
Complications from Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone is an opioid pain reliever and is effective for treating severe pain. The United States opioid epidemic is in part due to the misuse and abuse of opioids such as hydrocodone or Vicodin. The effects of opioid medications are severe and life-threatening, and can include:
Vicodin contains an opioid drug which attaches to the neurons in your brain and sends messages to nerves in other parts of your body. The messages tell the muscle movement and contractions in your abdomen to slow down or stop altogether, which cause constipation. Since the constipation is due to improper messages being sent to your body from your brain, the use of fiber and other stool softeners is often not very effective. Long-term constipation can result in even more severe complications.
The extended use of opioid medications can cause an irregular heartbeat, according to the National Library of Medicine. This condition can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack even in people who are young and otherwise healthy.
The persistent use of opioid medications, like Vicodin, impact the brain’s ability to produce dopamine. This, in turn, negatively impacts the frontal region of the brain, which is responsible for cognition and executive function. Those who regularly abuse opioid medication experience more difficulty learning new things, managing impulses, and making decisions.
How can Soul Surgery’s Vicodin Rehab Center help?
Overcoming addiction on your own is impossible. The experienced staff at Soul Surgery’s Vicodin rehab center are trained in helping you effectively overcome Vicodin misuse and lead a life free from the chains of addiction. Medication-Assisted Treatment, along with extensive therapy, and the support and guidance of our experienced staff, will enable you to safely and confidently overcome this addiction. Soul Surgery’s luxury residential, inpatient, or MedSpa treatment centers in Arizona are the best way to recover from your addictive past and move forward with a brighter, happier future. Give us a call or send Soul Surgery a message today if you are ready to take the first step towards life-long sobriety.