According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 125 million individuals used Hydrocodone in 2011. Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller. Many know it by the brand name Vicodin, a drug that was originally used to control pain. However, due to its addictive nature many fall to Hydrocodone abuse. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reported that the amount of the drug used per person increased by 402 percent between 1997 and 2007 in the U.S. As Hydrocodone abuse and addiction continues to rise, the need for rehab treatment also continues to rise; however not everyone will seek treatment.
Obstacles to Detox and Rehab Treatment
Hydrocodone is relatively easy to obtain which is why addiction is so easily fed. Other drugs that offer similar effects such as Cocaine and Heroin are not only more costly. Additionally, thy are oftentimes a little more difficult to find. However, physicians commonly hand out prescriptions without checking to see if the drug is necessary for the condition. However, this policy may be changing. The federal government, and many states, has passed laws requiring physicians check patient information in a national database before they can issuing a prescription. Pharmacies have to do the same before they can fill the prescription. Another obstacle is the fact that many who participate in Hydrocodone abuse get the drug from loved ones. Well meaning friends and family believe that since it is and prescription drug and legal; it is harmless to take and okay to give to someone else to take. Most individuals do not believe that you can become addicted to prescription drugs. However, they are wrong.
Misconceptions about Prescription Drugs
Hydrocodone is an opiate narcotic from the same drug family as Heroin and Oxycontin. It affects the central nervous system and brain by blocking opioid receptors to avoid feeling pain. In turn, the individual taking Hydrocodone has a euphoric and pleasurable experience. Taking this drug for pain is not the problem. Continuing use after the problem is resolved is where addiction and abuse comes in. Therefore, the problem lies in the fact that many users do not stop taking the drug because of the high they get from it.
Getting Help for Hydrocodone Abuse and Addiction
When an individual is addicted to Hydrocodone, they may not seek assistance to help them quit their drug use. It may be necessary for family and friends to plan an intervention to speak with the individual to try to talk them into getting help. Confrontational and threatening interventions do not work. If you coerce a loved one into rehab when they do not want to be there, the outcome is rarely successful. Your loved one needs to come to the realization that they have a drug problem and they need and want help with that problem. In this respect the assistance is more likely to be successful because the individual will stay in treatment, their attitude towards detox and rehab will be more accepting and they will be more likely to continue sobriety than individuals who are forced into a treatment program. If you or someone you know are struggling with a Hydrocodone addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from Hydrocodone and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 888-228-9114, to see if our treatment program is right for you.