If you are one of the 45 million people taking prescription drugs and want to know, "Can I stop taking Vicodin?" The answer is yes, you can. Each year millions of people seek help for their Vicodin use and many are able to move beyond their substance use.
Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and hydrocodone. Long term use of Vicodin may result in developing a tolerance whereby it takes more of the drug to achieve the same desired effects.
Vicodin users often experience a significant number of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, breathing problems, ringing in the ears, anxiety, irritability, and seizures. It is not uncommon for Vicodin users to become fearful that they are going to run out of the drug and they may look for ways to secure more of it by doctor shopping, trading, or selling other medication for Vicodin, or habitually "losing" their prescription so that they can get more.
When you are ready to quit Vicodin, you may or may not need a medical detox. Whether you will need a detox will depend on how much of the drug you have been taking, how long you have been taking it, and how frequently you have been taking it. If you are unsure whether or not you need detox, consult with a doctor. If you do need detox, there are several options including outpatient detox, which will allow you to continue your daily routine and detox at home, or inpatient detox, in which you to check into a facility to receive medication and stay there for the process of detox.
The most recommended type of detox is intravenous (IV) therapy. IV therapy detox is supervised by a physician, which makes it possible to make any necessary adjustments to the medication so that you can detox more comfortably. The IV therapy is changed periodically based on your individual reactions to the detox process so adjustments are made based on your personal body chemistry and not a standard protocol.
If you don't need detox but would like a program to help you get your life back on track after Vicodin use, there are a number of programs available. 12 Step programs are well-known, but what is not well-known is the fact that they have a very low success rate of no more than about five percent. A 1 in 20 chance of success is a poor choice, especially if you are seeking to make an investment into permanently changing your substance use behavior and your life.
Saint Jude Retreats can help you successfully commit to a life without the fear of addiction or relapse. Through the science of neuroplasticity, the brain can literally "rewire" itself learning new thought patterns and behaviors, allowing you to replace your current thoughts regarding drug use. You will self-evaluate your decisions and create goals for your life moving forward. Cognitive Behavior Education (CBE) will provide you with tools and methods to self-assess and maintain your forward progress and successfully make permanent changes not only with your substance use habits but with your life as a whole. If you are looking to regain control of your life and move forward into a happy, purposeful life, the CBE program at Saint Jude Retreats is the one for you!