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Vicodin Addiction Treatment

Vicodin is an opiate that is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen taken for its pain relieving properties. Opiates such as Vicodin mimic the natural brain pain reliving chemicals endorphin which then distributes to receptor-sites that can be found in the spinal cord, and brain. Once these chemicals contact the receptors, they change how we feel pain. Vicodin affects areas of the brain that control how we experience pleasure and pain, which result in the euphoric (a high) affects that opiates produce.

Regular Vicodin usage eventually brings on developed tolerance to the drug that leads to an increase in dosages to produce the same initial effects. Physical dependence will result from long-term use when the body adapts to the narcotic. Withdrawal symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, hot and cold flashes with goose bumps, and involuntary leg spasms.

You would effectively treat a Vicodin addiction in the same way as any other opiate addiction even heroin addiction treatment. Long term Vicodin use changes the fundamental brain function, which explains why it is so difficult for people to quit on their own, and why Vicodin addiction detox and treatment are so essential for an early and permanent recovery.

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