Hydrocodone Rehab

Hydrocodone is one of the most commonly prescribed pain medications in the United States. Scientifically speaking, hydrocodone is an opioid just like heroin, morphine and oxycodone. Therefore, hydrocodone is considered a highly addictive substance. Most people who become addicted are initially prescribed the medication. Four out of five people who start using heroin have a history of misusing prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone.

At Transformations By The Gulf in St. Pete Beach, Florida, we offer numerous options to help individuals move past their hydrocodone addiction. 

Find Hydrocodone Addiction Help in Florida

At Transformations By The Gulf, our holistic approach to care means outstanding, comprehensive treatment. We offer three primary types of care:

  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP): IOP is designed to meet your rehab needs with intensive therapy nine hours per week, but still allowing you to maintain life responsibilities.
  • Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment With Community Housing: A step up from IOP, day treatment immerses you in a recovery-based setting during the day and allows you to return home at night.
  • Residential, Inpatient Treatment: The most intense recovery program, residential treatment gives you around-the-clock access to a full staff of addiction specialists, therapists and doctors to guide your recovery.

What Is Hydrocodone Addiction?

Hydrocodone is prescribed in pill form. However, some people with a hydrocodone addiction may inject or crush and sniff the pills in effort to feel the effects faster and harder.

Hydrocodone, like all opioids, is extremely addictive.

Hydrocodone affects the opioid receptors in the brain, which sends a rush of dopamine throughout the body. A user will feel intense euphoria, pleasure and little pain. The effects are usually short-lived, however, and repeated use builds a tolerance to the medication quickly. This is why so many people who start with an innocent prescription after an injury or surgery become addicted.

Short-Term Effects of Hydrocodone Use

  • Nausea
  • Euphoria
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchiness
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Shallow breathing

Long-Term Effects of Hydrocodone Use and Abuse

  • Respiratory distress
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Vomiting
  • Increased tolerance
  • Severe withdrawal with abstinence
  • Liver or kidney damage

Individuals who take hydrocodone for as little as a few weeks may experience withdrawal symptoms including chills, vomiting, anxiety and increased heart rate. Because tolerance can grow so high for long-term users, the risks of overdose, coma and death are greatly heightened. The individual may use more of the drug to feel the effects, but the body can react negatively to such a high dose.

Why Seek Formal Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment?

Hydrocodone may be a prescription drug, but overcoming an addiction to this medication can be especially trying. Many people will attempt to stop on their own unsuccessfully due to the severe withdrawal effects on the body. Seeking formal treatment in a qualified rehabilitation center will mean:

  • Your detox process will be overseen by professionals
  • The best rehab options will be hand-picked for your situation
  • You will have access to direct peer support through group therapy
  • Your psychological, biological, social and familial needs will be addressed
  • You gain access to after care programs and ongoing support to maintain your sobriety

Reclaim Your Life With the Best Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment Options

Addiction to hydrocodone can be just as overwhelming and scary as addiction to any illicit substance. Transformations By The Gulf in St. Pete Beach, Florida, is here to help.

Our treatment facilities are located near the beach, which gives us the opportunity to provide an inviting atmosphere, experiential boat therapy and more. Our options include 30-, 60- and 90-day programs. If you or a loved one is seeking a reputable hydrocodone rehab center, reach out today for more information.