Vicodin is a combination of two drugs – hydrocodone, an opiate based semi-synthetic narcotic, and Acetaminophen, which I also a pain killer, but also increases the effects of hydrocodone.
Vicodin was designed for use on moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is the most commonly prescribed drug on the market and is a large part of the epidemic in prescription drug addiction currently plaguing the country and which the Federal Government is keenly aware.
According to Federal data, more than 20,000 Americans, of all walks and socioeconomic status, die annually of prescription drug abuse. As a result, the government has recently tightened the laws around prescribing hydrocodone medications specifically.
The Culture of Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin has been a widely prescribed drug to the point of reaching a cultural status of sorts, particularly in Hollywood where many celebrities and stars have succumbed to Vicodin addiction or had trouble with the law for abuse of the narcotic.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been treated three times for addiction to Vicodin. His reported loss of hearing in 2001 also have been a side effect of the prolonged use of the drug. Rapper Eminem was known to have taken ten to twenty Vicodin pills a day and even had a Vicodin tattoo.
Quarterback Bret Favre went to rehab for Vicodin addiction, and Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, also suffered from addiction to Vicodin and was caught stealing the pills from her own medical charity. Other celebs with known Vicodin addictions are Courtney Love, who was arrested in Beverly Hills in possession of the pills, Michael Jackson, Kelly Osbourne and Matthew Perry.
Recovering from an Addiction to Vicodin
Clearly, if you go to rehab for an addiction to Vicodin, you may end up in very good company. But, as an opiate derivative narcotic, Vicodin, and more specifically hydrocodone, is very addictive and difficult to treat.
Several days of detox will most certainly be in order for any serious addiction, usually with a medication to ease withdrawal such as Suboxone, after which either residential care, or partial residential or an outpatient program may also be desirable. In many instances the Vicodin abuse has been coupled with abuse of other drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.
If the addiction is part of a co-occurring disorder other therapies will be needed to treat those conditions, which can range from a pre-existing trauma or mental health issues. When looking to recover from an addiction to Vicodin it is important to seek advice from someone with an expertise in the field of addiction, such as you will find when you call Recovery Channel.