Vicodin is a prescription painkiller that is typically prescribed to individuals who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Vicodin contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, which is a semi-synthetic opioid. When used as directed under the supervision of a qualified prescribing physician, Vicodin is an extremely effective painkiller. The medication functions as a central nervous system depressant, alleviating pain while eliciting a sense of mild euphoria and general wellbeing. Because of these pleasurable effects, Vicodin is commonly abused, both for self-medication and for purely recreational purposes.
Regardless of why a person begins to abuse Vicodin, continuing to do so will put that person at risk for a variety of negative outcomes, including addiction. The presence of hydrocodone in Vicodin can lead a person who has been misusing the drug to develop opioid use disorder, which can be extremely difficult to overcome without effective professional treatment from a rehab center.
At Mirror Lake, we are well aware of the challenges faced by individuals who are attempting to overcome opioid use disorder, and we have developed specialized comprehensive programming to help them accomplish this goal. With a staff of dedicated professionals who have decades of collective experience working with individuals who have developed opioid use disorder, Mirror Lake is uniquely prepared not only to help people overcome the compulsion to abuse Vicodin, but also to make the lasting changes that will empower them to live healthier drug-free lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a loved one or family member has been abusing or has become addicted to Vicodin can be a troubling experience. You likely recognize that your loved one needs help, but you may be unsure about what you can do. Please consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction. This will help you to understand why your loved one has been behaving as he or she has and will enable you to understand the challenges that he or she is facing.
- Research rehab centers that offer comprehensive treatment services to men and women who are struggling with an addiction to Vicodin, hydrocodone, and other opioids.
- Discuss your concerns with your loved one. Share the information that you have gathered, and let him or her know that he or she has your continued support. Remember that this should be a discussion, not a lecture. Allow your loved one to process the information that you have provided and share his or her thoughts, worries, and/or fears.
- Encourage your loved one to enter rehab, and help him or her get the process started. Set up appointments, provide transportation, and volunteer to accompany him or her to rehab center visits and meetings with treatment or admissions personnel.
- Once treatment has started, remain an active positive presence. If the rehab center offers family therapy or a family support program, participate if possible. Make sure that your loved one and his or her treatment team knows that you are ready and willing to serve as a member of his or her post-treatment support network.
While you are helping you loved one, make sure that you are not ignoring your own needs. A loved one’s addiction impacts friends and family members, and if you do not address the ways that your life has been impacted by your loved one’s substance abuse, you will undermine your ability to be a supportive presence in your loved one’s life. Tend to your physical, psychological, and emotional health, both for your own wellbeing and so that you can provide optimal levels of support to your loved one.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
An untreated Vicodin addiction can cause myriad disturbances in an individual’s life. The continued abuse of this drug can lead to physical problems such as impaired vision, liver damage, gastrointestinal issues, and both cardiovascular and respiratory distress. Psychologically, the continued abuse of Vicodin has been associated with impaired cognition, mood swings, diminished ability to focus and concentrate, and the development of anxiety and paranoia. As a person’s desire to abuse Vicodin transforms into a compulsion and obsession, he or she will de-prioritize important issues such as his or her personal relationships, academic status, and occupational performance. The results of this change in priorities can include family discord, strained or ruined friendships, job loss and unemployment, financial problems, and legal problems including arrest and incarceration. From here, it is a short slide into financial ruin, social withdrawal or ostracization, homelessness, and hopelessness. Yet with proper professional treatment from a rehab center, the pain of Vicodin addiction can end and the promise of a healthier and productive future can once again become a reality.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
For years, Mirror Lake has been providing transformative rehab that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest rehab centers in the state, and has become known as a provider of high quality addiction treatment.
The tranquil setting in which rehab occurs at Mirror Lake is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective treatment methods for our clients. The foundation of our rehab is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of an addiction to Vicodin. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to receive treatment at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complicated medical histories and offer. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase rehab program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized treatment plan while participating in treatment at Mirror Lake:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to certain substances, such as Vicodin, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that cause their addictions. Mirror Lake employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While detoxing from Vicodin, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each patient on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and help them to establish short-term rehab goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as Vicodin. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission to our rehab center, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our rehab center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions take place on our campus in Burns, Tennessee, and are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our care, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program. This program, which allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the rehab we offer for an addiction to Vicodin. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in treatment at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method of treatment for individuals who are battling an addiction to Vicodin. Part of our holistic approach includes the use of experiential therapies in our programming. The following types of experiential therapy may be included in a client’s personalized rehab plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their rehab. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows participants to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most, and will help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time at Mirror Lake, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to Vicodin. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their rehab goals, and we a concerted effort to ensure that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving our rehab center.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how we can help you or someone you care about, call us today.