But there’s a lot of power packed into that tiny pill — and much of it is harmful.
Vicodin is partially responsible for a dangerous wave of addictions and overdoses sweeping across the country.
Every person with this issue has the power to get better. But they might need help from friends, family, and professionals to get there.
- Methadone: This is one of the oldest and strongest opioid recovery medications available. It convinces your brain that Vicodin is available, even when it’s not. If you’ve been taking a lot of Vicodin every day due to addiction, this could be a good choice.
- Buprenorphine: This is a newer replacement medication, and it works similarly to methadone. While you take this drug, your brain will feel Vicodin is still available. You can take this drug home and use it there.
- Antidepressants: Long-term use of Vicodin can lead to an inability to feel joy. Antidepressants, such as Mirtazapine, can correct the chemical imbalance and bring color to your life.
- Over-the-counter aids: You might need help with nausea, diarrhea, restlessness, and your appetite early in the healing process. A cocktail of over-the-counter solutions could help.
It might seem strange to use medications to recover from an addiction, but these solutions have a proven track record. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people taking methadone are 4.44 times more likely to remain in treatment than those who don’t.