My son has just asked for help for an addiction to Vicodin. He says he's been taking 2 pills a day but we haven't been able to pinpoint how long, but it's probably been more than 6 months. We called his doctor who said he definitely will need to detox and to go the the ER. The only treatment/rehab place in the area seems to be a methadone clinic,and I'd hate to see him go from one addiction to another. What course of detox should be tried first? What sort of detox should we avoid?
methadone is way to strong for this type of problem. If he's been using a weak opiate like vicodin (hydrocodone) for only 6 months and only 2 a day then that's not really an addiction as a kid screwing around with opiates.
That isn't to say that he isn't headed for trouble.
Methadone is for hard long term addicts with opiate tolerances that are through the roof. Most hard addicts wouldn`t even waste their time with hydrocodone. Now what I`m trying to make clear to you hear is that methadone is not the answer here, you could actually raise his tolerance to opiates and if he relapses he`d be taking handfuls of vicodin to get the same effect as he is now.
You need to get him into a rehab or cold turkey, putting more chemicals into someone that has not had the time or the amount of opiates to chemically alter their brain is asking for trouble. I would seriously get him into at least a 30 program although a 90 day would be better..Hope this helps and I hope he stays away from opiates as it can end a young life very quickly even if he does survive... Dave
i understand that you dont want to go from one addiction to another i also am a longtime vicodin user and i tried methadone and i dont recommend it ..but there is a better way its called suboxone.and it does have a very low risk for addiction.but the good thing about this drug is it takes control over your opiate receptors..so it would not matter how many vicodin he took he could not get high anyway go to this website it will give you all the info..turntohelp.com good luck
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