Is Hydrocodone an Opioid?

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Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that requires a prescription and is commonly used to alleviate moderate to severe pain. 

Unlike other natural opioids such as morphine and codeine, hydrocodone is partially synthesized. Hydrocodone is often prescribed under the brand name Vicodin for short-term pain relief after dental surgery or injury.

Regular use of hydrocodone pain pills can lead to addiction due to the addictive nature of opioids. Dependence on hydrocodone can result in withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit. To address hydrocodone addiction and manage withdrawal, individuals should consider detoxification and rehabilitation programs.

What is Hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone, a prescription opioid painkiller, is commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It consists of two active ingredients:

  1. Hydrocodone: a potent synthetic opioid that acts on the same neurotransmitters as heroin.
  2. Acetaminophen: a non-opioid ingredient found in over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol.

Is hydrocodone an opioid or is hydrocodone an opiate, then?

Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, is an opioid, not an opiate. 

Opiates are substances that occur naturally – codeine, morphine, and heroin, for example. Opioids, by contrast, are either fully synthesized (fentanyl) or partially synthesized (hydrocodone). 

Branded Vicodin tablets are available in varying strengths, containing hydrocodone in doses of 5mg, 7.5mg, or 10mg. Depending on the hydrocodone dosage, each Vicodin tablet contains between 300mg and 325mg of acetaminophen.

When used as prescribed, one hydrocodone tablet is typically taken every 4 to 6 hours throughout the day. However, in cases of hydrocodone addiction, individuals often consume much higher doses.

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Is Hydrocodone a Schedule II Substance?

 In late 2014, hydrocodone was reclassified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency). This reclassification was due to the identified potential for abuse, both with Vicodin as a standalone drug and in combination with other hydrocodone-containing medications.

Any use of hydrocodone without a proper prescription or deviating from prescribed usage is considered hydrocodone abuse. Symptoms of hydrocodone abuse can vary among individuals, but tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction commonly develop due to sustained abuse.

Hydrocodone Addiction

 Hydrocodone addiction can be a serious and challenging issue, often requiring specialized treatment that includes detoxification and rehabilitation. When individuals become dependent on hydrocodone, attempting to quit or reduce its use can lead to uncomfortable and distressing withdrawal symptoms.

Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

Detoxification, or detox, is the initial phase of treatment aimed at safely managing withdrawal symptoms while the body eliminates the drug. Medical professionals can provide assistance and support during this process, ensuring the individual’s safety and minimizing discomfort. Detoxification from hydrocodone is typically conducted under medical supervision to monitor vital signs and provide appropriate medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

Following detox, rehabilitation programs offer comprehensive support for individuals recovering from hydrocodone addiction. In rehab, individuals can address the underlying factors contributing to their addiction and learn strategies to maintain sobriety. Rehab programs may involve individual and group therapy sessions, behavioral interventions, educational workshops, and holistic approaches to healing.

Rehabilitation programs also focus on equipping individuals with relapse prevention strategies, coping skills, and ongoing support systems. Professional addiction counselors and medical staff work collaboratively with individuals to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.

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Hydrocodone FAQs

What are hydros?

Hydros, also known as hydrocodone, are prescription opioid medications used to relieve moderate or severe pain.

What is hydrocodone used for?

Hydrocodone is commonly prescribed for the management of pain, including acute pain following surgery or injury, as well as chronic pain conditions.

Is hydrocodone addictive?

Yes, hydrocodone has a high potential for addiction and dependence, and it should be used only as directed by a healthcare professional. For this reason, hydrocodone is a Schedule II controlled substance.

What is the hydrocodone brand name?

Vicodin is a common brand name for hydrocodone. This combination medication contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

What are the uses for hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone is primarily used for pain relief, but other uses of hydrocodone include cough suppression.

What are hydro pain meds?

Hydro pain meds refer to hydrocodone-based pain medications that contain hydrocodone as the active ingredient.

Is hydrocodone Vicodin?

Yes, Vicodin is a brand name for a combination medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Is hydrocodone acetaminophen an opioid?

Yes, hydrocodone acetaminophen is an opioid medication that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen, a non-opioid pain reliever.

What drug class is hydrocodone?

Hydrocodone belongs to the drug class of opioids, which are potent pain relievers that act on the CNS (central nervous system).

What is a hydro pill?

A hydro pill typically refers to a hydrocodone tablet or capsule, which is a form of medication containing hydrocodone as the active ingredient.

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Get Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction at Ohio Recovery Center

Ohio Recovery Center specializes in personalized addiction treatment programs specifically designed to address opioid addiction. We understand the unique challenges faced by individuals struggling with opioid dependencies. Our comprehensive treatment approach aims to provide effective solutions and support for lasting recovery.

Extensive research indicates that mild and moderate opioid addictions respond remarkably well to intensive outpatient treatment, yielding comparable outcomes to residential rehabilitation. By choosing our outpatient programs, you can benefit from a more flexible and affordable treatment option without compromising the quality of care you receive. Our Cincinnati rehab facility offers a range of programs tailored to meet your individual needs:

  • PHPs (partial hospitalization programs): Our PHPs provide a structured and supportive environment where you can receive intensive treatment during the day and return home in the evenings. This program is ideal for those who require a higher level of care but do not need 24-hour supervision.
  • IOPs (intensive outpatient programs): Our IOPs offer a comprehensive treatment approach while allowing you to maintain your daily responsibilities. Through this program, you can attend therapy sessions, counseling, and educational sessions during flexible hours, enabling you to continue with work, school, or other commitments.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment programs: We understand that many individuals struggling with opioid addiction may also experience co-occurring mental health disorders. Our dual diagnosis treatment programs address both addiction and any underlying psychiatric conditions, ensuring comprehensive and integrated care.

At Ohio Recovery Center, all our treatment programs are grounded in evidence-based practices. We combine pharmacological, behavioral, and holistic therapies to provide a scientifically-backed approach to recovery. Our team of experienced professionals will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs and goals.

During your time with us, you will learn relapse prevention strategies, acquire coping techniques, and gain valuable insights into sustaining long-term recovery. Should you require ongoing therapy or support after completing our programs, we provide access to additional resources and aftercare services to ensure continued success.Take the first step towards recovery by contacting our admissions team today. Call 513-757-5000 for immediate assistance and guidance. We are here to support you on your journey to overcoming opioid addiction and reclaiming a healthier, happier life.

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Christopher Glover CDCA

My name is Christopher Glover, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently in school and working to grow in competence to better support our community. As a recovering individual I know the struggles that you or a loved one can go through and that there is help for anything you may be struggling with.

The hardest part is asking for help and we are here as a team to best support you and your decision to start your journey towards a better future. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

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Amanda Kuchenberg PRS CDCA

I recently joined Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers as a Clinical Case Manager. I am originally from Wisconsin but settled in the Cincinnati area in my early 20s.  My career started in the fashion industry but quickly changed as I searched to find my drive and passion through helping others who struggle with addiction. 

As someone who is also in recovery, I wanted to provide hope, share lived experience, and support others on their journey.  I currently have my Peer Recovery Support Supervision Certification along with my CDCA and plan to continue my education with University of Cincinnati so I can continue to aid in the battle against substance addiction. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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Patrick McCamley LCDC III

 Patrick McCamley (Clinical Therapist) is a Cincinnati native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2019. Patrick received his bachelors degree in psychology from University of Cincinnati in 2021 and received his LCDC III (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2022. Patrick has worked in Clinical Operations, Clinical Case Management, and Clinical Therapy throughout his career.

Patrick has tremendous empathy and compassion for the recovery community, being in recovery himself since 2018. Patrick is uniquely qualified to be helpful because of the specific combination of his academic background and his own experience in recovery.

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Bill Zimmerman CDCA

Bill Zimmerman is a Greater Cincinnati Area native who has worked in substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health disorder treatment since 2018. Bill received his (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) license from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board in 2020.

Bill has worked in Clinical Operations in both support and supervision, and Program facilitating and 12 step recovery support during his career. Bill has a passion for the recovery community, having been in recovery himself since 1982. Connect with Bill on LinkedIn

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Taylor Lilley CDCA, PRS

Growing up in Louisiana with addiction running rampant on both sides of my family. A life away from drugs and alcohol seemed impossible for someone like me. I remember what it was like sitting across from someone thinking there is no way they could ever understand what I was going through.

Sharing my experience offers a credibility and a certain type of trust with clients that only someone who has walked down this road can illustrate. To immerse myself further into the field of addiction, I am currently studying at Cincinnati State for Human and Social Services.  I hope I never forget where I came from, if I can do it, so can you!

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Hello my name is Thomas Hunter. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a licensed social worker.In my scope of practice I have worked in the areas of mental health and recovery for thirty years. The clients I have worked with in my career have ranged in age from seven to seventy.

I strive each day to serve my purpose of helping those in need and I believe I do so by utilizing all of my experiences to accomplish my goal of supporting those who desire to establish their sobriety and maintain it in their recovery. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn.

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 My name is Mary D. Porter. I received my Masters of Social Work in 2008 from The University of Cincinnati. I received My Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure in 2001. I retired from The Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on April 14, 2014. Currently, I am the Associate Clinical Director for The Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers in Cincinnati.. Due to the fourth wave of the Opioid Epidemic in 2019,  I decided to enter back into the workforce to assist the addicted population.

The overdoses were astounding and I wanted to help.  I consider myself  to be an advocate for the addicted population. My compassion, resilience, empathy, wisdom, knowledge, experience and  love I have for this forgotten population goes beyond words. I consider what I do for the addicted population as a calling versus a “career,” because I too was once an “addict and alcoholic.” Today I am 45.5 years alcohol and substance free.

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Hello, my name is Ben Lemmon, and I’m the Vice President and Clinical Director at Ohio Community Health Recovery Centers. I’ve been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 and decided to enter the field after overcoming my own challenges with addiction.

When I first meet a client, I always explain to them that the reason we are meeting is because they are not capable of obtaining or maintaining sobriety, and my goal is to create a person that can maintain sobriety. I believe a person’s personality is made up of their thoughts, feelings and actions and my job is to help clients identify the thoughts, feelings and actions that have them disconnected from recovery and provide them with the tools to live a healthy and happy life. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn