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Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

In most of the country, prescription painkiller prescribing rates are lower now than they’ve ever been.[1] This is partially because we’ve seen the damage painkiller misuse can do. If you’ve been abusing hydrocodone, it’s a good time to consider hydrocodone addiction treatment.

Struggling with Hydrocodone Addiction? Get Help Now

Prescription painkillers like hydrocodone were once easy to get. Visit a pill mill, talk to a dealer, or steal them from a friend’s medicine cabinet — any method could result in a quick high. A lot has changed.

Transitioning to another drug (like heroin) when hydrocodone is no longer available to you is common, and this could come with serious consequences. In one study, 86% of people who injected heroin used prescription painkillers first.[9] 

Heroin users must buy their drugs from street dealers, and it’s often contaminated with much stronger drugs. In another study, 15 of 25 participants reported a non-fatal overdose, and eight suspected fentanyl. In addition, 15 of these participants said they’d seen someone overdose at least once.[10]

Here’s what you need to know about finding the right program and getting started on a whole new way of life with the help of Boca Recovery Center. 

Treating Hydrocodone Addiction at Boca Recovery Center 

Every recovery pathway is personal, but research helps us understand what typically works and what does not. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs that combine medications and psychotherapy are considered the gold standard for opioid use disorders.[2] The Boca Recovery Center team uses this evidence-based approach. 

Your program to treat hydrocodone addiction might include the following elements:

Medical Detox for Hydrocodone Withdrawal Management 

The first step in hydrocodone addiction treatment is often the most difficult. You must stop misusing opioids and allow your brain to adjust to sobriety. This is a high-risk time, as many people relapse and overdose when they try to quit without help.[3] This is because the discomfort of withdrawal can be intense, but with the right support, you can safely and comfortably make it through this process.

In a medical detox program at Boca Recovery Center, your team will provide medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. You’ll be monitored around the clock by trained staff who have helped hundreds of people overcome opioid addiction. 

Your care team will monitor your progress very carefully. When you’re feeling sober and strong, it’s time to transition out of detox and into long-term addiction management. 

While detox is an effective method to get sober safely, it can’t address the underlying addiction. In one study, people who got no aftercare following detox relapsed much faster than those who entered treatment programs.[11]

Medication-Assisted Treatment 

Some of the therapies you used to get sober can help you stay that way. Boca Recovery Center’s MAT program involves using a low dose of FDA-approved treatments to ease cravings, correct chemical imbalances, and help you focus on your recovery. Researchers say people who use MAT are more likely to remain in treatment, which reduces their risk of dying from an overdose and increases their chances of future employment.[12]

Medications like buprenorphine and methadone work on the same targets opioids do. For people with opioid use disorder, these therapies don’t cause intoxication. They’re safe to use for months, years, or even indefinitely.[4]

Your team will assess your health and symptoms. Together, you’ll choose the right medication and proper dose. When your time with Boca Recovery Center draws to a close, we’ll connect you with a local MAT provider to ensure you have access to the therapies and medications you need. 

Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab Treatment for Hydrocodone Abuse 

At the end of your medical detox program, you’ll be sober. Your brain cells will begin to heal. Your journey to recovery is far from over, and you’ll need continued care and support to achieve and maintain recovery. 

Your drug cravings may persist, and if you relapse, your lowered drug tolerance could lead to an overdose. In 2021, opioids were involved in more than 80,000 overdose deaths.[5] 

An inpatient or residential rehab program could offer critical protection. In one study, people who enrolled in outpatient care had a relapse rate 52% higher than that seen in those who used inpatient care.[11] It’s clear this type of treatment can be very helpful in ensuring you stay sober.

Enrolling in inpatient hydrocodone addiction treatment at Boca Recovery Center means leaving your triggers behind. You won’t be distracted by temptations to abuse hydrocodone at home. Instead, you’ll focus exclusively on therapy, counseling, education, medication, and support. Every day, you’ll be surrounded by a talented team with extensive training in helping people just like you.

An inpatient program also means surrounding yourself with others in recovery. Loneliness is strongly associated with drug abuse.[6] Living alone during your fragile first days of sobriety can make you feel isolated and misunderstood. Living with others who understand your situation could be critical to ensuring your long-term success and reducing your relapse risk. 


While medications are crucial to successful hydrocodone addiction treatment programs, counseling and therapy are also essential. These interventions can help you address aspects of your life that pharmaceutical solutions can’t touch. 

Researchers say behavioral therapies can ensure you take your medication, address triggers not touched by your medications, and help you build healthier habits. Behavioral therapy is more effective than medications used alone.[2]

Your therapy program might address the following elements:

  • How to identify drug use triggers
  • How to handle cravings without relapsing
  • The role of negative emotions in relapse risks 
  • Why developing a healthy sleep schedule can help you to stay sober
  • How to discuss your addiction and recovery with others
  • How to meditate or exercise to ease uncomfortable emotional states 

You might work with Boca Recovery Center staff in private counseling sessions to discuss personal issues. Group counseling and educational sessions can help you role-play and learn from others too. In our comprehensive program, you’ll have many opportunities to build the necessary skills that help you to stay sober.

Counseling approaches used at Boca Recovery Center include the following:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): You work with a therapist to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to avoid relapse and learn coping skills.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): This type of CBT involves talk therapy and an educational aspect to improve emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Motivational enhancement therapy: This type of therapy focuses on resolving your ambivalence about entering treatment and stopping substance abuse.

Contingency management: You receive tangible rewards like vouchers or cash for abstinent behaviors, such as drug-free urine tests.

Group therapy: Facilitated by a mental health professional, you meet with other clients to discuss issues related to hydrocodone addiction, challenges, and successes. You may practice sober social skills, drug refusal strategies, and role-play.

Family therapy: Facilitated by a mental health professional, you and at least one family member meet to heal the damage caused by hydrocodone abuse, improve family bonds, and learn conflict resolution and communication skills.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): A therapist works with you to reduce the distress related to traumatic memories, using focused eye movements.

Holistic and complementary therapies: Combined with evidence-based therapies, holistic therapies like creative arts therapy and yoga may help treat various aspects of addiction.

Why Choose Boca Recovery Center for Your Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment Program?

Some of the top reasons to choose us include the following:

  • Individualized treatment plans: We tailor treatment plans to address your unique needs, history, goals, and more.
  • Evidence-based treatment methods: We use addiction treatment modalities that are backed by scientific research and considered best practices.
  • Top credentialed and accredited medical directors and staff: We staff some of the most experienced and knowledgeable therapists, doctors, and psychologists in the country.
  • Insurance coverage: We work with most major insurance providers, including private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, to help make rehab more accessible.
  • Financing options and flexible payment options: We don’t want a lack of insurance to be a burden to receiving quality addiction treatment, so we offer financing and payment plans to reduce the cost of care.
  • Proven success in addiction care: We’ve treated over 10,000 patients at our various facilities, helping them achieve sobriety and create long-term recovery plans.
  • Top 10% of rehabs in the U.S.: All our locations are accredited by The Joint Commission. We meet the highest standards of care in addiction and behavioral health.

Long-Term Recovery From Hydrocodone Addiction 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that recovery is a progression of changes rather than a static state. Ultimately, recovery leads to better well-being and the ability to control your life and reach your goals.[7] It may seem like a lofty objective. You can achieve it with the proper support. 

Discharge planning is an important part of your care at Boca Recovery Center. Your team will assess your progress and create a package of aftercare services that may include the following elements:

  • Support group meetings, such as Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery 
  • Group counseling 
  • Individual counseling 
  • Drug education classes
  • Vocational classes 

If you aren’t ready to leave a treatment environment behind, you can enter an intensive outpatient treatment program or a partial hospitalization program. You can also enter a sober living home to surround yourself with others in recovery. These are all environments that enable a dedicated focus on recovery, and this can be particularly important during the early phases of recovery from hydrocodone addiction.

You can lean on any or all of these services in your recovery. When new challenges appear, you may need certain aspects that didn’t seem necessary before. As you heal, you may no longer need some elements that once seemed vital. Your Boca Recovery Center team will be there to guide your way, and your treatment plan will adapt as you progress.

Getting Started at Boca Recovery Center 

A free and confidential pre-screening phone call starts the enrollment process at Boca Recovery Center. We’ll ask you about your hydrocodone abuse, your treatment history, and your recovery preferences. We’ll use this information to determine if our program will work well for you, and we’ll build an individualized treatment plan just for you. 

Mental and behavioral health services are essential health benefits.[8] All insurance plans sold through the healthcare marketplace must cover these services, and most private insurance plans do too. We’ll contact your insurance company and smooth your entry into the program, spelling out the details for you so you know exactly what to expect.

We’ll also help arrange transportation to the program. You won’t need to worry about how you’ll get here. We’ll even help you determine what to pack. When you arrive, we’ll meet you and help you get settled. Recovery starts on the first day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment

These are questions we often hear about hydrocodone addiction treatment at Boca Recovery Center:

Do your hydrocodone addiction treatment methods really work?

We only use therapies proven effective by organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Every therapy we offer is deeply rooted in evidence, research, and success rates.

Do I have to pay for treatment out of my pocket?

Not necessarily. If you have health insurance, your plan likely includes coverage for addiction recovery. We’re happy to work directly with your insurance company to assess your benefits and explain your costs.

Do medications work for hydrocodone addiction?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a proven method that can help to reduce cravings, help you stay in treatment, and reduce your relapse risks. MAT also includes the use of behavioral therapy.

Updated May 10, 2024
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