The first time you took your drug of choice—the drug that would eventually be your first, last, and favorite drug—it was a voluntary action. The choice to take that drug was in your hands. But by the time you realized you were addicted and you desperately needed hydrocodone treatment, there was nothing voluntary about it. You were a prisoner of the drug.
By then, you were compelled to seek out hydrocodone each and every day, throughout the day. Your need for the drug had overtaken your life. You were no longer taking the hydrocodone to get high or for the purpose of pain relief. Each time you took it you did not experience enjoyment, nor did you relieve your pain. You were simply taking it so that you would not get sick throughout the day—you were taking it just to feel normal.
Now that you are seeking hydrocodone treatment, finally you can say you are seizing back control of your life. One of the key aspects of treatment for hydrocodone or for any addictive drug is the ability to recognize the need for change. Once you begin treatment at a medication-assisted treatment program, using methadone or Suboxone to help overcome hydrocodone addiction, you will engage with a counselor in one-on-one sessions, and that counselor will help spark your motivation.
The FRAMES of Hydrocodone Treatment
The professionals who work with you during your hydrocodone treatment base the help they provide on a mnemonic called “FRAMES.” A mnemonic is a device that helps you remember the steps of a process, and in the case of opiate or hydrocodone treatment FRAMES spells out the elements that the counselor sticks to during your therapy.
Feedback comes from the counselor, once they’ve heard your story, to help you realize how your life has become derailed. You will be able to recognize that your addiction has impaired you and put you at risk. For example, a good job and a loving family are not compatible with the struggle to obtain a drug illegally every day.
Responsibility is placed on your shoulders by the counselor. Whether you walked through the front door of the treatment program based on your own decision or you were forced to do so because of an ultimatum by a judge, a boss, or a spouse, you have the right to make choices for yourself. Pat yourself on the back if you’re in treatment, because, believe it or not, many people choose jail.
Advice comes from the counselor to point out what is working in your hydrocodone treatment and what is not. The counselor should give you this advice about your recovery without being judgmental or critical of you.
Menus are made available to you by your counselor, so that you can see all your options for hydrocodone treatment alternatives. There are other menus, too, like decision trees, that show you what results will follow the changes you choose.
Emphasis on treatment by your counselor should be strong and impressive. It’s one thing to be forced into counseling, but if you truly give it a chance, you will find that the people who go into substance abuse including hydrocodone treatment are very enthusiastic—emphatic—about helping you. Your counselor should be warm and respectful toward you. You won’t be personal friends, but the two of you should share some level of rapport.
Self-Efficacy means that you learn how to believe in yourself. You can develop optimism for your future. You are taking back control of your life. Do you want to own your life again? Can you do it?
An Indian Folk Tale
Centuries ago a young warrior lived in the same village as a true miracle worker. But the warrior was unhappy and he had little success in hunting, in battle, or in love, and he blamed everyone else for his troubles. He felt jealousy toward the miracle worker because everyone who was helped by him claimed that the miracle worker was generous, kind, and wise.
So the warrior decided to prove the miracle worker could be wrong. He captured a small bird and concealed it in his hand and he then approached the miracle worker. He planned to ask the miracle worker if the bird was dead or alive. If the miracle worker said the bird was dead, the warrior would open his hand and let the bird fly away. If the miracle worker replied that the bird was alive, the warrior would easily crush the small bird to death. He knew there was no way the miracle worker could successfully predict the truth.
So the warrior asked the miracle worker: “Is the bird in my hand dead or alive?” The miracle worker looked long and hard at the young warrior, and then he said, “The answer is in your hands.”
It’s Up to You
Sometimes in treatment you struggle with the people who are helping you with your addiction. On bad days, you can’t help feeling angry toward the nurse, the doctor, and especially toward the counselor. You might wonder why on Earth you keep coming and whether hydrocodone treatment will ever get easier for you. It seems impossible that your counselor can really understand what you’re going through.
But there can be good days. Now you are the warrior, and your battle involves your addiction and the hydrocodone treatment you need. Will your soul come out of this dead or alive? The answer…is in your hands.