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University Park Behavioral Health is a modern, innovative healthcare organization offering a path to recovery to those suffering with substance use and mental health disorders. Over the course of our many years in the behavioral healthcare field, we've identified significant gaps in the addiction treatment continuum and heard from many Americans whose needs have gone unmet. For these reasons we have dedicated our efforts to developing new approaches and programs to ensure that every man and women receives the best care humanly possible from our organization. Today we operate six Joint Commission-accredited detox, assessment, and specialized residential treatment centers in four U.S. states.

Whatever your need, whatever your struggle, University Park is here to serve you and guide you through the process of healing and recovery. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore our website and get acquainted with our excellent alcohol and drug rehab programs, and our dedicated professionals. For more information, please call 800-203-8249 today.

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“Our industry has consistently struggled to provide high-quality services with open minded, assessment-driven approaches that improve the quality of life for patients and family members. University Park Behavioral Health offers highly individualized, effective, and innovative solutions for your clients, neighbors, colleagues, friends, acquaintances, and family members struggling with prescription pill dependency, substance abuse, or addiction. Our patients are talented, capable men and women from all walks of life who need answers and solutions. We are here to provide them.”


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Our cutting-edge Medical Detox + Assessment Programs in Colorado Springs, CO, Albuquerque, NM, and St. George, UT, are shattering the mold of traditional long-term residential care by offering medical-supervised detox services alongside a two-week comprehensive psychological, psychiatric, and medical assessment. There is nothing like this offering in the field, and it provides a unique opportunity for clients to not only cleanse their systems of abused substances but also receive a complete assessment of their condition and a clear and honest recommendation for follow-up treatment, as needed.

For those desiring full-featured residential care, we offer three distinct offerings ranging from our mixed-gender, non-12-Step program in Austin, Texas, to our gender-specific men’s program in Taos, New Mexico, and our women-only treatment program in Cascade, Colorado.


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Vicodin Dependency: Physical and Mental Health Risks

January 26, 2018

Vicodin dependency can severely derail an otherwise normal and healthy life. A brand name prescription drug that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol), Vicodin is highly addictive, and has effects on the human brain that are similar to heroin. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), abuse of prescription drugs such as Vicodin led to roughly 11,000 unintentional deaths in 2008, as opposed to around 2,000 unintentional deaths as a result of heroin overdoses. The relative accessibility of Vicodin, combined with its intensely addictive properties, make it incredibly dangerous should addiction develop.

According to the NIDA, health risks associated with Vicodin dependency include liver damage, liver failure, jaundice and urinary problems. Furthermore, mental health issues have been known to develop, such as severe instances of mania and depression. There has been a link established between the development of anorexia and Vicodin dependency as well.

The link between mental health issues and Vicodin does not stop there. As a means of self-medication, individuals will often use Vicodin in an attempt to control pre-existing mental health conditions such as Dissociative Identity Disorder, social anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Sadly, what often ends up happening is the aforementioned development of new conditions, as well as the potential exacerbation of the ones already there, creating a perpetuating, co-occurring cycle of mental illness and addiction.

Vicodin dependency can even spread beyond the addict. Tragically, infants who are birthed by Vicodin addicts are known to be born with a physical dependency for the drug.

Signs of Vicodin Dependency

As Vicodin use increases, signs of addiction become prevalent. These signs include:

  • Tolerance – Those with a Vicodin dependency will often require up to 30 pills per day in order to obtain the desired feeling, according to the NIDA
    Inability To Focus
  • Mood Swings – These can become severe
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Withdrawal Symptoms – Those who have not used the drug will experience prevalent itching, swelling and dizziness. This can occur in anyone who is taking Vicodin, but it is more extreme in those who have developed a Vicodin dependency

Another common sign of a Vicodin addict is a preoccupation with procuring the drug, often going through elaborate means and concocting phony injuries in order to obtain the drug. Possession of Vicodin becomes the addict’s number one priority, usurping all else. This can destroy social, familial and professional relationships as the procurement of the drug consumes the individual at all costs.

Treatment For Vicodin Dependency

As the onset of withdrawal symptoms for a Vicodin addict can be swift and brutal at even the slightest alteration of consumption, it can be terrifying for the dependent individual to even consider treatment. At University Park Behavioral Health, we know Vicodin addiction can be treated, and it can be treated successfully.

At University Park Behavioral Health our detoxification program will help the client overcome the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that occur when one is attempting to treat Vicodin dependency. Our detoxification program involves consistent and vigilant monitoring of the client as he experiences these symptoms, as well as a comprehensive, personalized treatment program to ensure he develops the mental and psychological tools to cope with his dependency through the guidance and support of our empathetic clinical team.

For those who have psychiatric disorders that have developed along with Vicodin dependency, or for those who have developed symptoms as a result of Vicodin abuse, we also specialize in treating co-occurring disorders. Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs do not adhere to the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment, but rather they are malleable to fit the unique needs of each individual client.