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Choosing an Inpatient Fioricet Program

Fioricet is a pain medication that contains acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. The medication can be habit-forming, and regular use can lead to dependence.

It is important to seek out professional treatment if you are addicted to Fioricet, as withdrawal without medical supervision can be life-threatening. 1

Understanding Fioricet Addiction

According to the National Institutes of Health, 12% of the U.S. population suffers from migraines. 2 The effects of such headaches can disrupt daily life, leading many people to seek out medical solutions.

Fioricet is the brand name of a type of medication that contains caffeine, acetaminophen, and butalbital – a barbiturate. Although this medication can be effective at relieving headaches, it can also lead to physical dependence because butalbital is addictive. 1 It reduces anxiety and can help a person sleep, but it wears off quickly and the person’s anxiety can return (in addition to their headache). People may keep taking the drug every 4 to 8 hours, and this behavior can lead to dependence.

For this reason, Fioricet is usually only prescribed for short periods of time.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Tolerance is one of the most common signs of a Fioricet addiction. If you have noticed that more medication is needed to achieve the same effect from weeks or months before, this may be an indication that you have built up a tolerance to Fioricet. Behavioral changes, including drug-seeking behavior, are another common indication of addiction.

Other signs include: 5

  • Being unable to control your use of Fioricet and/or using more than originally intended.
  • Continuing to use despite mental or physical harm.
  • Continuing to use despite social consequences.
  • Cravings to use Fioricet.
  • Wanting to quit but being unable to stop.
  • Spending a large amount of time spent obtaining, using, and/or recovering from Fioricet use.
  • Losing interest in activities that do not involve substance use.
  • Neglecting responsibilities due to Fioricet use.
  • Using in hazardous situations such as while driving a car or operating machinery.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after stopping use.

Withdrawal Symptoms

People who have been abusing Fioricet may experience withdrawal within a few hours of stopping this medication. Symptoms may include: 3

  • Nausea.
  • Restlessness.
  • Insomnia.
  • Anxiety.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Seizures.

If you are abusing Fioricet, you should seriously consider medical supervision to help you manage withdrawal symptoms. Untreated withdrawal symptoms from barbiturates such as butalbital can be fatal.

This type of medical care is usually offered in a residential Fioricet recovery center.

Types of Residential Programs

An important early step in overcoming an addiction to Fioricet is admitting that a problem exists. As difficult as this may be, remember that you are not alone. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 3.8 million Americans aged 12 or older currently misuse prescription pain relievers. 4

It is not uncommon for people battling a prescription drug abuse problem to be confused about how to find an appropriate treatment facility. The number of options can seem overwhelming. The first factor to consider is whether a residential or outpatient facility will meet your individual needs. A serious addiction to Fioricet may be most effectively treated through an inpatient or residential program.

One of the most important benefits of a residential program is the ability to detox from the medication in a safe and supervised environment. If you have already tried to stop taking this medication, you may be familiar with the withdrawal symptoms. Residential rehabilitation, in addition to offering 24-hour care and live-in facilities, can provide you with the medical support you need during this critical time.

Types of residential programs include:

  • Standard inpatient. Inpatient programs offer comprehensive services that include detox, individual and group therapy, other activities such as recreation, and aftercare planning. Programs usually last 28 to 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, or longer in some cases.
  • Luxury inpatient. Luxury Fioricet programs provide the same services as standard programs. But they tend to have state-of-the-art facilities, be located in desirable locations, and offer additional amenities such as swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and massage treatments. They are also significantly more expensive than standard programs.
  • Executive or CEO inpatient. Executive Fioricet programs blend the services of standard programs with the amenities of luxury facilities. In addition, they offer other services tailored to working professionals, such as Internet access, meeting rooms, and private workspaces. These programs also tend to come with a high price tag.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient programs can either be used as a “step down” form of treatment after a person completes an inpatient stay at an inpatient Fioricet recovery center or as a primary form of treatment.

Outpatient is typically offered on a part-time basis. People attend individual or group therapy sessions on certain days of the week for a few hours at a time. They return home each day. Some programs also offer medical monitoring.

These programs may be a more appropriate choice for people who:

  • Do not have debilitating addictions.
  • Do not suffer from any medical or mental health complications.
  • Aren’t able to make a commitment to full-time treatment.

Finding a Fioricet Rehabilitation Program

Once you’ve decided whether to pursue inpatient or outpatient Fioricet treatment, there are a couple other factors you’ll want to consider, including:

  • Location. The program’s location can play a big role in your recovery. Think about whether you or your loved would prefer to stay close to home or travel to get away from triggers in your everyday environment.
  • Family involvement. Does the program offer opportunities for family to be active participants in the treatment process? Family support can also be important for recovery – particularly for adolescents.
  • Cost. Find out how much the program costs and how you will pay for treatment (see next section for more information on cost and payment).
  • Program philosophy. Is the program 12-step-based? Does it take a faith-based approach, or is it more secular and evidence-based? Make sure the program’s approach aligns with your own values and what you’re most comfortable with.
  • Experience with barbiturates. Heavy Fioricet users should seek out a program with medical professionals who have experience with barbiturate withdrawal and recovery.
  • Dual diagnosis. Make sure the program screens for and treats any co-occurring medical or mental health conditions that may accompany your addiction, as well as the abuse of additional drugs and alcohol. If you are battling other mental health issues, such as depression, it is imperative that your treatment program address these issues.
  • Alternative therapies. Finally, one of the factors you may wish to consider is whether the facility offers alternate or complementary therapies. Facilities may offer alternative therapies or holistic therapies such as acupuncture and yoga. If you have certain dietary requirements or needs, see whether the facility is able to meet them. Ideally, it is best if the facility has a trained nutritionist on staff to address such needs.

Costs and Paying for Treatment

The costs of a recovery program will depend on several factors, including:

  • Type of program. Inpatient programs tend to cost more than outpatient programs, and luxury and executive/CEO programs tend to cost more than standard inpatient programs.
  • How long you stay. Most programs charge you per day. The more days you stay, the more it will cost.
  • Insurance coverage. Insurance can help to reduce the cost of a program, but you may still have some out-of-pocket costs. Private insurance programs, as well as government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, may cover all or part of the cost of treatment. Call to learn more about what your insurance will cover.
  • Amenities. Programs that offer more amenities, such as private rooms, chef-prepared meals, and personal trainers will cost more.

If you don’t have insurance, there are several ways to finance treatment:

  • Sliding scale and payment plans. Some programs offer alternative payment options that allow you to pay based on what you can afford or pay off the cost of treatment over time.
  • Borrowing from friends, family, and savings. You can ask friends and family to help you pay for treatment, tap your savings, or borrow from a 401(k) account.
  • Using credit cards. You can use a regular credit card or a health care credit card. Just make sure that you can pay it off and that the interest rate is favorable.
  • Starting a crowdfunding campaign. GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, and Crowdrise are sites that let you set up a campaign and let friends, family, and others contribute money to your cause.

What Happens at an Inpatient Center

  • Intake and assessment. When you or your loved one first enters the program, a member of the treatment staff will ask you some questions about your addiction. You will also be evaluated by a medical professional. The staff will then customize a treatment plan according to your needs.
  • Detox. If you have been abusing Fioricet regularly at doses higher than those prescribed, a medically supervised program will help you detox from the drug so that you can fully participate in treatment. The provider will likely prescribe medications, such as a long-acting benzodiazepine, to help ease withdrawal symptoms and ensure a safe and comfortable withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal from the caffeine in Fioricet (usually headaches and fatigue) should subside after 4 to 7 days and can also be managed by gradually reducing caffeine consumption over one to two weeks. 1
  • Therapy. Once you have completed detox, you will likely still need medical and emotional support to assist you as you recover from your addiction. Individual and group therapy helps you to uncover the reasons behind your addiction, develop relapse prevention skills, and learn new habits that support a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Additional activities. Many programs at residential Fioricet recovery centers include recreational activities, games, movies, field trips, and other group activities.
  • Aftercare. Before you leave the program, the treatment staff will work with you on an aftercare plan that ensures that you receive ongoing support. Relapse rates are high for people who are in recovery from drugs and alcohol, and aftercare increases the likelihood of remaining sober. Aftercare options can include continued individual or group therapy, 12-step meetings, and sober living homes.

Find a Fioricet Recovery Program

We are always available to speak to you about obtaining help for yourself or your loved one. Call to take the first step toward recovery. Fioricet recovery centers can provide you with the support you need to overcome your addiction. The key to an addiction-free future is asking for help today.

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