What Is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is an analgesic often combined with Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Aspirin. Sold under the name of Vicodin, Lorcet, and Vicoprofen, Hydrocodone is a synthetically modified, opiate derivative that is marketed as a pain killer.
Hydrocodone addiction can lead to severe and life-endangering withdrawal symptoms. Regular use of products with Hydrocodone leads to dependency. The clearest indication of addiction is the need for increased use and the onset of withdrawal symptoms when dosage is either modified or restricted.
Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms
Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are usually an intense opposite effect of how the drug has impacted the body. For example, many opiate-derived drugs can make people constipated. Withdrawal symptoms of diarrhea can be expected. Other symptoms associated with Hydrocodone withdrawal are nausea, cramping, loss of appetite, drug craving, chills, muscle aches and pains, anxiety, and irritability. Symptoms may last from a couple of days to one week. Severe dehydration can potentially lead to a life-threatening situation, so Hydrocodone withdrawal should only take place under medically supervised conditions to ensure maximum patient safety.
Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment
Hydrocodone addiction is opioid addiction. Opioid addiction treatment must first deal with the physical withdrawal symptoms, provide immediate care for drug craving, and establish long-term rehabilitation to prevent drug relapse.
Treatment for Physical Withdrawal
Physical withdrawal symptoms are best managed on an inpatient basis over a period of at least one week to gradually taper the drug and manage withdrawal symptoms as they develop.
Acute Drug Craving
Acute treatment from three to five months within a long-term rehabilitation treatment program is preferred. By receiving private counseling and group therapy, addicts can get in touch with deep-seated issues that are contributing to the problem of addiction in their life.
Opioid addiction is a long road to recovery best served by long-term treatment. Getting the effect of the drug out of the system is only the first step of the process. Making the decision to live without depending on drugs is a choice that must be walked out every single day. Participating in Twelve Step Programs and holistic programs that treat the whole person are needed to provide the kind of spiritual direction and life skills training so desperately needed to walk drug free on purpose for life.
Long Term Rehab for Relapse Prevention
There are some things in life that pride, stubbornness, and a do-it-yourself mentality can only get you into a lot of trouble. When it comes to drug addiction, stubbornness can cost you your life or the life of a loved one. Experimenting with drugs to mediate the effects of withdrawal symptoms can create a lethal toxicity inside the body of an addict when combined with other drugs that happen to be in the system at the same time. Only trained addiction specialists have the knowledge and skills to know what types of drug interactions are safe and how much any drug can be safely tapered from an addict at a given time. Admitting you have a chemical dependency is the first step. Reach out to professionals that can help you navigate through entangled co-occurring disorders and get you to the other side of addiction; namely recovery. At Burning Tree, our addiction specialists utilize a dual diagnosis approach to treating chemical dependency behavior and mental disorders.