Dihydrocodeine Detox

Published: 12/5/2017 | Author:

Dihydrocodeine is a drug similar in structure to codeine but actually much stronger. It is a synthetic substance that is sometimes used to treat pain, shortness of breath, or cough. While this medication can be taken safely when prescribed by a doctor, if a person takes it regularly for a long period of time, dependency can set in and potentially create a withdrawal syndrome if the individual suddenly stops taking the drug. The same issue can occur in an abuse situation, as many people misuse dihydrocodeine and other drugs like it to get high. If you or someone you love has become dependent on dihydrocodeine and needs help, call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?) now. We can assist you in finding safe, effective dihydrocodeine detox programs where you can put an end to your dihydrocodeine dependence.

Understanding Dihydrocodeine Detox

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Dihydrocodeine, according to a study published in the medical journal of the British Pharmacological Society, is a semisynthetic opioid that is frequently used to treat pain and cough and sometimes even utilized as a medication maintenance option for opioid addicts. Dihydrocodeine is more frequently prescribed in Europe than in the U.S., but some Americans still are treated with this medication.

Dihydrocodeine is a type of opioid similar to codeine but with an effect two times as strong. As a result, dihydrocodeine can cause a dependency in those who take it frequently and in large doses, just like other opioids. It can cause a more intense dependency more quickly in some because of its intense effects. This should not discourage those who are taking it medically, as doctors can help ease you through withdrawal. However, anyone who becomes dependent on the drug will require dihydrocodeine detox.

Dihydrocodeine Withdrawal Symptoms

Dihydrocodeine withdrawal is very similar to the other types of opioid withdrawal, so people can expect to experience the same general withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include

  • Muscle, bone, and joint pain
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased tearing of the eyes
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dilated pupils
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

According to the National Library of Medicine, some individuals who go through opioid withdrawal do not even realize this is what they are experiencing. Because the syndrome feels so similar to the flu, many think it is and are confused when it cannot be treated as such. It is important to realize that, if you have been taking dihydrocodeine regularly for a long period of time (usually more than a few weeks), you will require treatment for dependence.

Cause of Dihydrocodeine Withdrawal

Dihydrocodeine withdrawal occurs when a person takes this drug regularly for a certain amount of time. The timeline is different for every patient, but the results things always occur. The drug starts to make changes to the way the brain works, causing it to rely on the drug to minimize pain and to perform other tasks. When the drug is suddenly no longer available, the body has to recover, which is why withdrawal symptoms occur.

A person might need dihydrocodeine detox treatment for a number of reasons.

  • An individual starts taking dihydrocodeine under a doctor’s prescription and becomes dependent. In this case, a slow tapering might be possible, unless the patient is extremely dependent, which might require a need to seek out local dihydrocodeine detox centers.
  • An individual starts taking dihydrocodeine under a doctor’s prescription but begins abusing it. This will require dihydrocodeine detox and addiction treatment.
  • An individual begins taking someone else’s dihydrocodeine prescription and/or purchases the drug illegally. This will require dihydrocodeine detox and addiction treatment.
  • A baby is born of a pregnant individual who was dependent on dihydrocodeine. This will require hospitalization.

Dihydrocodeine detox does require safe, effective treatment, no matter what the reason for it. As such, it is important that you find the care you need for this substance use disorder. Call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?) now to learn more about dihydrocodeine detox centers and the care you can find in these facilities.

How Long Will Dihydrocodeine Detox Take?

According to a study published in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, opioid detox normally takes a week, give or take a few days. Remember, everyone’s withdrawal syndrome is different, and based on the treatment options you receive and the severity of your dependence, your experience may take more or less time.

The general timeline for opioid detox, including dihydrocodeine detox, is included below.

Step One

Step One usually takes about 2 to 3 days to complete. Most individuals feel the more severe effects of their dihydrocodeine withdrawal syndrome during this time, including pain and flu-like symptoms.

Step Two

Step Two will sometimes last for 3 to 4 days, and most individuals experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea during this time.

Step Three

Step Three can last as few as 1 day and as many as 3 or 4. Often, people who go through the tougher symptoms at the beginning will experience more mild symptoms at the end of withdrawal. However, this does not mean withdrawal has ended, and the individual will need time to go through the entire process safely.

In a professional dihydrocodeine detox center, the withdrawal syndrome will usually take a week or two to go through. Many detox programs offer 30 days of treatment while some only require patients to stay in treatment for as long as they experience symptoms. However, if you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to this drug, rehab treatment will be a necessary follow-up to your dihydrocodeine detox program.

Are There Dangers?

There are certain dangers associated with dihydrocodeine detox. Just like with any medical procedure, something could potentially go wrong. This is why it is so much safer and more beneficial for recovering individuals to undergo detox in a treatment center, rather than to attempt to go through it at home.

If you do decide to go through opioid detox at home, there are plenty of potentially dangerous outcomes that you could experience, such as

Dehydration caused by the diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of fluids in the body

Many people become dangerously dehydrated while trying to go through opioid detox at home. This is why it is a safer choice for you or your loved one to be treated in a dihydrocodeine detox center.

Anxiety or depression caused by withdrawal from the drug

Some people become seriously depressed or anxious as a result of their withdrawal, to the point of clinical severity. Some individuals even attempt to commit suicide, but the most likely potential outcome is relapse. According to the NIDA, drug addiction relapse rates are between 40 and 60%.

If you live alone, it will not be safe for you to attempt to go through dihydrocodeine withdrawal alone. Even if you do have family or friends living or staying with you, certain side effects can occur that would require immediate medical attention. As such, it is safer and more effective to merely seek opioid detox treatment.

We can help you find safe, effective detox centers near you. Call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?) to discuss your options for local dihydrocodeine detox centers.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Withdrawal?

Doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, and other highly trained individuals all work at opioid detox centers where you can get help withdrawing from dihydrocodeine. There are a number of treatment options available at these detox centers, including many options that will help you transition easily into a rehab center afterwards.

Intake and assessment

Intake and assessment is an important part of opioid detox treatment. Patients are taken into their treatment program and assessed for the severity of their dependence on opioids. According to the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, an assessment called the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (or COWS) is often used to determine what options the individual will need during detox.


Pharmacological treatments have become an essential part of detox in most programs, although some do prefer not to use them. These treatments can minimize withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and help stabilize the patient so they can focus on the next step of recovery. For dihydrocodeine detox, the medications available include

  • Clonidine, a sedative and antihypertensive
  • Methadone, an opioid agonist
  • Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist-antagonist

Behavioral therapy

Often a large part of addiction rehab, behavioral therapies can be utilized at the beginning of one’s recovery in order to make the transition easier. They can also be especially helpful to those with co-occurring mental disorders and/or severe anxiety or depression during withdrawal. A different combination of therapies may be available for each individual patient based on the dihydrocodeine detox program and patient’s needs.

Holistic therapies

These programs are not available at every detox center, but they can be immensely helpful to those who do not respond as well to evidence-based therapies. They can also add another layer to the process of detox and recovery. Some of the beneficial options for holistic dihydrocodeine detox treatment include

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Pet therapy
  • Exercise therapy

Every individual patient should receive a treatment regimen that best suits their needs, as treatment does not come in one-size-fits-all packages. Even someone else going through dihydrocodeine detox specifically may experience a completely different treatment program from your own.

Let us help you find the best detox center for your needs today by calling 800-483-2193(Who Answers?).

Inpatient or Outpatient Dihydrocodeine Detox

Inpatient centers and outpatient centers are the main types of dihydrocodeine detox programs. Choosing the one that is best for you will take time and consideration, as well as a firm knowledge of which type of detox center will offer you the best care for your needs.

Inpatient detox centers provide…

  • Short-term and long-term treatment
  • 24-hour care
  • A controlled environment
  • Medical detox
  • Holistic detox
  • A hospital-based setting, although some programs (called residential detox centers) do not provide hospitalized care
  • A friendly, helpful staff that is available day and night

Outpatient detox centers provide….

  • Short-term and long-term treatment
  • Daily care
  • An environment that is controlled to a point, especially when patients take their medications
  • Medical detox
  • A caring staff
  • Freedom for patients to come and go as they please from care

The main difference between these two programs is that one (inpatient care) is 24 hours while the other (outpatient care) is not. Depending on your needs, one may seem more beneficial to your overall recovery, but most people going through dihydrocodeine need inpatient detox.

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Benefits of Inpatient Dihydrocodeine Detox

An inpatient dihydrocodeine detox center can offer you a number of amenities and programs most outpatient centers cannot, such as

  • Meals
  • Comfortable, hotel-like accommodations
  • Spas, exercise rooms, and other amenities
  • One-on-one work with clinicians who will see you every day
  • A controlled environment where you cannot relapse

The last of these benefits is especially important to a safe detox, specifically if you are afraid you might potentially relapse back to dihydrocodeine abuse. As stated above, the withdrawal syndrome associated with opioids is not always life threatening, but it can be so painful and upsetting that it can cause many people relapse. Relapse is often deadly during withdrawal, as it occurs when the body’s tolerance for the drug is diminished.

Other individuals who would greatly benefit from inpatient care include

People with co-occurring disorders mental disorders

It is often much safer for those with severe mental disorders to be in an inpatient setting during detox and rehab treatment. Otherwise, the symptoms associated with these conditions could lead to a severe relapse.

People who do not have a strong social support system of friends and family members

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, having a sense of community is one of the four major dimensions that support a life in recovery. Those who do not have this dimension often falter in their recoveries, especially early on. Someone who doesn’t have friends and family to protect them during detox might also relapse, which is why a person in this situation should absolutely seek inpatient care.

People who do not have a safe home environment

People who have opioids around them at home are less likely to stay sober during and after detox. Those who are not in a safe home environment are also less likely to go through detox safely. Those suffering from these issues should absolutely seek out inpatient dihydrocodeine detox programs.

We want to help you find the safest detox program for your needs, and in many cases, this is inpatient care. Call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?) to learn more.

Find a Local Dihydrocodeine Detox Center

Finding local dihydrocodeine detox centers that will allow you to go through detox safely and thrive in your recovery doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you have help. Remember, your treatment program should cater to your needs so ask yourself

  1. What kind of care will I require?
  2. Will my detox facility need to provide me with any special accommodations?
  3. Will I benefit from a special type of detox center, such as medical, inpatient, spiritual, holistic, or medication-free?

Once you have answered these questions, it is time to gather your information. Make sure you have access to your insurance plan and provider information, your medical information (including anything about your current or past drug use or abuse), and any other pertinent information. Then, call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?).

Our treatment advisor will be able to match you with a dihydrocodeine detox program that will take your needs into account and provide you with the best care possible. In addition, they will be able to help you find programs that will accept your insurance or help you determine if there is a payment assistance program that may help you better afford treatment.

We want to make sure you are able to put an end to your dihydrocodeine dependence as safely as possible, which means going to a professional dihydrocodeine withdrawal program and detoxing under professional supervision. You can learn more about your options when you call us at 800-483-2193(Who Answers?). Don’t wait; your recovery begins today.


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