Finding Help for Vicodin Detox

Published: 07/31/2014 | Author:

Vicodin is a narcotic pain medication that contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opioid derived from codeine. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States and is associated with more drug abuse and diversion than any other licit or illicit opioid.” The hydrocodone in Vicodin causes similar effects to codeine, morphine, heroin, and oxycodone. Pure hydrocodone is categorized as a Schedule II drug but hydrocodone compounds such as Vicodin and those containing less than 15 mg per dose of hydrocodone, are Schedule III drugs. When someone becomes dependent or addicted to this drug, they will need Vicodin detox treatment to begin their recovery.

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Vicodin Withdrawals

Vicodin, like other opioids, works to alter the perception of painful stimuli within the central nervous system and affects the mind by inducing euphoria and sedation. Within a few days, Vicodin can cause a physical dependency where the person will experience symptoms of withdrawal when they stop using the drug.

What to Expect

Vicodin Detox

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The person might expect to suffer headache, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, agitation, and insomnia, much like having the flu. These symptoms can last a few days up to a week but the longer the person uses Vicodin, the more they use, and depending on many other factors, the symptoms can be worse. Symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea, respiratory distress, jaundice, anxiety, depression, confusion, or erratic behaviors should be treated by medical professionals who can prevent further complications during the withdrawal process.

Vicodin Detox

In higher levels of opioid dependency, physical and psychological management of Vicodin withdrawals can become complex. Vicodin detox can be painful, unpleasant, and in some cases dangerous. Finding help for Vicodin detox is necessary if cravings and withdrawal symptoms are intensified or if they persist. Serious complications such as aspiration, cardiac arrest, seizures, or psychosis require immediate medical attention. Vicodin detox in a qualified treatment facility will monitor the person 24 hours a day to ensure their safety during this process and provide the comforting help the individual needs to get through it. If necessary, medications can be provided to alleviate the symptoms and reduce cravings. Most people need, at the minimum, extra hydration, nutrients, and vitamins to get through a Vicodin detox.

Finding Help for Vicodin Detox

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  1. Drug Enforcement Administration. (2018). Controlled Substance Schedules.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Contact Us. 
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