Vicodin Detox Methods

Published: 08/12/2014 | Author:

Vicodin is a medication that is commonly prescribed to dental patients as well as medical patients for the treatment of moderate pain. This medication has very strong pain relieving qualities but it can also cause euphoria and heightened sense of comfort when it is taken for recreational purposes. Vicodin can may be habit forming and can cause physical dependence if it is taken repeatedly. When dependence occurs, there becomes a need for treatment, including Vicodin detox methods which will help to eliminate withdrawal symptoms and prepare the patient for further counseling.

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Approximately one in ten adults in the United States reports having abused an opiate such as Vicodin for non-medical purposes in the past twelve months, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Many report regular abuse of this dangerous class of drugs and find that they become physically dependent on a medication. Fortunately, Vicodin detox will help to break the cycle of addiction, restore balance into the user’s life and free him from the perils of addiction.

The most common Vicodin detox methods include:

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Vicodin Detox Methods

One detox method is to use medication therapy.

The effects of Vicodin withdrawal are often too much for the average person to cope with on his or her own. There can be pain, discomfort, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and a sense of sadness and defeat as the user attempts to refrain from taking a drug that he or she is already physically dependent on. Vicodin detox will help to reduce these symptoms and promote a healthier withdrawal through medical intervention, supportive care and therapy.

What is Vicodin Withdrawal?

When Vicodin is no longer taken, the user will experience an array of symptoms that are known as withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms may not be life-threatening, but they can make the user wish that he was dead. Symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches

All of these symptoms can be treated using various methods of detox including:

  • Buprenorphine to reduce cravings
  • Methadone to reduce cravings and symptoms of withdrawal
  • Naltrexone to reduce the effects that an opiate will have on the user
  • Anxiety medications to help ease the psychological impact
  • Clonidine to help reduce the amount of time that it takes to withdraw
  • Various other medications as needed to help with stomach upset, depression and other elements of the withdrawal process

If you or someone you know is suffering from Vicodin addiction, detox is the first step in the right direction to help you get on track. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Call 800-483-2193(Who Answers?) today!


  1. University of Maryland Medical Center. (2016). Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Recovery and Recovery Support.
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