What is Hydrocodone?
Unlike natural opiates such as morphine and codeine, hydrocodone is partially synthetic. It is typically prescribed in response to surgery, or to those suffering from severe pain. Brand name hydrocodone medications such as Vicodin are usually given in response to extensive dental work. Normally, because it is so highly addictive, it is only given in small doses and only while under the supervision of a doctor. This medication is so potent that the body can begin to form dependency in as little as five days. Even if doses of hydrocodone are administered or taken according to instruction, patients can still quickly develop a tolerance and experience withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing.
Like other opioids, hydrocodone disrupts pain signals in the brain. Normally, it is very safe for short term use, but because it can create a feeling of euphoria, many individuals abuse it for extended periods, causing a dependence.
Because of it’s very addictive properties, as with other synthetic opioids, addiction to hydrocodone can happen after just a few days. If you use hydrocodone for an extended period of time, the body will begin to develop a tolerance, creating a need for higher doses they would with street narcotics. It is not easy to spot a victim of overuse, but there are some signs to look for. Here are some of the most common side effects of hydrocodone use:
Side Effects of Hydrocodone May Include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Heart Irregularities
- Blurry Vision
- Shopping for Doctors or Pain Clinics
If you have begun to experience any of this or know a friend or family member who is frequently searching for new doctors, it may be time to get help. Opiate addiction is a very painful and real disease that affects too many Americans. Withdrawal from opiates can be dangerous or even fatal without medical assistance. If you or someone you love is struggling with any form of opiate addiction, it is important to contact a professional medical detox facility, such as Sound Recovery. It is not safe to withdraw without medical supervision and the chances of relapse to alleviate the pain is very high.
Extended use of hydrocodone can have a terrible impact on the body such as kidney and liver disease. Abuse can even lead to mental and social complications. For your own safety, it is critical to end the cycle as soon as possible. Unfortunately, withdrawal from any opioid is exceptionally painful and hydrocodone is no exception. Typically, withdrawal can last five to ten days. Multiple factors, such as your age, overall health profile and your history of drug use can impact the length and intensity of withdrawal. The symptoms lead to severe discomfort and pain. Because of this many people who do not have medically assisted treatment and supervision while detoxing end up relapsing. It is highly recommended that you seek assistance if you need to detox from ANY opiate.
- Hot and Cold Flashes
- Vomiting, Stomach Pains and Diarrhea
- Mood Swings
- Severe Depression
- Aches and Pains
- Flu Symptoms
To ease the pains of withdrawal, medical detox is highly recommended from a professional and safe environment such as with the loving men and women here at Sound Recovery.
When detoxing from highly potent opioids, such as hydrocodone, relief during the five to ten days of these withdrawal symptoms can be provided through various medications including:
- Buprenorphine (Subutex or “subs”)
- Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone or “subs”)
These detox medications aim to ease the physical and emotional pain while helping the guest rest. Without the aid of these medications, the detoxing period is not only difficult physically, but extremely emotionally taxing. Warm baths, mild exercise, healthy eating, and the loving support of recovery-sensitive nurses and counselors help ease a person through hydrocodone withdrawal. Your counselor is especially critical to your recovery as they will help you to transition into the most vital part of hydrocodone rehab: recovery-sensitive therapy. You will find that entering into these programs as soon as you are able to will greatly reduce your overall stress and mental pains.
Hydrocodone detox medicine such as buprenorphine should only be taken under medical supervision, and only as directed. These medications are potent and could cause dependence or addiction of their own. Long-term recovery for hydrocodone users is often made difficult by malnutrition and the delusion that: “I don’t need all that therapy. Just detox me and I’ll take it from here.” At Sound Recovery, we believe any substance abuse or addiction requires comprehensive treatment to beat. We provide intensive therapies during our medical detox services, as well as throughout our entire range of addiction rehabilitation services.
What Happens After Detox?
After completing medical detox at Sound Recovery, our guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to drug and alcohol addiction recovery designed to support physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We offer a variety of detox options for treating drug addiction beyond just opiates like hydrocodone. Our program helps to promote a lasting, healthy lifestyle through sobriety and beyond. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions. We use other holistic methods, such as art, music and animal therapy to help our guests to learn to express themselves and communicate. Our treatment also features state-of-the-art activity, movement, and adventure therapies to create one program that treats mind, body, and spirit. At Sound Recovery, we believe that emotional healing is just as important as physical healing.
Guests may begin their journey to sobriety in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP, and sober living at our graduate housing residences. At Sound Recovery, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care. This is not just our goal, but our mission.
If you or a loved one has a dependency or addiction to hydrocodone, or has any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Sound Recovery admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. We can be reached at (877)-RECOVERY or 877-732-6837. Because We Care.