Vicodin (Hydrocodone) Detox: First Step to Recovery

The Importance of A Medical Detox for Vicodin

Breaking Vicodin (or Hydrocodone) Detox addiction can be extremely difficult, even dangerous. That’s why choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patient’s safety and the successful start of a rehab and recovery program. It should not be attempted at home! Our in-patient program includes:

    • Thorough physical, psychological and social assessments
    • A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
    • Monitoring 24/7 with cardiac telemetry and video technology by nurses and technicians.
    • Attention to the patient’s overall comfort with upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wifi and personal massage.

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“I was hopelessly dependent on opiates for day to day living and would have never believed I would become comfortably sober ever again. I simply did not believe it, even as I was reassured by staff that it would happen, until they made it happen. I’ll never forget the people that I met here and the treatment that I received…” – Read reviews: what our patients say about their fear of withdrawal, how comfortable they felt with our medical detox, and how it changed their lives.

What Is Vicodin?

Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. It is a highly-addictive and dangerous narcotic medication and should be used only as prescribed by a doctor. It is also known as Lorcet, Norco, Xodol or Anexsia. In most cases, the drug is abused orally in conjunction with alcohol. Vicodin falls into the opiate category, and opiates are know to cause both mental and physical addiction. When patients build up tolerance to the medication, they use increased amounts to experience the same “high.” As a result, long-term use of Vicodin can turn into a dangerous habit. Therefore, Vicodin addiction should not be taken lightly. Overtime, it can become more severe and lead to serious medical, financial and legal problems. People who take the drug for recreational purposes are also at risk of becoming dependent.

The Dangers and Symptoms of Vicodin Abuse

If used for an extended period of time, the drug can cause increased tolerance and addiction, as well as serious health problems. Furthermore, addicts typically experience strong cravings for the medication and would do everything they can to obtain the drug. Even short-term users may need medical attention in order to get off Vicodin. Individuals addicted to Vicodin have been known to fake prescriptions, steal medications, or even feign injury in order to acquire the medication. Vicodin users may feel like they can’t function normally without the drug. The medication produces a sense of well-being that is similar to the effect created by endorphins. Symptoms of Vicodin abuse include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lethargy
  • Sense of relaxation
  • Euphoria

More complicated and unpleasant conditions may occur, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain and trouble urinating.

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal can be experienced within hours of stopping the use. They can last for several weeks, depending on the intensity of Vicodin abuse. It is important to note that the most severe symptoms occur during the first few days after discontinuing the medication.

  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Chills and sweats
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dehydration

If you or your loved one are suffering from Vicodin abuse and need help, please call us at 888-228-9114 to discuss whether our customized Vicodin Drug Detox Treatment is the best program for you. Be assured we value your privacy and all your information is kept strictly confidential. Contact Gallus Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers today and take the first step towards rehab and recovery.