According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), hydrocodone is the most commonly abused prescription opioid in the United States. Widely known by its brand name of Vicodin, hydrocodone can be highly addictive, even when taken only as medically directed.
When someone becomes dependent on or addicted to hydrocodone, they may experience withdrawal symptoms when the hydrocodone leaves their system. These withdrawal symptoms are not only unpleasant but they can also be dangerous when not properly monitored and treated.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from hydrocodone addiction or dependency in Anaheim, CA, or the surrounding Southern California area, hydrocodone detox at Restorations Health Care is the safest and most effective way to properly deal with withdrawal symptoms and begin the recovery process.
What is Hydrocodone Detox?
Detox is the first step in the overall addiction treatment and recovery process. Detoxing is done to rid the body of any and all harmful substances that are in it (in this case hydrocodone) so that the body and brain can begin to heal.
During the detox process, you will experience hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 30 hours after your last dose of hydrocodone was taken and can last up to two weeks.
Due to the nature of detoxing and the extent of the withdrawal symptoms associated with the detox process, detoxing should always be done under proper medical care and supervision. It is recommended that you undergo detox at either a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center that also offers detox such as Restorations Health Care in Anaheim.
Choosing to self-detox can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It can also increase the risk of a relapse.
Symptoms of Hydrocodone Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms are the result are the body and brain becoming dependent on or addicted to a substance and then no longer getting said substance. When the brain is craving hydrocodone and can no longer get it, the brain will go into a shock-like state which produces withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms and side effects commonly associated with hydrocodone withdrawal include:
- Intense cravings
- Mood swings
- Changes in appetite
- Muscle aches
- Dilated pupils
- Flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, and runny nose
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Suicidal thoughts
If you or a loved one is suffering from hydrocodone dependence or addiction in and around Anaheim, Los Angeles, and the greater Southern California area, contact us today to learn about our medical detox services.
Hydrocodone Detox Timeline
The length of time you spend in a detox program can vary based on a variety of factors such as:
- Overall health
- Any co-occurring disorders
- The severity of the substance abuse or addiction
- The length of time you were using hydrocodone
- If you were mixing hydrocodone with other substances
- Dosage amount
The average length of time for a detox program is five to seven days. In some cases, the hydrocodone detox process can take up to two weeks to complete.
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Below is a basic hydrocodone withdrawal timeline.
Day 1 (Admission)
Since opioid withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 30 hours after the last dose was taken, it is crucial to enter into a medically supervised detox program right away once you have decided to stop taking hydrocodone.
Once you have settled on a detox facility in the Southern California area, you will sit down with a treatment professional who will evaluate you and create a detoxification treatment plan based on your needs.
During the first day of detox, your symptoms will be relatively mild. Most of the early symptoms will center around your cravings for hydrocodone. These unfulfilled drug cravings can result in feelings of irritability, anxiety, and depression.
Over the next few days, withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction typically begin to peak. When these withdrawal symptoms peak, they are at their most extreme and often require medical monitoring and treatment.
During this period you will likely be given over-the-counter, prescription medications, or both to help alleviate and treat some of the more unpleasant severe withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings.
Days 5-7 (Discharge)
Once your symptoms have peaked, they will begin to subside before going away completely. While rare, in some cases psychological and physical symptoms can linger for weeks or months after detox has been completed. Symptoms that continue to linger well after detox has been completed are a common sign of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).
After you have successfully completed detox, you will be discharged. If you chose to detox at a hospital or dedicated detox center, you will need to find a rehab center to start your inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, or partial hospitalization treatment program in the Southern California area.
At Restorations Health Care in Anaheim, California, we want to make the entire treatment process as easy and as comfortable for you as possible. That’s why we offer detox in addition to a variety of treatment options including inpatient and outpatient rehab.
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Contact us today if you or a loved one is looking to stop taking opioids, including hydrocodone, and needs substance abuse treatment in Anaheim or throughout California.
Medications for Hydrocodone Detox
To help with the hydrocodone detox and withdrawal process, and the symptoms associated with it, there are several FDA-approved medications that can be administered during medical detox treatment.
Medications commonly given to patients during fentanyl detox include:
These medications are typically administered by medical professionals during the “peak” period of withdrawals to help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with detox and to make the process more comfortable.
Based on your needs and the recommendation of medical and treatment professionals, you may continue to be administered these medications during the treatment process as well as part of Medication-Assisted Treatment.
Detox from Hydrocodone at Our Anaheim Detox
Attempting to self-detox or quit “cold turkey” can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. It can also greatly increase the chances of a relapse.
At Restorations Healthcare in Anaheim, CA we provide a safe environment for you to undergo detox surrounded by trained medical and treatment professionals, all of whom are there to help make the detox process as comfortable as possible.
If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for substance use disorder in Anaheim or the greater Southern California area, you can call us at 877-578-0708, fill out a contact form on our website, or speak to one of our live chat representatives.
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