Vicodin is a prescription opioid painkiller derived from hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Even when taken as medically directed to treat severe pain, opioids such as Vicodin can be highly addictive.
Someone becoming dependent on or addicted to Vicodin, whether the result of recreational use or prescribed, will often experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking Vicodin. These withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and even dangerous when not properly monitored and treated.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Vicodin addiction or dependency in Anaheim, CA, or the surrounding Southern California area, a Vicodin detox program from Restorations Health Care is the safest and most effective way to properly deal with withdrawal symptoms and begin the recovery process.
What is Vicodin Detox?
Detox is the first step in the substance abuse and addiction treatment process. Detoxification is done in order to naturally rid the body of the harmful substances that are in it so the healing process can begin.
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During the detox process, you will experience Vicodin withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal can begin anywhere from 6 to 30 hours after the last dose was taken and can last up to 10 days on average.
Since withdrawal symptoms can begin quickly after you stop taking Vicodin, it is recommended that you enter into a medical detox program immediately. By detoxing under the care and supervision of medical professionals, your symptoms can be monitored and you can be administered medications to help alleviate some of the more extreme symptoms.
Medical detoxing can be done at a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center that also offers detox such as Restorations Health Care in Anaheim.
Attempting to stop taking Vicodin cold turkey can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms are the result of the body and brain becoming addicted to a substance and then no longer getting said substance. In the case of Vicodin, when the brain is craving Vicodin and can no longer get it, the brain will go into a shock-like state, producing withdrawal symptoms.
Mental and physical symptoms and side effects commonly associated with the Vicodin withdrawal process include:
- Mood swings
- Muscle aches and pain
- Runny nose
- Rapid heart rate
If you or a loved one is suffering from Vicodin dependence or addiction in and around Anaheim, or the greater Southern California area, contact us today to learn about our medical detox services.
Vicodin Detox Timeline
The amount of time spent in a Vicodin detox program can vary based on a variety of factors including:
- The amount of Vicodin you were taking
- The severity of your Vicodin abuse or addiction
- The existence of any pre-existing health conditions
- The length of time you were using Vicodin for
- If you were mixing Vicodin with any other substances
- The existence of any co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders
While the average stay in detox is 5 to 7 days, in some cases more time may be required.
Below is a basic Vicodin withdrawal timeline:
Day 1 (Admission)
Since withdrawal symptoms can begin quickly after you stop taking opioids and opiates, once you have made the decision to stop your Vicodin use, you will want to enter into a medical detox program right away.
Upon entering the detox program at Restorations Health Care, you will sit down with one of our treatment professionals for an evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, a detox treatment plan and timeline will be created for you based on your needs.
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During the first day of detox, you may notice that your symptoms are relatively mild. Typically during the first 24 hours or so, symptoms tend to be mostly psychological in nature, centering around your cravings for Vicodin.
As a result of not fulfilling these cravings, feelings of anxiety, depression, agitation, and irritability are common.
As the days progress you will begin to notice that your withdrawal symptoms get more severe before ultimately peaking.
During this time period is when medical monitoring and treatment are crucial. Over-the-counter and prescription medications may be administered to help alleviate and treat some of the more unpleasant symptoms as well as address 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 it has been deemed that you have successfully completed detox, you will be discharged. Once you have been discharged the next step will be to enter into a Vicodin addiction treatment program.
Your treatment professional will present you with treatment options such as inpatient and outpatient treatment along with their recommendation.
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, allowing you to stay at one treatment facility from start to finish.
Contact us today if you or a loved one is in need of Vicodin detox and addiction treatment in Anaheim or throughout California.
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Medications for Vicodin Detox
To help manage the symptoms associated with Vicodin withdrawal and to make the overall detox process more comfortable, there are several FDA-approved medications that may be administered during medical detox.
Prescription drugs commonly administered during Vicodin detox include:
These medications are typically given during the “peak” period of withdrawals to help with the more severe symptoms. 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 a Medication-Assisted Treatment program.
Detox from Vicodin at Our Anaheim Detox
Attempting to self-detox or quit taking Vicodin cold turkey can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
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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