Hydrocodone Withdrawal & Detox

Hydrocodone is an opioid that’s meant to be a prescription painkiller, however, it has a high potential for abuse, addiction, and dependence. Colorado is a state that’s seen the effects of the opioid epidemic first-hand, unfortunately, and that includes hydrocodone.

As with other opioids, since you can become physically dependent on hydrocodone, this means that if you suddenly stop using it, you can also go through withdrawal. Hydrocodone withdrawal is essentially your body going into shock because it’s used to the presence of the drug, and without it, your body has to readjust to a sense of drug-free normalcy.

Hydrocodone withdrawal can include uncomfortable and sometimes serious symptoms, and it also tends to be one of the primary obstacles to getting sober for many people.

In many cases, hydrocodone is combined with other medicines like acetaminophen, and that poses other risks to the user that make it even more important to get professional help if you’re abusing it.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are similar to withdrawal from other opioids including oxycodone as well as heroin. Some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal from hydrocodone are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Shakiness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Achiness
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast heart rate

The severity and duration of the withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone depend on the individual and factors like their metabolism, the length and amount of time they abused hydrocodone, and whether or not polydrug use is present, meaning they abuse multiple drugs.

The following is a general hydrocodone withdrawal timeline:

  • During day one, with the withdrawal of hydrocodone symptoms usually start around 12 hours after the last dose of the drug. At this point, a person will start to experience relatively mild symptoms. The earliest hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms usually include achiness and general muscle pain.
  • During day two a person will experience continuing aches and pains, but symptoms can get more severe and uncomfortable. Symptoms can also include diarrhea, appetite loss, sleep problems and insomnia. There are also psychological symptoms that can occur such as anxiety or panic attacks. Many people seem like they have a cold during this time, with a runny nose or teary eyes.
  • By days three to five the most uncomfortable symptoms have subsided, although they may still linger or come and go a bit. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea will start to lessen, and a person may regain a normal appetite.

After the first week, most people start to feel like they’re returning to normal, but they may still have psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety. Once a person has gone through the hydrocodone withdrawal timeline it’s important for them to begin intensive therapy that addresses not only their drug use, by also mental issues they’re facing.

This need for therapy and psychological treatment is one of the reasons it’s important to detox from hydrocodone in an accredited center such as The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, in Colorado. While you can overcome the physical symptoms of hydrocodone withdrawal in a few days, it’s the psychological side effects that can be the most difficult to deal with.

It can take several weeks or even longer for a person’s mood to stabilize following hydrocodone withdrawal, and they may also have persistent cravings for quite some time.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal & Hydrocodone Detox

Hydrocodone Detox in Colorado

So how can you detox from hydrocodone safely?

It’s important to choose a treatment facility that’s experienced in helping people detox off hydrocodone.

A medically-supervised detox program can be extremely helpful because your vitals and overall well-being can constantly be monitored to avoid complications. Also during detox from hydrocodone people tend to lose a lot of fluids because of symptoms like nausea and diarrhea. At a medically-supervised detox, the team can help ensure nutrients and vital electrolytes and fluids are maintained.

Other risks of hydrocodone withdrawal are self-harm because of the psychological symptoms, and relapse.

Again, these are both issues that can be carefully addressed in a medical detox.

Some medicines may be administered when hydrocodone detox symptoms appear, such as buprenorphine, which can make the body feel like it’s still receiving the hydrocodone. Naltrexone is another drug that is often used during opioid withdrawal because it blocks the effects of opioids and can shorten the total detox time required.

Once you have successfully completed detox from hydrocodone, you can then move immediately into treatment if you’re at a facility like The Recovery Village.

For people in Colorado struggling with an opioid addiction to a drug like hydrocodone, it is possible to go through withdrawal from hydrocodone successfully and also recover to live a drug-free life. The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is available for patients from Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver and statewide, as well as nationwide patients who want to eliminate the use of opioids from their lives.

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