Vicodin detox is a vital step in treating dependence on the highly addictive drug. Because it is a central nervous system depressant, Vicodin will naturally decrease one’s heart rate and respiration, and withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening if you’re dependent on large doses of the drug. Physicians will often prescribe Vicodin, which is a combination of two pain relievers; acetaminophen and hydrocodone, or synthetic codeine. It’s generally prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain, and individuals taking Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation with decreasing physical pain. Unfortunately it’s impossible not to develop a tolerance, and patients will require more of the drug to achieve the same results. It’s reported many who abuse Vicodin can consume anywhere from 20 to 30 pills each day. If taken for a prolonged period of time, Vicodin can cause medical issues, including liver damage or liver failure, jaundice and urinary system issues.
How to detox from Vicodin
At New Start’s Vicodin detox our clients receive 24/7 care during which professionals closely monitor the side effects of withdrawal symptoms. Depending on how much of the drug and for how long it has been taken, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to very severe. Many patients, who used the medication only therapeutically as prescribed, do not even realize they are experiencing withdrawals when tapering off the substance. Common withdrawal symptoms can include:
It’s important to pair detox with treatment emphasizing in the underlying causes of addiction to prevent possible relapse. Lessening intake of the drug will reduce tolerance; overdose can occur with much smaller doses than previously taken or when taking the drug with another type of central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol, another opiate or a barbiturate. New Start’s Detox facilities specialize in both physical and psychological areas of addiction treatment, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and thorough treatment.
What to expect with Vicodin detox at New Start
When you’re deciding how to detox from Vicodin, it’s important to consider all areas of treatment and care which will be most effective for recovery. The process at New Start Recovery begins with an initial health assessment involving physical examination, including a visual screening of the patient, to establish a comprehensive evaluation of each client. Our clinical staff members have experience working with individuals detoxing from Vicodin, and it’s important to generate a basic knowledge of medical history, history of abuse as well as personal well-being, psychological and emotional condition. Variables such as age, number of years using, amount used per week, family history and any underlying mental disorders are taken into consideration to develop an effective treatment plan. Our team works with clients to draw up a treatment plan incorporating daily individual and group therapy sessions. All aspects of treatment are outlined clearly so our clinical staff, patients and their family or support system are on the same page. Throughout detox, we work with clients to outline a long-term treatment plan, in preparation to transition successfully to the next phase of recovery. New Start is committed to offering a comfortable and safe environment with which to establish a firm ground in achieving recovery from Vicodin dependence.[cta_bottom]