Vicodin is an opiate painkiller commonly prescribed for acute pain after a surgery or a physical injury. Unfortunately, because it is so often and easily prescribed, a number of those who view the prescription as temporary find themselves physically addicted to the drug by the time the pain is no longer an issue. It’s calming effects and the slight euphoric high that some new users feel make it an even more desirable drug to abuse. Unfortunately, this high is fleeting and the process of taking more and more of the drug in order to achieve it again can end with Vicodin addiction.
What to Expect
Vicodin detox is actually a process that begins almost as soon as you stop taking the drug. Within a few hours of your last missed dose, you will begin to experience the physical effects of withdrawal.
Vicodin withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Bone and muscle pain
- Irritability and depression
- Insomnia despite extreme fatigue
- Stomach cramping and diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Twitchiness and the inability to remain still
These symptoms will gain in intensity over the first three days to a week and will plateau before slowly beginning to dissipate. Some people say that their withdrawal symptoms lasted a month or more. Most who attempt to undergo an opiate detox alone do not make it through the experience without returning to Vicodin in order to assuage the pain.
What Not to Do
Dropping from a high dose to none at all can cause serious physical problems. Even if you don’t have any medical complications, the physical withdrawal symptoms alone are often enough to push people to return to their addictive behavior in a desperate attempt just to feel better. It is a far better investment of time and energy to check yourself into a Vicodin detox facility like Michael’s House and make sure that you do it right the first time around.
What to Do
First, call Michael’s House Treatment Center. We have staff standing by who can help you determine when the best time is for you to come in. If you have any questions at all about our detox or the nature of our Vicodin rehab that will immediately follow, there are psychologists, counselors and residential staff available to answer, all of who are specialists in substance abuse and addiction treatment.
Detox at Michael’s House
We don’t stop with helping you break your physical addiction to Vicodin. Our detox is part and parcel to an holistic Vicodin rehab that will treat all levels of addiction. Contact us today at Michael’s House for more information about our Vicodin detox.