Hydrocodone withdrawal: an increasingly urgent concern
Known technically by the name dihydrocodeinone, hydrocodone is a semisynthetic opioid that is processed from the opium poppy. It is widely used in many commonly used drugs, including Vicodin and cough medications. Ready accessibility makes hydrocodone a particularly high risk, especially among teens; more than 15% report abuse. Extreme addictive capability and troublesome withdrawal make wide use of the drug particularly unfortunate. Hydrocodone withdrawal, however, can be medically managed in ways that offer both safety and patient comfort.
If you would like to find out how hydrocodone withdrawal treatment, how it’s is done, and understand the process behind such safe management, you only need to call WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470 to speak to an expert.
Why do these withdrawal symptoms appear?
Hydrocodone mimics chemicals the brain naturally produces, and that regions such as the brain’s pleasure center respond to. Euphoria and lowered stress both appear with the use of the drug.
Physical addiction occurs when the brain attempts to protect itself from chemical interference to hydrocodone, by shutting down response to it. When the user attempts to overcome this response by piling on doses that far exceed the brain’s capacity to resist, however, the brain is left with little choice but to adapt.
Since hydrocodone mimics essential brain chemicals but is too strong for the brain to resist, the brain merely allows the drug to take over key functions. It comes to rely on it as a native chemical, putting its own production of these chemicals into dormancy.
When a hydrocodone user tries to get back to his old life by getting off the drug, the brain neither has its own chemicals to control essential functions with nor does it have hydrocodone. This sets off withdrawal symptoms, symptoms that initially need to get worse before they get better, as the brain tries to address the situation by re-establishing chemical balance.
What do withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone like?
The worst part of the symptoms of withdrawal from hydrocodone appears in the initial 48 hours after quitting. They gradually taper off over a period of weeks. The length of time for which symptoms are felt and the intensity with which those symptoms appear to depend on the depth of the addiction. An addiction that has lasted long and that has involved the use of large quantities of the drug naturally come with lengthier withdrawal. Lighter addictions tend to result in shorter, less painful withdrawals.
It’s important to understand that quitting cold turkey should never be an option. Insomnia, body ache, anxiety, nausea, elevated body temperature, tremors and gastric disturbances of withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone tend to be far stronger with this method. Choosing gradual, professionally overseen attenuation is a far better idea. At WhiteSands Treatment, for instance, addicts are gradually taken off the drug while they receive medications for both cravings and painful symptoms. Support and psychological help from therapists help the patient keep their eye on the ball and not quit the program.
Making sure that treatment is thorough
At WhiteSands Treatment, the top priority of attending experts is to ensure the treatment is never left incomplete, which is not a program feature that can be taken for granted. A detox program that lasts no more than 30 days may draw greater patient interest, but is likely to result in relapse. Thorough treatment requires even greater care. Treatment for detox is always followed up with intensive therapy, and psychiatric treatment.
Finding quality treatment isn’t easy with addiction. It’s important to pay attention to evidence-based treatment. If you’d like to know more about such treatment, you only need to call WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.