Vicodin is a brand name of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone. Although hydrocodone is not as powerful as pure opiates like heroin and morphine, or more potent opioids like oxycodone or hydromorphone, it is nonetheless highly addictive and capable of producing a strong physical dependence. Once dependent, attempting a non-gradual detox can lead to severe and miserable withdrawal symptoms that make it extremely difficult to stop using the drug.
Physical dependence on Vicodin can result from legitimate use of the drug by pain patients under a doctor’s supervision, and is not necessarily indicative of drug abuse.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Vicodin
Withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin resemble the “junkie flu” associated with detoxing from heroin. The symptoms are uncomfortable, but are usually not life-threatening and are relatively short-term. Symptoms will usually begin within eight to twelve hours of the last dose taken, will peak around 48-72 hours, and then will begin to subside. However cravings for the drug, insomnia and anxiety may persist for weeks or even months after detox. Withdrawal symptoms of Vicodin include the following:
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints
- Alternating hot and cold, sweating, and shivering
- Cravings for the drug
Depression can be one of the most serious withdrawal symptoms since it may lead to thoughts of suicide. Persons with a history of depression, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempts should seek support and assistance for the detox process.
Coping with Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
Detoxing in professional rehab under medical supervision is by far the surest way to reduce the occurrence and severity of withdrawal symptoms. Professional treatment specialists have training and experience dealing with detox and withdrawal, and know how to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make you as comfortable as possible during the process.
Treatment for Vicodin Dependence and Addiction
If you are dependent on Vicodin it is imperative to your health and safety that you overcome your dependence on this dangerous drug. It is possible to detox from Vicodin on your own. However, detoxing in professional rehab under medical supervision can make you much more comfortable during the process and will increase your chances of beginning a successful recovery.
If you would like help finding treatment for Vicodin dependence or addiction, or if you have any questions about Vicodin, addiction, dependence or treatment, call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline today.