Have you become addicted to hydrocodone? If you’ve tried to quit on your own and failed, that’s not surprising. It’s not because you’re weak. It’s not because you didn’t try hard enough. It’s mainly due to two reasons:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Changes in your body and brain caused by continuous opioid use
These two factors will work against you every time. Professional Florida medical detox will ease you through the withdrawal process. Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms, although considerably milder than those of many other opioids, are still pretty bad:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps and pain
- Hot and cold flashes
- Drug cravings
Symptoms generally abate after five to seven days, but some of them can persist for up to several weeks. It doesn’t make any sense to suffer through hydrocodone withdrawal on your own. Professional medical detox will eliminate much of the discomfort.
What is Hydrocodone?
Developed in Germany in 1920 and sold under such brand names as Vicodin, Lortab and Norco, as well as under countless generic imprints, hydrocodone became immensely popular in the 1980’s. It’s a semi-synthetic version of codeine, although far more powerful. It’s commonly prescribed for moderate pain. It’s also an extremely effective antitussive, or cough suppressant. Popular hydrocodone cough preparations include the brand names Hycodan and Tussionex. Abuse of this drug became so rampant that a 2014 federal mandate moved it into Schedule II for all states. This move severely restricted the prescribing guidelines for the drug. It can’t be refilled. A new prescription is needed each time it’s filled. And it can’t be called in to a pharmacy. A written prescription is required.
Schedule II includes other such opioids as fentanyl, morphine and oxycodone.
You’re not alone. Many, many others have been addicted to hydrocodone just like you. Many attended Florida medical detox centers to get through the withdrawal process. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about it. Supervised detox is a medical procedure just like any other. Your chances of successfully removing this drug from your life is much higher if you have gone through medical detox and professional drug rehabilitation.
Continuous self-administration of hydrocodone, especially at higher doses, causes changes in your brain. For one thing, the brain actually grows extra opioid receptor sites. These sites aren’t supposed to be there. This probably contributes to the powerful drug cravings that occur during the withdrawal process.
Hydrocodone abuse also causes the brain to stop producing its own natural opioids. These are feel-good and pain-killing compounds known as endorphins. This lack or shortage of natural endorphins causes much of the misery of withdrawal. Medical detox will help you through this period as you wait for your own natural endorphin production to begin again.
Risk of Relapse
There’s another important reason why trying to stop hydrocodone on your own isn’t a good idea. That reason is the risk of relapse. Even if you suffer through the withdrawal process on your own and make it through, that’s only a small part of the battle. Without professional drug rehab counseling, your risk of relapse is extremely high. This is because you haven’t addressed the root problems that caused you to abuse the drug to begin with.
Think it through. Do you want to go through this again? Or do you want to be clean of hydrocodone for good? Without professional help, your odds of relapsing back into hydrocodone abuse are as high as 85%.
Those aren’t such great odds. It’s just one more reason why you need medical detox, drug rehab and aftercare treatment. It’s your very best chance to kick hydrocodone out of your life for good.
Medical Detox and your Liver
Hydrocodone pain medications are commonly combined with other non-narcotic pain medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is highly toxic to the liver when taken in large doses. A typical hydrocodone pain medication contains 10mg of hydrocodone and 325mg of acetaminophen. This means that you’re taking a lot of liver-damaging acetaminophen just to get a relatively small amount of hydrocodone.
As tolerance rises, you may find yourself taking more and more tablets at once, exposing your liver to higher and higher doses of acetaminophen. If these levels become toxic, your liver could be so damaged that it fails. In fact, accidental acetaminophen overdose is a leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.
Some abusers of hydrocodone combination products practice cold-water extraction. This is a simple chemical process that is supposed to remove much of the acetaminophen from combination pills. While CWE works in theory, there is really no way to be sure how much acetaminophen remains in the final product when this is done at home.
Medical detox can save your liver by setting you on the right path to elimination of combination hydrocodone products from your life for good. No drug is worth the chance of liver failure.
Benefits of Medical Detox
Medical detox will allow you to withdraw from hydrocodone in relative comfort. Experts in the field will supervise you every step of the way. If you’re truly uncomfortable, you need to speak up. Your medication protocol can always be adjusted. Staff members don’t want you to be in pain. That serves no purpose at all. It makes no sense to withdraw at home, alone, in pain, with little chance of success. Professional help is available.
If you’re in Florida, you have lots of facilities to choose from. Let us help you make the right choice for you. We’re here 24 hours a day. You can call us at 866-802-6848 anytime you’re ready to make a positive change in your life. Everything is confidential. Our specially trained staff members understand how to listen and help. All you have to do is call.