How Long Does Hydrocodone Withdrawal Last?

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The withdrawal period of any drug, including hydrocodone, is largely dependent on the person. In general, withdrawal symptoms last for a few days, but in more severe cases of addiction, they can last for weeks. Factors, such as age, weight, history of drug use, current health, and how much hydrocodone was previously used, all make a difference in the intensity of these symptoms and how long they last.

Hydrocodone is a medication prescribed to help alleviate chronic pain. It’s more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, or morphine.It’s important for anyone prescribed medication to follow the recommended dosages and scheduled times accurately. If it doesn’t feel like it’s helping with your pain management, any change in use requires the assessment of a doctor to ensure that health and safety remain a top priority. Hydrocodone is a habit-forming drug and continues to be the source of drug dependency and addiction. The drug’s effects begin to subside after 8-12 hours and withdrawal symptoms will then occur.

Opioid addiction has become part of a national epidemic that affects millions of people, of all ages, around the country. Many do not realize how powerfully addictive it is before it’s too late. It’s not too late, however, to get the help you need. You will benefit by seeking the help of medical professionals who are skilled at assisting people who are struggling with addiction. They also will help to ensure you are going through the process as comfortably and safely as possible. Additionally, they provide an extra boost of confidence and encouragement that is needed during the stressful time of drug withdrawal.

The withdrawal period is not a fun one. It is often highly painful and uncomfortable. For this reason, many people who suffer from addiction face relapse; the temptations and cravings can be overwhelming. You must go through the drug withdrawal phase before entering the next part of recovery, but know that you don’t have to go through it alone.

Although the withdrawal period is challenging, the good news is hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms are temporary. Over time, they subside in intensity and once the drug is fully cleared from your system, you can begin the rehabilitation process. When you take the first step toward sobriety, you are taking the first step to a happier, healthier future for yourself.

Symptoms of Hydrocodone Withdrawal

You may be wondering how does hydrocodone withdrawal actually feel? Or, when will I start to experience symptoms? It can affect people in various ways. Symptoms will begin to appear approximately 24 hours after the last use. Typically, they are the most intense in the beginning and begin to subside as the days go on. Your body is working hard to fight against the addiction and its “need” to have more.

After chronic use of hydrocodone, your body may start fo feel “abnormal” when it doesn’t have it or as much of it as before. This is because of the body’s built-up tolerance to the drug. When frequently taken, the body feels like it needs more of the drug taken more often to feel the same pain relief as before. This dependency often leads to accidental overdose.

The symptoms experienced during the withdrawal period is the body’s way of finding its “norm.” You may experience muscle aches, restlessness, runny nose, cramping, and insomnia. You may also experience side effects such as vomiting or nausea as well. For more serious cases, these types of symptoms can last well past the typical week and linger for months. It depends on how your body deals with the sudden change and how much it’s been affected by the addiction.

Regardless of the intensity, hydrocodone withdrawal is stressful on the body. Under medical supervision, you will receive the health monitoring you need. This may include medication to help alleviate some of the side effects. When in the care of a treatment facility, you will also receive emotional support, which can help you through the toughest days. The body is unpredictable and any sudden changes can be a shock to the system. It’s a good idea to have people around you who are knowledgeable about how to treat addiction and can give you the best attention and care possible.

If you decide to endure the withdrawal process alone through self-treatment, you may find it harder than you first realized. Since addiction controls your body, it can be easier to relapse when no one else is around to support you or to keep you accountable. The decision to go through rehabilitation and work toward sobriety is completely up to you, but you have people who want to help you make the road a little be easier.

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Treatment for Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Addiction is an illness, a disease which requires proper care in order to overcome. It can be challenging to identify at first because there is the thought that if you wanted to stop, you would. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to drug addiction. The want has to be followed by action. Continual drug use changes the makeup of your brain to think that it needs hydrocodone to function. Seeking treatment means syncing up your desire to become sober with the professional help it takes to administer the care you need to heal.

Minor cases of hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms may be treated with ibuprofen, hydration, and rest. The symptoms and remedy in these less severe situations appear similar to a bad case of the flu. When addiction is involved, symptoms are more intense. The safe, secure environment of a detox or treatment facility is more conducive to healing than attempting to go through the process alone.

Drug addiction changes how your body thinks, feels, and reacts. As a result, you will need to start with a clean slate, so to speak. The withdrawal process is not an easy one but is doable, especially with the right support to help you along the way. In addition to hydration, rest, and self-care, there are other steps to the process to eliminate hydrocodone from the body and start a path toward sobriety. This includes rehabilitation through inpatient or outpatient care. Once you go through the withdrawal phase and detox process, you will work with your therapist and other treatment staff to lay out a health plan over the next several weeks.

Inpatient or Outpatient Care: Which Should I Choose?

The biggest difference between the two types of treatment is where it takes place. Inpatient care requires a temporary stay at the treatment facility of your choice. Usually, this is for at least 30 days, but can last up to 90 days, if your health plan calls for it. If you choose outpatient care, you may stay in your own home or other familiar residence while you seek treatment. You will check-in daily to your scheduled appointments.

Treatment during the rehabilitation period includes individual and group therapy, educational sessions to learn about addiction, and tools to carry with you once your inpatient or outpatient care is complete. In rehab, you’ll learn about what triggers your addiction. You’ll understand how to address any temptations or cravings in the future. You’ll begin to gain back your physical strength as well as your confidence to help you make healthier decisions.

This all helps you transition back to the “real world” once your treatment is complete. The transition period can pose a challenge on its own because there may be certain temptations or influences awaiting your return. However, support continues for you even after treatment. You’ll be given resources for places to go to and people to turn to when you need some extra guidance. You don’t have to feel alone dealing with your addiction or when you reach sobriety.

There is no set time it takes to go through the detox and rehabilitation process. Each timeline is dependent on the progress of the individual. Your health will be continuously monitored and assessed throughout treatment to ensure your body is responding well to the recovery process.

Treatment includes more than just the physical healing of your body. It requires emotional work, too. You’ll identify where your addiction is rooted and how to overcome it. You’ll discover a sober lifestyle and learn how to maintain it outside of treatment. You’ll also see the opportunity of healthier, happier future without addiction. The withdrawal period is only the first step on your life-changing journey. Recovery is ongoing.

Preventing Relapse

There may be times throughout the process where relapse may seem inevitable. We want to give you the tools to help you prevent that. It’s not uncommon for relapse to happen, but when it does, it means starting over from the initial withdrawal phase. However, it is not a failure of the treatment you’ve received or the work you’ve put in. It’s a temporary setback, if you allow yourself to follow the process and begin again.

We can help to prevent relapse during your treatment. The change in environment means you won’t have direct connection with negative influences or temptations. You’ll have people to turn to talk through how you’re feeling and find solutions to help you cope. We also will provide relapse prevention therapy as you transition back to your normal life. This can be one of the most challenging parts of your care; relapse can happen at any stage.

To prevent relapse means being able to identify warning signs. Certain warning signs may include: thinking you no longer need treatment, you no longer follow a structure in your daily activities, and/or you lie to your friends and family about your progress or health. During rehabilitation, you will learn coping mechanisms and have resources to help support and encourage you along the way.

Aftercare is just as important as your time spent as part of inpatient or outpatient care. We will help you plan strategies to continue your sobriety even after your treatment is through. Any change or transition takes time to get used to, which is why we want to help you prepare as best as possible. The more support we can provide, hopefully, the stronger and more confident you’ll feel.

We Are Here to Support You

Dealing with drug addiction withdrawal may feel like something you can or want to do alone, but the support you receive through treatment will be invaluable to your progress. Seeking care at a treatment facility means you have access to medical staff when you need them. You’ll always have someone looking out for you and your health. Let us be your guide.

Enduring the withdrawal period is only the first stage of recovery. Each step of the process builds on the last one as you make your way toward sobriety. It may seem like a long journey, but think about how long you’ve been affected by addiction. It’s likely been months, if not years, and healing takes time as well. The positive focus on your health and well-being is time well spent.

If you are a friend, family member, or colleague of someone who is suffering from addiction, we are available to assist with interventions as well. Confronting someone you care about is no easy feat but can be what they need to get help. By setting up the right type of environment to have the conversation, you can have more of a positive impact with your words. Also, by researching treatment facilities and being proactive with financial solutions and strong support, it can help you feel more confident during the intervention.

Whether you are directly or indirectly affected by addiction, no two situations are exactly alike. Addiction may look similar on the outside but each story is unique. Yours is not like anyone else’s, which means your recovery story isn’t either. You can choose a different path for your future. There is help to guide you through the process. Deciding to become sober is the first step, but the actions that follow are equally important. You deserve to live a healthy, happy life. When you’re ready, we’re here to help you get started.

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