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Vicodin Withdrawal

Vicodin is one of the most powerful, addictive drugs in the world. Prescribed by physicians to help individuals cope with pain as a result of injury or illness, Vicodin is an opiate-based drug that carries with it a strong euphoric effect. For that reason, many individuals find themselves addicted to the painkiller – even after using it for only a short period of time. In order to break the cycle of Vicodin addiction, an individual must go through the drug rehab process of detox, counseling and aftercare. It is during the detox component of addiction treatment that Vicodin withdrawal symptoms occur.

What are Vicodin Rehab Withdrawal Symptoms?

Vicodin produces pleasurable sensations within the individual. So effective is Vicodin at creating these sensations, that it “tricks” the body into thinking that it does not need to create its own pleasurable feelings. Therefore, when the individual stops taking the drug, they will experience high levels of discomfort. These “withdrawal symptoms” include:

  • Achiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sweats and chills
  • Runny nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Involuntary leg movement

In addition, individuals will experience strong drug cravings during this adjust period. These cravings (as well as the symptoms listed above) may not be life-threatening, but they can lead the individual to relapse into Vicodin use.

How long do Vicodin Rehab Withdrawal Symptoms last?

The period of time in which Vicodin withdrawal symptoms last varies from individual to individual, however most people will experience them for several days. Vicodin withdrawal generally begins 1-2 days after the last dose of the drug has been ingested and begins to lessen in intensity in the closing days of the process.

Staying Safe during Vicodin Withdrawal

It is important that the individual has a safe place to detoxify from Vicodin use. That is why most drug rehab treatment centers offer onsite drug detox as part of their core program. With professional supervision, the recovering Vicodin addict will have the support and care they need to get through this difficult time. Through experience and caring, the detox staff is able to minimize the impact of Vicodin withdrawal – and lessen the chance that the individual will relapse. In the case of Residential Vicodin treatment, just the fact that the individual does not have access to drugs during detox will increase the odds of their success dramatically.

The Importance of Detox during Vicodin Rehab

Once the individual has completed detox (and lived through the withdrawal symptoms), they are ready to begin drug addiction therapy. In fact, so important is detox that most programs will not allow the individual to continue on without completing it first. This is because the individual is not considered “stable” enough without having overcome their physical addiction to Vicodin.