What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid drug prescribed for medical conditions that cause moderate to severe pain. It is normally used to treat acute pain conditions from surgeries, invasive dental procedures, or for serious injuries. It is not typically prescribed for long term pain management. There are three brand names that people recognize that contain Hydrocodone: Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. Of these three, Vicodin is the most well-known among drug-seeking cultures that use opiates. Vicodin is also sold on the street illegally as Vikes, V’s, yellows, and Hydro.
Doses of Hydrocodone vary depending on the person’s pain levels. The strengths that Vicodin is prescribed range from 5mg, 7.5mg, and 10mg, each with 300 mg of acetaminophen. Most doctors will only prescribe a limited amount of Vicodin or other Hydrocodone containing medications because of the considerable potential for abuse and addiction.
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Hydrocodone Addiction: Signs and Symptoms
When someone is prescribed Hydrocodone, most doctors will require that their patients come in for numerous office visits to obtain more prescriptions. Medical practitioners who prescribe opioids for pain limit how long and how often their patient receives the drug. In recent years all fifty states now use an opioid prescription monitoring system to identify patients who are seeing more than one doctor for Hydrocodone and other prescription pain killers.
Opioid prescription monitoring is a statewide database that gives medical doctors access to all of the prescriptions the patient is currently receiving. It is useful; however, people who are struggling with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), also known as addiction to opioids, are still managing to get the drug through various means.
The signs and symptoms of hydrocodone addiction and or abuse usually begin with doctor shopping. Doctor shopping is when a person sees more than one doctor obtain more hydrocodone prescriptions. Other signs and symptoms of addiction to Hydrocodone will include:
Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms
Addiction to Hydrocodone also causes mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms. A person experiencing hydrocodone withdrawals will be agitated and emotionally unstable. The physical symptoms are more extreme and will mirror the detox symptoms that heroin or other potent opiates cause. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists the major withdrawal symptoms that opioids such as hydrocodone cause. According to NIDA, the withdrawal symptoms from Hydrocodone or other opiates can begin within hours of the last use.
People addicted to an opioid medication who stop using the drug can have severe withdrawal symptoms that begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken. These symptoms include:
The danger with hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms is that they typically occur all at once. People who struggle with this addiction are likely to do anything to avoid experiencing the symptoms. Once the symptoms begin, this person will be desperate to find relief and may use other opioids that they are not familiar with to negate their hydrocodone detox symptoms. More often than not, people who abuse prescription opioids like Hydrocodone eventually use heroin or stronger opiates. Trying a more potent drug can easily cause a life-threatening emergency and accidental overdose to happen.
Our Florida Hydrocodone Detox Program
The safest way to help someone who is addicted to Hydrocodone is to have them admitted into a medically managed hydrocodone detox program. Our Medically managed hydrocodone detox programs provide safe and effective medications that minimize the withdrawal symptoms so our clients can rest and sleep. Evoke Wellness Florida hydrocodone detox programs prescribe advanced opioid detox medications that are proven to reverse withdrawal symptoms nearly 100%. Our detox center is overseen by medical doctors who specialize in opiate addiction detoxification.
The medications that our clients receive to help them detox easily include Buprenorphine and methadone. We also prescribe medications to induce sleep, control flu-like symptoms as well as meds to improve mental and emotional health. Every client is allowed to rest and relax. When they are healthier, they are encouraged to participate in one of our many small groups, receive one on one counseling, or engage in leisure activities. Our Florida hydrocodone detox centers allow clients to detox at their own pace. Some may feel better within one week or less, whereas another may need several weeks.
Every client in our Hydrocodone detox center is also provided with an individualized treatment plan. Although detox is the beginning of an end to addiction, it is not treatment. People who struggle with OUD require a treatment program to help them learn how to remain drug and alcohol-free long term. The opioid addiction programs we offer for hydrocodone addiction work directly with our detox program. Ideally, our clients complete detox and enter one of our treatment programs. This way, they have already established connections to our professional staff of addiction counselors, therapists, and medical doctors as well as with others who are in their recovery program.
Evoke Wellness FL: A Premier Medical Detox
At Evoke Wellness Florida, we help clients detox from alcohol and drugs under the best possible treatment and surroundings. Our medical drug and alcohol detox facility is located in a beautiful, private location over-looking a tranquil lake in Miramar,
Florida. Our relaxing surroundings, high-end amenities, delicious and nutritious
food, and team of professional practitioners, help clients move through the detox
phase quickly, safely and comfortably. After detox, clients have a wide range of
options to transition seamlessly to the next step in their addiction recovery. While
the medical detoxification process is not easy, many clients recognize early on that
is not nearly as intense, painful, or uncomfortable as anticipated. We help them
build foundations needed to maintain long-term sobriety.