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Hydrocodone Detox

Updated on June 29, 2009

Hydrocodone is prescribed to patients as an analgesic or pain reliever. It is commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain, and available in capsules, tablets and liquid form. However, many people from different parts of the world are using it  abusively.

In fact, in the US alone, it is considered as the most abused prescription drug. It's believed that when consumed more than what is prescribed or in large amount, it gives the users a euphoric 'high'.

There are two ways of acquiring the pill – one is legally and one is illegally. Legally means it is prescribed by a physician and illegally means it can be bought easily without a prescription, probably from an unauthorized dealer.

And that's the real problem.

If you have been taking this drug for quite regularly and you noticed that you are becoming dependent on it, it is a clear sign of hydrocodone addiction.

Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydcrocodone Addiction

If you are a victim of hydrocodone addiction, you can get over it by taking some serious actions. First and foremost, you should make the decision to take it totally out of your system.

Getting out of hydrocodone addiction may not be an easy task to do. It takes time, the will, and enough courage to do it. It is always best to go for a professional treatment in order to resolve this problem. Never ever attempt to do it by yourself.

One of your options to overcome both physical and psychological addiction to the drug would be to undergo medically supervised hydrocodone detox.

This process may last from 4 to 5 days, depending on the graveness of your situation. In spite of the fact that it is very much effective, many hydrocodone addicts are afraid of it.

This is the reason why some of them do not attain success. It’s either they won’t go for the detox at all, or they may try a few sessions at first but would back out after some time, unable to cope with hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms.

Hydrocodone Withdrawal Symptoms

The intensity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the degree of the addiction and varies greatly from person to person.

Hydrocodone detox symptoms include but are not limited to: intense cravings for the drug, irritability, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, runny nose or eyes, dilated pupils, sweating, diarrhea, yawning, fevers, chills, inability to sleep and depression.

You will also experience illness or physical pains often associated with hydrocodone withdrawal.

To ease the withdrawal process, what you should do is to undergo a medically supervised hydrocodone detoxification where prescribed medication is used to counter the withdrawal symptoms.

Remember, hydrocodone detox isn't something you might want to attempt on your own. Doing this detoxification process without proper supervision can be fatal, particularly if you are suffering from other physical conditions.

For this reason alone, it's advisable that you find a reputable hydrocodone detox center in your area as soon as possible and seek the help of professionals or of people who are expert in this field.

Hydrocodone is an effective pain reliever but for many, hydrocodone has become an addiction. If it's not treated early, it can lead to severe health issues such as circulatory collapse, cardiac arrest, and even death.

Therefore, hydrocodone detox administered under the supervision of medical doctor is critical in the initial stage of rehab process – before it’s too late.

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