Vicodin addiction withdrawal occurs in the abatement of a regular, longstanding Vicodin prescription. Your body, accustomed to a certain amount of the opiate-based Vicodin, has adapted its schedule of production of certain neurotransmitters, or chemicals in the brain. Without the presence of Vicodin to signal that these chemicals should be produced or released, a sort of chaos results and you experience a number of negative, uncomfortable and often painful Vicodin withdrawal symptoms.
Recognizing Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms
Few will experience Vicodin withdrawal symptoms and not know it. These symptoms are severe in nature. In the mildest of cases, they resemble the flu. In fact, many who take a short-term Vicodin painkiller prescription during a hospital stay believe the illness they experience when they stop taking the medication is flu when it’s actually Vicodin detox.
- Profuse sweating
- Bone and muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Intense fatigue
In extreme cases and especially when you are also suffering from other medical conditions and do not have the support of a medical professional, Vicodin withdrawal symptoms can also include seizures, heart failure, coma and death.
Experiencing Vicodin Withdrawal
Some have described as Vicodin addiction withdrawal symptoms as being so terrible that they feel like you are dying. Because of the severity of the symptoms, few can stay off Vicodin long enough to “kick” their physical dependence upon the drug without help. Many people who attempt Vicodin detox on their own eventually relapse in an effort to ease withdrawal symptoms. These relapses may include the use of Vicodin, another opiate-based prescription painkiller, or even heroin. Others who suffer from heart conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure may come to a fatal end if they attempt a long-term, high-dose Vicodin detox alone.
The Canyon does not recommend that you attempt a Vicodin detox or a detox off any opiate-based drug without the assistance and supervision of a medical professional.
Treating the Symptoms
When it comes to the treatment of Vicodin addiction withdrawal symptoms, you have choices. There is no reason for you to experience the brunt of these symptoms without the aid of medical assistance. Whether you choose an opiate maintenance program that breaks your physical Vicodin addiction slowly over time or whether you choose a “cold turkey” Vicodin detox that provides you with medication to treat the symptoms themselves rather than the cause, you should always follow up with Vicodin addiction treatment. Because Vicodin addiction is psychological in nature as well as physical, few who simply treat their physical dependence will maintain their newfound sobriety for long without learning how to fight the mental cravings for the drug.
You can fight Vicodin addiction. There is hope. If you or a loved one are struggling with Vicodin addiction, don’t wait to get the help you need.
Treatment at The Canyon
The Canyon offers a holistic Vicodin rehab that provides Vicodin detox to treat your physical dependence upon the prescription painkiller and Vicodin addiction treatment to focus on your psychological dependence as well. We incorporate relapse prevention into a well-rounded treatment schedule that offers you all the tools you need to successfully fight your addiction during your stay and after you return home.
If you have questions or would like to get help for your Vicodin addiction, contact us at The Canyon today.