Hydrocodone Detox

Hydrocodone Detox & Addiction

Hydrocodone is one of the most powerful ingredients in painkillers prescribed for moderate to severe pain. The effects of hydrocodone are similar to morphine, codeine and oxycodone. Like all opioids, hydrocodone works to weaken the pain sensor in the brain in order to reduce the amount of pain the users are feeling. After only a few uses the body develops a dependance to hydrocodone. This dependance makes a hydrocodone detox very uncomfortable, requiring a lot of will power.
There are different types of hydrocodone, including:

  • Vicodin: Vicodin tablets come in three different dosage levels; 5 mg, 7.5 mg and 10 mg. Depending on the severity of the pain, users are recommended to take only one every 4-6 hours. High doses of vicodin can cause significant liver damage.
  • Norco: Norcos have the least amount of the liver damaging chemical, acetaminophen, in them. They come in two different dosage levels; 7.5mg and 10mg. Norcos are usually the first opioid abusers and addicts try.
  • Lortab: Even when taken as prescribed, lortabs are extremely addictive.
  • Zohydro: Zohydro is the first prescription that is pure hydrocodone and only prescribed for severe pain. It is one of the most carefully regulated prescriptions by the FDA.

Hydrocodone Detox Doctor Prescribing Meds

Hydrocodone is intended to be swallowed; however, some users crush and snort it or even inject it. When people use hydrocodone they feel relaxed, euphoric, calm, happy and less anxious. Studies show that hydrocodone is one of the most commonly prescribed opioids in the United States; in fact, there are over 4 million people who use it.


 24.4 million people over the age of 12 have used hydrocodone for non-medical reasons.

-Drug Enforcement Administration

In 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported over 29,000 calls and at least 36 deaths due to hydrocodone abuse. Since 1999, overdose deaths as a result of prescription painkillers, have tripled compared to those who died from heroin and cocaine combined. More than 15,000 people overdose each month, which is over 40 deaths per day.

How Does A Hydrocodone Addiction Start?

It is important for you to make the distinction addiction is a disease not just the result of a weak willed individual. Recent studies have shown that addiction is, in fact, a brain disease. Addiction is the uncontrollable, compulsive craving to seek more of a certain substance or behavior. Your brain is what causes you to behave a certain way; therefore, your addictive behavior is definitely connected to how your brain normally functions.

Hydrocodone Detox Man Trapped In Pill BottleThe chemicals in painkillers interrupt the brain and nerves in order to produce a euphoric feeling. If painkillers are used for a prolonged amount of time, the brain will no longer produce the euphoric feeling that it would naturally.
When this happens, the user will need to continue their use hydrocodone in order to feel ‘good or normal’. They have become dependent on the substance in order to function normally.

Additionally, prolonged use causes the body to become tolerant on the dosage, causing the user to take more and at a more frequent rate. Eventually, they will have to find something stronger and risk taking way too much and overdose.Hydrocodone addiction, will lead to death if left untreated.

Elevate Drug Treatment offers programs that help treat painkiller addiction. We believe that a safe hydrocodone detox followed by a combination of traditional and experiential therapies will lead you toward a successful recovery.

Addiction can also be connected to your genetics. Research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that there is a genetic predisposition for addiction. While this does not prove that hydrocodone addiction is 100 percent genetic, it shows that addiction is increased due to certain genes.

Studies also show that when one parent suffers from an addiction, their child has a 30 percent chance of developing an addiction as well. CNN reported that the more family members who have an addiction in one family, the more of a chance their children and the children of those children will develop an addiction. In fact, family history can help determine addictive outcomes. Genes also impact the severity of withdrawal symptoms during a hydrocodone detox.

Our immediate environment can also have a significant impact on whether or not we will develop an addiction. These causes have less to do with brain functioning or genetics as they are based off of things that happen in our everyday lives. Such as, prolonged stress at home or work, coping with the loss of a loved one and experiencing a traumatic event.

What To Expect From Hydrocodone Detox & Treatment

Our hydrocodone detox and treatment programs are evidence-based and because of our experience, we have first-hand knowledge on how to take the steps toward a successful recovery. We also educate our patients, as well as their families, on addiction; how it can be treated, how to support someone during this difficult time and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of it.

The cornerstone of every therapy we offer is education. We teach patients to understand what their issues are and how they have contributed to their addiction. Our patients will learn that there are certain triggers that cause their substance addiction. Through cognitive therapies, patients will learn that certain actions cause a reaction in their brains. They also learn how to recognize their maladaptive behaviors and replace them with positive coping mechanisms.

Hydrocodone Detox Assessing A Patient

Before patients begin their therapeutic program, they will undergo a series of assessments that help determine their exact diagnosis in order to create a highly individualized plan that fits their unique needs.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, their detox process and therapy sessions will vary.

Hydrocodone Detox Man Riding Bicycle Up A Mountain

The hydrocodone detox process of withdrawal will not be as easy as drinking juice and dieting for a week; it requires patience and willpower.

During the detox process, you will experience withdrawal symptoms that will be uncomfortable, but do not worry, we will be by your side the entire time to provide nutritional and emotional support.

Hydrocodone detox withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Fluid imbalances
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Schizophrenia
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

The best treatment for hydrocodone addiction includes a safe detox process followed by a combination of traditional and experiential treatments. Obviously, someone who is suffering with an hydrocodone addiction is also suffering from a mental health disorder. We offer programs designed to treat both conditions.

Hydrocodone Detox Young Man Looking Out To Sea

It is important for those who want to overcome their mental health disorder and substance addiction to focus on their psyche, their inner thoughts and how they can affect their behaviors.

The Dual Diagnosis Program is research-based and highly individualized for each patient’s unique needs.
It is not based upon one type of therapy; it is a combination of both traditional and experiential therapies.

Therapies include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Recovery-oriented challenge therapy
  • Expressive therapies
  • Trauma therapies

The treatment of co-occurring conditions should also include medical and psychiatric sessions, psycho-educational and didactic groups.

Family Therapy

Family can only be included with a patient’s consent. It is important to include family because they may be a part of the problem and they can learn how to support a patient rather than enabling them. Addiction also has the power to rip families apart; therefore, the family therapy can help mend any broken relationships.

Individual Therapy

It is recommended to attend individual therapy at least twice a week in order to spend one-on-one time with a therapist.

Group Therapy

Group therapy allows people who have similar experiences to come together in a safe, peer-supported atmosphere in order to share any advice, tips or stories they feel necessary.

Recovery-Oriented Challenge Therapy

This therapy is only available at select facilities. It is designed for clients to identify their strengths, learn basic recovery issues and build a supportive social network. Patients should be able to develop self-care skills, learn their boundaries and understand choice and accountability.

Psycho-Educational and Didactic Groups

These groups are offered for patients to interact with one another in order to discuss relapse prevention, cognitive restructuring and the pressures of society.

Trauma Therapies

These therapies are specifically designed for those that are suffering from a trauma-related issue.

Expressive Therapies

This is another therapy that is only available at select facilities. It is a group therapy where patients express their creative sides.

Medical and Psychiatric Sessions

It is recommended for patient’s progress to be continually monitored in order for programs to be adjusted accordingly. Patients should be assessed both medically and psychiatrically in order to record their progress.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health disorder, substance addiction, or both, it is extremely important to seek help. Without proper treatment, the effects of co-occurring conditions can detrimentally affect all aspects of life. Elevate Drug Treatment can help you regain control of your life and provide you the tools to maintain sobriety.

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