Hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms range from mild craving, anxiety, drug-seeking behavior, yawning, perspiration, runny eyes and nose, restless and broken sleep, and irritability.
The eyes may not respond properly to light (i.e., pupils will remain dilated in the presence of bright light).
More severe symptoms are muscular twitches, gooseflesh, hot and cold flashes, abdominal cramps, rapid breathing, fast pulse, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of energy.
Not everybody suffers all the symptoms or the most severe ones; the severity of symptoms usually depends on the length and frequency of hydrocodone abuse.
Hydrocodone Detox Meds
In hydrocodone rehab, relief during the five to ten days of these symptoms can be provided through various medications including:
- Buprenorphine (Subutex or “subs”)
- Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone or “subs”)
These detox medications aim to ease the physical discomfort and help the user get some sleep.
Warm baths, mild exercise, electro-chemically balanced nutrition, and the compassionate support of recovery-sensitive physicians, nurse, and counselors help ease a person through hydrocodone withdrawal. The last item is the most important because your counselor will facilitate your entry into the most important part of hydrocodone rehab, recovery-sensitive therapy, the moment you are able to walk.
Hydrocodone detox medicine such as buprenorphine should be discontinued as soon as possible because buprenorphine maintenance can change into buprenorphine addiction.
Long-term recovery for hydrocodone users is often made difficult by malnutrition and related attention deficit delusions such as: “I don’t need all that therapy. Just detox me and I’ll be on my way.”
“Denial” is one less thing to have to focus-on during hydrocodone recovery-sensitive therapy.
That’s because the marijuana addict struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opiate addict.”
While the alcoholic struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opiate addict.”
Hydrocodone addicts rarely if ever say: “I’m not as bad as other hydrocodone addicts.”
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