Vicodin Detox Information
Vicodin is an opioid drug, with a similar chemical makeup to drugs like heroin and morphine. It can be highly addictive, but luckily, there are many new techniques available to safely detox people from these opiates.
People who are addicted to Vicodin may start out taking it in small doses, even taking it as prescribed. But over time, the body becomes used to the dosage and you start taking more and more. If you find yourself running out of pills, you may even start ‘doctor-shopping’ which is going around to different doctors for various ailments so you can get a variety of prescriptions. Now, your body is physically dependent on Vicodin, so you need a safe, professional detox.
A Comfortable Detox
At KLEAN Treatment Centers, we provide a safe and comfortable Vicodin detox, and there are a number of options available to you both during detox and after, for optimal success.
If you are looking for more information about how you can detox from Vicodin, call us at 888-601-6040.
Getting Started in Detox
Your detox professionals will ask you a variety of questions to determine how much you use and how often so they can figure out how to best treat you.
Here are the questions you may be asked in Vicodin detox:
- How long have you been using Vicodin?
- How much Vicodin do you use on a daily basis?
- What, if any, other drugs are you taking with Vicodin?
- Are you drinking alcohol while taking Vicodin?
- Have you ever tried to detox from Vicodin before?
There are many ways to detox from Vicodin:
- Medicated Detox
- Natural Detox
- Maintenance or Pain Management Programs
For those going through a managed detoxification, medications are often used to eliminate or minimize many of the more uncomfortable symptoms of detox. For a person taking opiates, simply stopping “cold turkey” can be very uncomfortable and also dangerous. A medicated detox using Suboxone is an effective way of stopping the withdrawal process.
When you arrive at KLEAN, you may have taken your last dose within 1-12 hours of your arrival, and you may already be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone binds to your opioid receptors in your brain, so it completely stops the withdrawal process. By only using Suboxone during the detox stage of your treatment, you can become stabilized without forming an addiction to the Suboxone.
Suboxone vs. Methadone
We use Suboxone rather than methadone for a number of reasons. One, it is safer – people who use illicit drugs while on methadone can overdose, but with Suboxone this is not the case. Two, Suboxone is much easier to get and take consistently. It comes in a pill form and you get it as a prescription. With methadone, you have to go to the methadone clinic each day. Suboxone also has an ingredient in it, naloxone, which is an opioid receptor that keeps you from getting high from the drug. This serves as a deterrent to abuse.
In addition to the buprenorphine, patients may receive other medications to help them detox comfortably. If there is nausea, or trouble sleeping, medications may help alleviate these symptoms in the detox setting and assist in stabilizing the patient quickly.
Since Vicodin is an opioid drug, it may not be safe to detox on your own with natural methods. Make sure you are consulting a professional to ensure your health and safety. While you are detoxing, even if you are in a professional facility, there are natural methods you can employ to make the detox process easier. You can eat healthy, cleansing foods, get plenty of rest and use gentle exercise to ‘flush’ your system. These methods can also be used in conjunction with a medicated detox program.
Maintenance or Pain Management
For many people on Vicodin, they suffer from chronic pain. However, even if you are in pain constantly, it is still not good for your body to have high amounts of narcotics pumped into it each day. Therefore, many doctors will try to get you on a pain management program, where they slowly but surely decrease all of your doses to the minimum you need to be pain-free.
Most patients come to us looking for complete sobriety, and that is our goal with treatment. We will sometimes taper someone down if they are on a significant number or dosage of medications, and eventually get them to a place where they are clean from all drugs, even detox medications.
If you would like more information about detoxing from Vicodin, we can help. Contact us today at 1-888-601-6040 to speak to an intake specialist who can advise you on your detox options. Do not let location be a factor either. We can work with various situations to help you get well.