What is Vicodin Withdrawal Like?

When someone has an addiction to Vicodin and is ready to become sober, there are many questions that may arise. These can include: Where should I go for treatment? How much will it cost? How long will treatment take? What is Vicodin withdrawal like? Since there are many unknowns when it comes to getting treatment for addiction, it is very important to do research and find out as much as you can. This way, you will feel more prepared when you enter treatment and will be able to become much more comfortable throughout the process. This includes knowing what to expect when you are detoxing from Vicodin and what it might feel like.

How Long Does Vicodin Withdrawal Last?

Everyone knows that detoxing from a substance can leave you feeling very uncomfortable, so wanting to know how long this discomfort lasts is totally normal. However, there is no absolute specific answer to how long Vicodin withdrawal may last. This is because everyone’s body reacts differently, depending on the length and severity of the addiction.

The major symptoms usually subside within 7-10 days, however, people with a severe Vicodin addiction may experience acute symptoms for months. The symptoms that last the longest are psychological symptoms, such as drug cravings and anxiety, which is why self-care and ongoing aftercare is extremely important in the recovery process.

Think about every time you’ve ever had a cold or the flu. It can be totally different than the way your family or friends experience a cold or flu. You might cough more; they might have more body aches. You may be feeling great in just a couple of days, while they may need more time to recover. The same idea is linked to withdrawal; every person reacts differently.

Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms

There are many stages of Vicodin withdrawal and its symptoms. Some range from mild to more severe, but they usually are not life-threatening. According to Medline, the initial symptoms of Vicodin withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Yawning
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

More serious symptoms include:

  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain or bone pain

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Intense cravings
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety

Medicated Detox at Cliffside Malibu

One of the best ways to get through Vicodin withdrawal is to take advantage of medication-assisted detox with our on-site addictionologist. An addictionologist is a medical doctor who specializes in addiction and its withdrawal symptoms. You will be able to comfortably detox from Vicodin and start your treatment program more quickly. Being able to detox from Vicodin without any discomfort will help jumpstart your recovery, including learning how to cope with your triggers and cravings before they set in.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

There are medications to help you with withdrawal symptoms as well as medications to help you manage your cravings. Some severe opioid addictions may require long-term medication-assisted treatment. Since the body and brain have been rewired to require opioids in its system, it can take a long time for the body to readjust.

That’s why medication-assisted treatment can be so beneficial; it allows the body to slowly readjust while the drugs are tapered out of the system. People who take opioids as prescribed under the supervision of a doctor need to taper off of them, and people who are addicted to them can benefit from this same method.

Don’t Go Through It Alone

One of the hallmarks of addiction is not being able to control or slow down your use; this makes quitting Vicodin cold-turkey almost impossible. While detoxing alone might seem like a good idea if you want to keep your addiction private or don’t have the means to enter an inpatient facility, detoxing alone has a high likelihood of relapse, spiraling your addiction even further.

Make sure you have the support of medical staff or a treatment facility when you are detoxing from Vicodin. Many treatment centers will help you find payment options, such as payment plans or working with your insurance company. In addition, there are many outpatient facilities that can help keep your treatment more discreet, so you can carry on with your regular responsibilities while receiving treatment.

About Cliffside Malibu

Being prepared for what Vicodin withdrawal will be like can help you feel more comfortable about entering treatment. There can be many roadblocks on the way to getting the help you so desperately need, don’t let Vicodin withdrawal symptoms be one of those things. With the help of medication-assisted detox and our on-site addictionologist, you can comfortably go through the Vicodin withdrawal process and learn the skill you need to live a life free of addiction.

Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for each and every client. We are committed to providing the best care possible through a continuum of care including medication-assisted detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program includes not only evidence-based therapy but family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are designed and structured to be a supportive environment in order to maintain sobriety.

In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, to meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.

For more information on Cliffside Malibu, visit cliffsidemalibu.com