Vicodin Withdrawal and Detox

Deciding to quit Vicodin is a decision that will change your life for the better, but it begins with hard work and the physical discomforts of withdrawal and detox. Detoxification is the first step towards recovery and ridding your body of Vicodin for good. It starts with quitting the drug and enduring the withdrawal symptoms as your body accustoms to functioning without Vicodin.
During drug detoxification — the body’s natural process of ridding itself of toxins like Vicodin and hydrocodone — you may experience some side effects, called withdrawal. Withdrawal is unpleasant and can even be physically painful to endure. To ease the pain of withdrawal and monitor your health, many addiction professionals and doctors recommend undergoing detox in a rehab facility.

Side effects of Vicodin withdrawal include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Muscle aches
  • Tearing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Mood changes
  • Jumpiness
  • Hostility
  • Depression
There are some medications doctors may administer to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal from Vicodin. If you undergo detox at a detox center or addiction treatment center like The Recovery Village, your doctor may administer buprenorphine or methadone. Both drugs ease the symptoms of withdrawal by tricking the brain into thinking you’re still using Vicodin.
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The Vicodin detox process starts roughly eight hours after you quit Vicodin, when the drug is out of your system. Detox can take varying amounts of time and include painful symptoms that affect you physically and mentally. To make the process as comfortable as possible, to protect your health and to prevent relapse, addiction professionals recommend those addicted to Vicodin should undergo medically-supervised detox.
Even though detox is a natural process, it can be dangerous to complete on your own at home. The body will use any avenue it has to get Vicodin out of its system, including vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive sweating. All three of these reactions will also cause you to lose fluids, which could endanger your health if left unreplenished. By detoxing at a medical center instead, doctors can monitor your fluid levels and replenish as necessary with nutrient-dense solutions.
Detox is not the same for everyone, and thus, forecasting withdrawal timelines for addicts can be tricky. It takes 8 hours for Vicodin to clear from the body. For some people, detoxing from Vicodin could take days. For others, it may take weeks. Some of the timeline depends on your personal use of the drug. Those who take a higher dosage for a longer period of time may experience withdrawal symptoms longer than those who abused the drug less.
There are two methods of quitting Vicodin — tapering off use and quitting cold turkey, or all at once. While quitting cold turkey may help rid your body of the drug fastest, it may also bring about the worst withdrawal symptoms. Tapering off may lessen the severity of withdrawal, but can be harder to maintain. To avoid the unpleasantness of withdrawal, it’s best to undergo detox in an addiction treatment center or at a detox facility.
While Vicodin withdrawal symptoms may not be deadly, detoxing from Vicodin can result in death if not closely monitored. Detoxification is the body’s natural process of expelling toxins. In the case of Vicodin detox, your body may choose to expel toxins through vomiting, diarrhea, and extensive sweating. Experiencing all of these symptoms at once over a long period of time can result in loss of fluid and dehydration.

To avoid experiencing any harmful side effects of detox, it’s best to undergo detoxification at a facility such as The Recovery Village.

Mental Health Daily. “Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms + Duration.” Mental Health Daily, Accessed 24 Jan. 2017.
Roland, James. “Symptoms of Vicodin Withdrawal.” Healthline, 8 Dec. 2016, Accessed 24 Jan. 2017.
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Vicodin Withdrawal & Detox was last modified: July 9th, 2017 by The Recovery Village