How Long Does Suboxone Block Opiates?

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A single, effective dose of buprenorphine, as found in Suboxone, can last between 24-60 hours, with an average of around three days. Most doctors and addiction specialists direct patients to take the drug once daily. A person’s individual factors, such as weight and metabolism, can prolong or shorten the action of Suboxone. 

Suboxone includes buprenorphine and naloxone, which are both opioid drugs. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning that it attaches to receptors in the brain that opioids do, only it does not activate them to the full extent of say, heroin. Naloxone is a full agonist and is included as an abuse-deterrent measure because it works by actively reversing the effects of other opioids.

Treatment for opioid addiction often includes the use of medications like Suboxone, as it can reduce symptoms of withdrawal and promote abstinence from opioid use. While Suboxone mimics some opioid-like effects, it simultaneously diminishes the brain’s need for a true opioid drug.

About Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Opiates and opioids are medications intended to block pain signals sent to the brain. These drugs include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and many other similar substances. While these medications are frequently prescribed for pain, they are sometimes used illicitly as a product of drug diversion. Other opioids that are commonly found in illegal forms are heroin, fentanyl, and U-47700.

In addition to pain relief, opioids can induce drowsiness, impair thinking, and depress the central nervous system (CNS), lowering heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Due to their effect on regions of the brain associated with pleasure and reward, they also can produce feelings of euphoria. This effect can encourage people to repeatedly abuse the drugs or use them in ways not prescribed.

Some people will develop dependence or addiction to opioid drugs. Dependent occurs when the body adapts to a drug’s presence and then begins to require it in order to function normally. This condition results in highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the person quits using or dramatically cuts back on use.

Addiction may include physical dependence and also tolerance. Tolerance builds because our brains have a propensity to reduce the effects of certain substances through repeated use. Addiction is also hallmarked by compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite the incurrence of adverse consequences.

Abuse of opioids can have detrimental effects on brain structure and function. It can lead to respiratory arrest and cerebral hypoxia, or an inadequate amount of oxygen reaching the brain that may result in brain damage, coma, or death.

Opioid Withdrawal

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As noted, because opiate use can lead to dependence, when the amount of the drug in the body diminishes, symptoms of withdrawal will start to manifest. The amount of time needed for a person to develop a dependence varies between individuals. When discontinuing or reducing the use of opioids, the body requires time to recover and revert to a state in which it is no longer reliant on the drug’s presence. Because opioid withdrawal tends to be very uncomfortable, medical detox may be vital for many people to prevent relapse.

The following are common withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence:

  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dilated pupils

Although the symptoms of withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant, they are not usually life-threatening. The symptoms will eventually decrease as the body reacclimates and returns to normal functioning without the addictive substance.

How Suboxone Works

As previously noted, Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone helps to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings by inducing a manageable amount of opioid effects in the brain. Although buprenorphine can cause effects such as mild euphoria, the effects are much more limited than those related to full opioid agonists, such as heroin. Buprenorphine has a high affinity for opioid receptors, and, once attached, it prevents other opioids from latching on. 

Suboxone treatment generally occurs in three phases: induction, stabilization, and maintenance

The induction phase starts between 12-24 hours after a person has used their last dose of an opioid. Treatment should begin during this early stage of withdrawal—if it is started during later stages, this can result in a worsening of symptoms.

The stabilization phase starts when the person is experiencing few symptoms or cravings. During this phase, the frequency of use and the dosage of Suboxone use will be adjusted (probably lowered) to meet the person’s individual needs.

The maintenance phase consists of a steady dose of Suboxone over time, eventually tapering off to a very low dose until it is no longer required. 

Common side effects of Suboxone may include the following:

  • Headache
  • Stomach pain and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Blurred vision
  • Itchiness

More severe side effects may occur, including difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face or extremities, or profound tiredness. If you experience any of these side effects, contact a doctor or addiction specialist right away.

Effectiveness of Suboxone

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Buprenorphine, one of the main ingredients in Suboxone, was approved for medical use in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration. The medication is different than methadone in that it can be prescribed in a doctor’s office, while methadone is only available through specially licensed facilities. For this reason, a greater number of people can receive medication-assisted treatment to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

Of note, despite Suboxone’s increased safety and reduced potential for abuse, methadone is still often used for the treatment of particularly severe opioid addictions. A 2004 study by the Taylor and Francis Group found that Suboxone could be administered safely and in unsupervised settings, was well-tolerated by most patients, and was effective at promoting abstinence from opioids. The administration of Suboxone in non-inpatient treatment settings makes this medication highly beneficial because it is one of the few addiction treatment remedies that can be self-administered without much concern.

According to the Journal of Addiction Medicine, in a study that evaluated the effectiveness of Suboxone, compliance with treatment was outstanding. An overwhelming majority of study participants were successful in abstaining from opioid use during treatment. No safety issues or abuse of Suboxone was identified during the course of the study. A variety of benefits over other similar medications have been reported, which has made Suboxone an increasingly attractive choice for treatment centers and healthcare providers. In fact, its use has steadily increased since it was first introduced.

While Suboxone may be more easily obtained and administered than methadone, it is still highly regulated and somewhat challenging to acquire. Because Suboxone mimics some of the effects of opiate drugs, the medication is sometimes sold illicitly as a product of drug diversion. Concerns such as this have led to strict regulations for the attainment and use of the medication.

Getting Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Harmony Recovery Center offers medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction in the form of Suboxone and naltrexone. Suboxone can begin to be administered in our outpatient detox program and throughout the treatment process, which can include partial-hospitalization and outpatient treatment programs.

If you are suffering from an addiction to opioids, other drugs, or alcohol, call us today! We are ready to help you reclaim your life so you can experience the long-lasting health and well-being you deserve!

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Should I Use Kratom for Opiate Withdrawal?

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Kratom (mitragyna speciosa), a tropical plant from Southeast Asia, is becoming well-known as a potential treatment for opioid dependence. In low doses, it acts as a stimulant, and in higher doses, a sedative. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, its effectiveness and safety regarding addiction treatment lacks concrete evidence and has been associated with some serious risks. 

Kratom has been used by people for centuries as a stimulant and pain reliever. The leaves of kratom, which are from the same family as the coffee plant, can be chewed, dried and smoked, or brewed into tea or placed into capsules. Kratom is structurally different than opioids, but it acts on the same receptors, thereby inducing some opioid-like effects. For this reason, it has found useful by some to reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms commonly associated with cessation of heroin use and other opioids.

Can Kratom Assist in Drug Addiction Treatment?

There is anecdotal evidence that kratom can help in the treatment of opioid addiction by relieving withdrawal symptoms. Kratom’s effects include mild euphoria, sedation, reduced anxiety, and pain relief. These effects make it a potentially helpful tool for opioid dependence. Because kratom works on the same brain receptors as opioids, it can alleviate withdrawal symptoms that result from discontinuation of opioid use. 

However, kratom activates a different class of opioid receptors than heroin or prescription painkillers do. Therefore, it does not induce the same high as many of these other drugs do. Although there is significant anecdotal evidence that suggests that kratom may be an effective tool in treating opioid use disorders, research addressing the scientific validity of kratom’s use in opioid addiction treatment is scarce or nonexistent.

Are There Risks?

Despite the many proponents for kratom’s ability to help with opioid withdrawal, there is still some concern regarding its own addictive properties. While some could argue that this is harm reduction par excellence, experts now believe that kratom does, in fact, have the potential for abuse and addiction following a prolonged period of use. What’s more, because kratom is not regulated by the government or administered by medical professionals, people who choose to use kratom for this purpose are more or less left to their own devices (except for anecdotal information) in figuring out how much to use and how long to use it.

Without regulation, the risks of kratom use may also include the consumption of unintended adulterants. Furthermore, there appear to be some serious side effects associated with kratom use, including paranoia, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, and in some cases, liver damage. 

There is also the risk of legal repercussions of importing or buying kratom. While it’s legal on a federal level and throughout most of the U.S., it is currently illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., Vermont, and Wisconsin. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it was planning on banning kratom but later withdraw this action, saying that more research and time to consider public comments was needed. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved kratom for any legitimate medical use and has warned people to avoid its use.

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Is Kratom Overdose Possible?

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kratom was found to be a cause of death in 91 overdoses from July of 2016 to December of 2017. In seven of those deaths, kratom was the only substance identified in a toxicology test, although the CDC stated that they couldn’t emphatically rule out the presence of other substances.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

As the U.S. confronts a devastating opioid epidemic, Harmony Recovery Centers stays current on all of the possibilities that may make opioid addiction treatment a more successful and comfortable experience. Although anecdotal evidence shows some promise for kratom’s ability to be beneficial in opioid addiction treatment, there is little scientific evidence to support up these claims. As such, we do not suggest using kratom for this purpose. Instead, we encourage individuals to undergo long-term, intensive treatment, and different forms of medication-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone and naltrexone therapy.

We offer comprehensive programs in both partial hospitalization and outpatient formats that consist of evidence-based services that are essential for the process of recovery. These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Peer group support
  • Health and wellness education
  • Substance abuse education
  • Treatment for co-occurring conditions
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Art and music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Aftercare planning

If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to opioids, we urge you to contact us today! We ensure that our clients receive all the tools and support they need to reclaim their lives once and for all, free from the use of drugs and alcohol!

Signs That a Loved One Is a Crack Addict

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Crack is widely regarded as the most addictive form of cocaine. Rather than being snorted intranasally, however, crack is typically smoked. A crack “rock” can be found in various forms, many of which appear as a crystalline compound. 

Once consumed, crack induces a short burst of euphoria that lasts just a few minutes, and is generally shorter than a traditional cocaine high. Due to its extremely brief but intense high, crack is believed to be even more habit-forming than regular cocaine, as users looking to maintain a high must accelerate the cycle of use. This binge-crash pattern can persist uninterrupted for days on end. 

Signs of Symptoms Commonly Exhibited by a Crack Addict

Effects of crack use generally include the following:

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Increased alertness
  • Excited state
  • Elevated mood
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Intense cravings for more

The initial euphoria induced by crack use can quickly devolve into feelings of depression and paranoia when the initial rush subsides. A person on crack or coming down from it may falsely believe that someone is trying to attack them and engage in aggressive and risky behavior.

Side Effects

A crack addict will also likely experience a litany of adverse side effects, which may include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Coughing/wheezing (“crack lung”)

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General Signs of Drug Addiction

The following are signs that a person is suffering from drug addiction:

  • Needing increasing amounts of a substance to achieve the desired effects (tolerance)
  • Experiencing adverse effects or withdrawal symptoms when the drug’s effects wear off (dependence)
  • Continuing to use a drug despite the negative impact it has on one’s life, health, family, and friends
  • Spending a significant amount of time thinking about obtaining and using a substance
  • Being frequently unable to control the use of a substance, such as using more or for a longer time than originally intended
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were formerly enjoyed or important
  • Neglect of everyday responsibilities, such as work, school, and household chores or personal hygiene
  • Driving or engaging in other risky behavior while intoxicated
  • Borrowing or stealing money or other items to get cash to buy drugs
  • Other are complaining that there has been a noticeable negative change in one’s behavior
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Unkempt appearance or uncleanliness, such as not showering for days or weeks
  • Socializing with others who do drugs

Crack Cocaine Overdose

Many believe that the use of crack and crack cocaine is not the problem that it once was as everyone is focused on the opioid epidemic. However, cocaine in its various forms is involved in thousands of overdose deaths each year, and many of these fatalities are also related to opioids and other substances. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among all 2017 overdose fatalities, 13,942 (19.8%) involved cocaine, and 10,333 (14.7%) involved other stimulants.

Crack overdose symptoms are very similar to those induced by traditional cocaine use. However, these symptoms may onset more rapidly. They include the following:

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid pulse even while resting
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Hallucinations
  • Weak pulse and low blood pressure
  • Decreased respiration rate
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Vomiting in excess or retching
  • Hyperactivity
  • Confusion
  • Trembling and fidgeting
  • Uncontrollable energy or mania
  • Severe agitation
  • Angry or violent behavior
  • Paranoia or abnormal thoughts
  • Excessive itching
  • Feeling of bugs under skin
  • Coma

An overdose of cocaine is a potentially life-threatening event, and if you or someone you know appears to be experiencing an overdose call 911 immediately.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

Fortunately, a crack addict can be treated through the use of a comprehensive, customized treatment plan. As part of our treatment programs, Recovery By The Sea offers clinically-proven therapies and services, including behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and much, much more.

Recovery from addiction can be a lifelong process, but no one should have to battle it alone. Participation in evidence-based treatment has been shown to improve outcomes and help people sustain long-term recovery. A person who attempts to quit the use of crack abruptly and without help is much more likely to experience intense feelings of severe anxiety and depression, as well as suffer a relapse.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, contact us today! Discover how we help those who need it most overcome substance abuse and reclaim the healthy, fulfilling lives they deserve!

Cocaine Detox

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While cocaine detox may not be as intense as withdrawal from other drugs or alcohol, it does come with its own set of challenges. Detoxing from some substances, such as alcohol, can cause severe or even life-threatening physical symptoms. Cocaine withdrawal, however, leads to mostly psychological or cognitive symptoms.

Symptoms of cocaine detox may include the following:

  • Impaired concentration
  • Slowed thinking
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Diminished libido
  • Anhedonia
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Vivid dreams or nightmares
  • Increased appetite
  • Drug cravings

When Is a Cocaine Detox Necessary?

A detox for cocaine may be administered on an outpatient basis, but an inpatient medical detox may be the wisest choice in some cases. If relapse was a problem during a previous attempt to detox, around-the-clock supervision offered by a medical detox may be beneficial. Moreover, if a person has a history of depression or suicidal thoughts, medical detox is usually recommended to ensure that the person is safe and supported emotionally during the process of withdrawal.

If the person using cocaine also suffers from any co-occurring mental health disorders, a medical detox should be immediately followed by comprehensive treatment. Both the symptoms of withdrawal and mental health issues should be treated simultaneously.

Among the more problematic effects associated with stimulant withdrawal are severe depression and an increased risk of suicide. Persons who abruptly stop using cocaine use after addiction has developed can experience depression and extreme mood swings, including suicidal ideations and behaviors.

These effects can occur because the brain will have grown accustomed to elevated dopamine activity caused by regular cocaine abuse. Over time, the brain’s pleasure and reward centers are basically hijacked, and tolerance and dependence will develop as a result.

By this point, the cocaine user will often require increasing amounts of the drug to experience the desired effect. Without it, they are apt to feel extremely depressed and unsatisfied with life. 

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Withdrawal Timeline

Acute cocaine withdrawal symptoms tend to subside by around 7-10 days. As with many substances, however, cravings may persist for an extended period and could onset suddenly, even years after a person has entered recovery.

Cocaine has an extremely short half-life, and for those who are dependent, symptoms of withdrawal can occur as quickly as 90 minutes after the last use. The timeline and duration of withdrawal symptoms, however, can vary depending on individual factors.

Some key factors that affect the cocaine detox timeline and withdrawal symptoms include the following:

Duration of Use and Typical Amount Administered

Those who use cocaine for a relatively brief period may encounter withdrawal symptoms that are also short in duration. On the other hand, those who have abused cocaine for years may experience withdrawal symptoms that persist for weeks, in part due to the vast accumulation of the drug in their system.

Also, people who have cocaine in excessive amounts may experience more intense withdrawal symptoms than a person who has traditionally administered lower doses.

A Word on Polysubstance Abuse and Dependence
A person who has developed a dependence on two or more substances may encounter withdrawal symptoms associated with both. This may complicate the withdrawal timeline and make the experience more unpleasant and dangerous for the person who is detoxing, especially if they do not seek medical help. For example, it’s not uncommon for people to abuse cocaine in combination with alcohol, and alcohol withdrawal itself can be life-threatening.

Environment 

If cocaine was being used as a means of escaping from a particularly stressful environment, additional stress might lead to the desire to use it again. Moreover, environmental factors that provoke stressful feelings, such as relationship problems or work challenges, may induce intense cravings for more cocaine. This added stress can hinder the emotional process of withdrawal.

Co-occurring Medical or Mental Health Disorders

If a person experiences co-occurring medical or mental health conditions, the cocaine withdrawal process may be more severe and complicated. Mental illnesses, such as anxiety or depression, may be likely to intensify and will require additional treatment by professionals who can offer help and support.

Treatment for Cocaine Withdrawal

Unfortunately, there are no prescription drugs currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cocaine detox. However, there are a few medications that may help people by relieving both the acute and long-term symptoms of withdrawal. For example, medications indicated to treat depression and anxiety disorders may be helpful for those going through cocaine withdrawal, as they are often effective at stabilizing a patient’s mood and improving outcomes. 

After detox, patients are urged to enroll in an intensive addiction treatment program, such as one offered by Harmony Recovery Center. In doing so, patients can take advantage of integrated, evidence-based modalities, such as behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, and aftercare planning. 

You can restore harmony and well-being to your life, free of drugs and alcohol! Contact us today and learn how we can help!

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Subutex Withdrawal Symptoms and Detox

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Many individuals who have a dependence on opioids are sometimes prescribed Subutex (buprenorphine) to treat their addiction, but this drug itself also has some potential for abuse. While symptoms do vary in intensity and duration, regarding buprenorphine withdrawal, it’s helpful to know what, on average, a person can expect.

Subutex is the brand name for buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist. As such, the drug’s activation of opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CNS) is minimal compared to full opioid agonists, such as heroin, fentanyl, and hydrocodone. Subutex is administered sublingually (placed under the tongue), where they then dissolve.

When a full opioid agonist binds to a receptor, it activates the receptor to the fullest amount possible and induces euphoria and pain relief rapidly. This mechanism renders full opioid agonists effective but also very addictive.

A partial opioid agonist, such as buprenorphine, does not work in exactly the same way. Opioid receptors are only minimally activated, so all effects are reduced. As a result, the euphoria is not as profound as that associated with heroin. A person may not experience as much pain relief, and the time of onset is significantly more gradual. 

This limitation of effects is purely by design. Because Subutex is a partial opioid agonist, this reduces the risk of being abused in the same manner in which full opioid agonists often are. This limitation is also the reason why it is used to treat opioid addiction.

Moreover, Subutex facilitates a switch to a less addictive opioid, while still satisfying a person’s craving for opioids without the use of more potent substances, such as heroin. Another benefit is that physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can occur upon discontinuation of use are not as intense as they would be with full opioid agonists. Thus, cravings for buprenorphine will likely be easier to manage.

Subutex vs. Suboxone

Another brand name medication that includes buprenorphine is Suboxone, which contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it completely blocks receptors by preventing other opioids from attaching using a method known as competitive binding.

As noted, however, when buprenorphine is used by itself, it still has the potential for abuse. This drug has been misused both by legitimate patients and those who do so for recreational purposes. People have experienced overdoses as a result of misusing Subutex, such as by dissolving the film strips in water and then injecting the solution into veins. In doing so, the digestive system is bypassed, and the opioid is sent directly into the bloodstream.

Indeed, some medications used to treat opioid addiction can have a dark side. Many who have been prescribed them for this purpose misuse them, believing that it is safer than abusing the other drugs in which they received treatment. While it’s true that when used as directed, buprenorphine is most certainly safer than heroin or fentanyl, but when misused, it still has the potential for addiction and overdose.

Subutex Withdrawal: Timeline and Effects

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As an opioid, buprenorphine can induce withdrawal symptoms, not unlike those of heroin and other more potent opioids. In general, however, symptoms tend to be significantly milder in nature. These may include the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose and teary eyes
  • Fever, sweats, or chills
  • Body aches and pain
  • Sleep disturbances such as insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation

During buprenorphine withdrawal, the first symptoms are usually not encountered until after about 30 hours of the last dose. This is a much longer time to onset when compared to 6-12 hours for heroin or oxycodone. At this time, people will typically experience muscle pain, teary eyes, runny nose, and other flu-like symptoms. Psychological symptoms can include agitation, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety.

The next set of symptoms will have manifested by around three days into withdrawal and can include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, stomach cramps, profound depression, as well as intense cravings for more buprenorphine or other opioids.

Physical withdrawal symptoms for buprenorphine should subside after about one week. However, psychological symptoms can endure for much longer, often for weeks or possibly months. It is during this time that people are at a high risk of experiencing intense cravings for buprenorphine or opioids, and without further treatment, relapse is an unfortunate possibility. 

For this reason, it is vital that people seek the help of a professional addiction treatment center to address withdrawal symptoms, receive support, and identify the underlying causes for the continued drug abuse. Moreover, completion of the acute withdrawal process does not necessarily indicate a person will experience prolonged success at recovery. People with opioid addictions should undergo long-term therapy and counseling to address the mental health effects of opioid abuse.

Treatment for Subutex withdrawal can be performed in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Which option is most appropriate will largely depend upon the severity of drug abuse or addiction. If the person is using buprenorphine to treat a pre-existing opioid addiction, the health provider might recommend a tapering schedule in which they are gradually weaned off buprenorphine. In doing so, the person’s body is given time to adjust to the reduced opioid presence. 

Conversely, those who were abusing buprenorphine for non-medical or recreational purposes might be advised to undergo a full detox. In either case, naltrexone, a non-opioid treatment for opioid dependence, may be administered once the body is free of opioids to help reduce cravings and facilitate this process.

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Getting Treatment for Opioid Addiction

As the treatment process continues, patients will be encouraged to meet with more addiction treatment providers to further address their mental and emotional health as well as other factors that contributed to their addiction. Such treatment programs have been clinically proven to be extremely beneficial for patients in promoting sustainable, long-term recovery.

Without comprehensive treatment, the chance of a person reverting back to the abuse of buprenorphine or other opioids increases significantly. Rehab can be challenging, but the support it provides can help people control their addictive behaviors for years to come.

Harmony Recovery Center offers different forms of support to help our patients continue the challenging work required for recovery. We teach people how to use healthy coping mechanisms that can effectively prevent relapse and help them to identify triggers and make better decisions in their lives.

Our comprehensive treatment programs are customized to meet each individuals’ needs and goals, and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Partial hospitalization programs
  • Intensive and regular outpatient programs
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Peer support groups
  • Art, music, and adventure therapy
  • Substance abuse education
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Aftercare planning

This multifaceted approach may seem overwhelming to some, but it is critical to understand it’s long-term value. The use of a variety of approaches and a long-term plan for ongoing aftercare support can help individuals learn how to handle stress better while they focus on their recovery.

Contact us today if you are ready to reclaim your life and break free from the cycle of addiction, once and for all! We are dedicated to providing our clients with the tools and support they need to sustain long-term recovery, health, and wellness!

Dangers of Shake and Bake Meth

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Reports have surfaced that meth users across the U.S. have begun to make “shake and bake” meth. Named for the simplicity in which it is prepared, this method of making methamphetamine is easy and quick, but also extremely dangerous.

Using the typical method, the process for producing meth includes cooking the ingredients to extremely high temperatures. The “shake and bake” process doesn’t require any heat, however. 

Also, to create a useful and profitable batch of meth, the makes would need to buy many packages of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine. Buyers would have to visit a multitude of stores to evade the federal regulations on how many products an individual may purchase. The “shake and bake” method uses much less pseudoephedrine, so a meth producer can buy it without drawing attention to themselves.

The Risks of “Shake and Bake”

In conventional production labs, the risks of making meth include explosion and fire. This new method poses an even greater risk of life-threatening fires and burns due to the way that it is mixed. The toxic chemicals and pseudoephedrine used to make meth are placed in a two-liter plastic soda bottle. The ingredients are then shaken instead of being cooked to produce a crystalline powder that can be used in the same way regular meth is used.

If you have ever shaken a bottle of soda by mistake, you would know that when you open the lid, the pressure inside produces an explosion of foam. The same physics applies to “shake and bake” meth. Pressure inside the bottle accumulates as the chemical reactions occur, and dangerous effects that are possible. 

If oxygen gets inside the bottle, the contents may explode. This can happen if the lid is removed too soon or too rapidly or the plastic is perforated, and it can cause a potentially lethal reaction.

In addition to the possibility of injury or death caused by the chemical reactions, the residual materials from successful batches of meth are considered to be poisonous. Instead of disposing of them, drug users often leave these toxic residues where anyone (even children) can be exposed to them without being aware of it.

The Ultimate Price of Using Shake and Bake Meth 

The ingredients and method employed to produce shake and bake meth are incredibly dangerous, and many individuals have been injured. According to a 2012 report from NBC News, medical treatment for severe burns that a person can sustain from one these them explosions is upwards of $6,000 per day. Depending on the duration of the stay, a patient may incur $130,000 in treatments, which is much greater than the amount that other burn victims’ treatments cost.

From the report:

“It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment—a burden so costly that it’s contributing to the closure of some burn units.”

In addition to the cost of medical care to the oft uninsured meth makers, there is the cost of combatting the illicit activity and removing the noxious mess that is leftover. According to reports, unfortunately, the number of meth labs is growing throughout the U.S., and many of them are adopting the shake-and-bake method.

Burn experts report that the yearly cost to taxpayers is into the tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars. However, it is not possible to determine an exact number due to so many meth users and producers lying about the circumstances that caused their burns.

Symptoms of Meth Use

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Regardless of the method used, meth abusers may exhibit many different physical or behavioral symptoms. The most common signs of meth abuse include the following:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Facial tics and twitching
  • Jerky movements
  • Hyperactivity
  • Skin sores
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Loss of appetite
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Burns on lips or fingers
  • Odd sleeping patterns
  • Rotting teeth or “meth mouth”
  • Mood swings
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Tweaking 

Treatment Is Available for Meth Addiction

No matter how much or how long a person has been using meth, help is available. You or your loved one can halt the impact of meth on your life, even if you have not hit “rock bottom”—you must do this before it’s too late.

Harmony Recovery Center is a specialized treatment facility dedicated to helping people break free from the chains of addiction and foster healthier, more satisfying lives.

Treatment can be challenging, but it is worth the effort to ensure that you or your loved one is safe and healthy after overcoming this horrible disease. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the tools and support they need to recover and maintain long-lasting sobriety.

If you or your loved one are prepared to take the first step in reclaiming your life, contact us as soon as possible. We can help you break free from the cycle of addiction and steer you toward a more fulfilling life!

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Adderall Crash

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Adderall Crash: Coming Down From a Stimulant – Adderall is a prescription medication that includes a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.

Adderall is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant classified as a Schedule II substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule II drugs have some medical purposes but are also considered to have a high potential for abuse and dependence.

The effects of this stimulant will begin to subside after six or more hours after intake, resulting in a crash or come down. A person will then start to experience what, in many ways, is basically the opposite of the drug’s desired effects. They may encounter anger, rage, irritability, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and fatigue.

Adderall crash is not the same as Adderall withdrawal. Nonetheless, symptoms related to either condition can become present several hours after the last dose has been ingested.

Abuse of Adderall

While there are numerous medical uses for stimulant drugs, they are also abused by many people. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 18.6 million Americans aged 12 and older used prescription stimulants in the past year.

These included both those who were given prescriptions by physicians and those who obtained them through other avenues. Of those more than 18 million users, around 5.8 million reported misusing prescription stimulants in the past year.

Misuse or abuse includes using the drug in higher amounts, more frequently, or for longer than instructed by a doctor. It also includes using it in other ways in which it was not intended, such as crushing the powder and snorting it. Finally, using Adderall without a prescription is also considered to be abuse.

Abuse of Adderall and other stimulants is especially prevalent among young adults. In fact, it is estimated that more than 2.5 million Americans aged 18-25 misused prescription stimulants in the past year, reflecting about 7.4% of that specific age group.

Who Abuses Adderall?

People may misuse prescription stimulants in numerous ways. Some people consume them orally, some dissolve the powder in water after crushing tablets and then injecting it, and others smoke or snort the powder.

One of the primary reasons a person may misuse stimulants is because they erroneously believe that it will boost their cognitive abilities. Students may abuse them to help them study, cram for tests, work on projects, or otherwise try to improve their academic performance.

Other reasons may include to increase one’s energy and/or to lose weight. People who work very long shifts, such as truck drivers, have also been known to abuse stimulants like Adderall.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2006-2007), students in college full-time between ages 18-22 were more than twice as likely to have abused Adderall in the past year as those of the same age who did not attend college full-time.

Also, those who misused Adderall tended to engage in other forms of substance abuse. For example, these full-time students were five times more likely to have misused prescription opioids and eight times more likely to have abused prescription sedatives or cocaine. They were also three times as likely to have used marijuana in the past year, and nearly 90% had binged on alcohol.

Dangers of Adderall

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There are many risks associated both with proper prescription stimulant use and abuse. Common side effects of Adderall include the following:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation

Severe side effects of Adderall may include:

  • Aggression
  • Psychosis
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizure
  • Death

Misusing Adderall is particularly dangerous for several reasons. When a person receives an Adderall prescription, the prescriber should carefully monitor the person for any adverse effects. However, if the person obtains Adderall illicitly, they are using it without vital medical supervision.

Also, a person who is misusing Adderall may be taking much higher doses than prescribed, and therefore increasing the risk of dangerous effects. High doses of stimulants can cause heartbeat abnormalities, heart failure, dangerously high body temperature, seizures, and overdose.

Abusing prescription stimulants can cause extreme anger, paranoia, and psychosis. Furthermore, a person who has obtained Adderall from an illicit source may unknowingly be ingesting a different drug or Adderall laced with another substance. Thus, they may be at an increased risk for unpredictable, dangerous effects.

Adderall Overdose Symptoms

Possible signs and symptoms of an overdose of a prescription stimulant include the following:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Overactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Panic
  • Confusion
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle weakness or pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Coma and death

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have overdosed on Adderall or another stimulant, please call 911 immediately.

Experiencing the Adderall Crash

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The abuse of stimulants can lead to the development of a substance use disorder. Using stimulants for a prolonged period, even when using them as directed, can lead to the development of tolerance. As tolerance builds, the person will need to use more of a drug to achieve the desired effect.

A person may also develop dependence, which is a condition in which their body depends on the drug to function normally. If a dependent person abruptly stops taking prescription stimulants, they will encounter withdrawal symptoms, such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Lack of motivation

Withdrawal Medications

Certain medications may be helpful when a person is withdrawing from Adderall. Importantly, however, these should only be used only under the supervision of a medical provider or addiction specialist. These medications can be administered in either an inpatient or outpatient setting and may include the following:

Modafinil – a mild stimulant that can reduce the fatigue that may be encountered during withdrawal.

Propranolol – a beta-blocker that can relieve anxiety associated with withdrawal.

Bupropion – a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) that can reduce unpleasant mood symptoms that may occur during withdrawal.

For most people with a stimulant use disorder, discontinuing drug use, and going through detox is not enough to promote lasting recovery. Anyone with a substance use disorder should, therefore, seek professional treatment.

Getting Treatment for Adderall Addiction

Treatment can help with the development of coping techniques and relapse prevention plans. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can teach a person how to alter unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This therapy can help individuals addicted to stimulants better manage stress and triggers and change their expectations about drug use and related behaviors.

It is essential to remember that the Adderall crash a person may encounter after discontinuing use is temporary. However, even after withdrawal symptoms subside, a person may still have cravings, especially when they encounter triggers. For this reason and others, it is imperative to enroll in a treatment program that helps people develop coping skills and prepares them for long-lasting recovery.

Harmony Treatment and Wellness offers comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs in both partial hospitalization and outpatient formats. We know how challenging it can be for people to get clean on their own, and we believe that those who suffer from addiction deserve the very best treatment available.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the abuse of Adderall, other drugs, or alcohol, contact us today! Find out how we help people free themselves from the chains of addiction and foster healthier, more fulfilling lives!

Taking an Oral Drug Test

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Taking an Oral Drug Test – Historically, urinalysis has been the most widely used drug testing method. However, oral drug tests, also known as saliva tests or mouth swabs, have become more prevalent in recent years. There are certain advantages to performing this type of analysis.

For example, it’s cost-effective, easily administered, and can be conducted anywhere. Moreover, police officers and employers can instantly check for drug use without having to mess with urine samples.

Oral Drug Tests

10-panel oral drug tests can detect the presence of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Methaqualone (quaaludes)
  • Opiates
  • Opioids
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
NOTE: Some opiates such as heroin are converted back into morphine in the body, meaning that they are detected as such on drug tests. For this reason, specific testing for these is not usually necessary.

A 12-panel oral test can also check for buprenorphine, fentanyl, and tramadol. A 5-panel screen can only detect drugs out of the first five categories on the above list. The more drugs a test can identify, the more expensive it will be to purchase.

Oral drug tests are excellent for determining if someone has used drugs very recently. However, due to their relatively short detection windows, they are not able to detect use beyond a few days before testing. The benefit of using oral mouth swabs is that traces of drugs can be found in saliva much sooner than in urine.

Oral Drug Test Detection Windows for Common Drugs
  • Marijuana: 12-24 hours
  • Cocaine: 24 hours
  • Opiates: 2-3 days
  • Methamphetamine: 2-4 days
  • Alcohol: 6-12 hours

Who Performs Oral Drug Tests?

Businesses are most likely to conduct saliva tests. They may do so to test current staff or before hiring new employees. Although these tests can be performed routinely, they may be more likely to be conducted when an accident occurs or after an employee returns from an extended leave of absence.

That said, oral drug tests are also becoming more common among law enforcement because they are less expensive and easier to perform than urine tests. They can often detect drug use sooner than a urine analysis can.

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How Are Oral Drug Tests Administered?

Performing an oral drug test is fast and simple. A swab that resembles a toothbrush or a big Q-tip is positioned between the cheek and lower gum for 2-3 minutes. After saliva is absorbed into it, it will reveal a positive or negative result in just minutes.

Why Are These Tests Effective?

The accuracy of an oral drug test depends on several factors, but it should be very reliable if administered correctly. Moreover, the sample collection should be performed within the appropriate detection window, using a swab of good quality. If administered randomly, the person should not be given any time to potentially tamper with the results.

If you are working at a company that often performs random drug testing, failing one of these tests could lead to significant trouble—often termination.

Common Oral Drug Tests

If you are seeking to test new or current employees, investing in one of the following drug screening kits might be a good option:

SalivaConfirm™ Premium Saliva 5-Panel Drug Test – This test will identify the presence of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, and opiates.

6-Panel Oratect® Saliva Drug Test – This tool will check for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, PCP, methamphetamines, and opiates.

SalivaConfirm™ 12-Panel Drug Test + ALC – This oral screening tool can detect the use of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Buprenorphine
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl
  • Marijuana
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates
  • Oxycodone

Other Types of Drug Screening Tools

As noted, urine tests are still the most common tests used to check for drug use. However, blood and hair follicle tests are two other possible methods. Blood tests are not routinely conducted in many cases, as they are both expensive and invasive. Employers may in some instances administer hair follicle tests if they want a long-term detection window (e.g., up to 90 days).

Treatment for Substance Abuse

If you know in advance that you might be subject to a drug test, the best approach is to halt drug use immediately. Depending on the severity of your drug problem, you also may want to consider seeking professional treatment. Many companies will permit this and consider it a type of medical leave.

If you are using substances while on the job, you are urged to seek help as soon as possible. You or someone else could be injured, or you may be swiftly terminated from your job.

Harmony Recovery Center offers evidence-based services, delivered in both partial hospitalization and outpatient formats. Approaches such as psychotherapy and counseling can help you identify the underlying motivations for drug use and change your thoughts to cope with stress and triggers in a healthier way.

If you are worried that you are going to fail a drug test, or if you are simply seeking professional help for substance use, contact us today! Let us help you break free from the chains of addiction and foster the healthy and fulfilling life you deserve!

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What Are Poppers?

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Poppers are liquid inhalant drugs that can induce an immediate high when inhaled. The effects of poppers onset rapidly and include dizziness, warm sensations, elevated heart rate, and headaches. Poppers have seen widespread recreational use.

The drug can produce brief euphoric effects and act as a sex enhancer. They are sometimes marketed as deodorizers or leather cleaners, although people never use them for these purposes. Although intense, most of the euphoric effects subside quickly, typically within a few minutes.

Are Poppers Safe?

The answer is no! These drugs are considered unsafe for humans to use. Inhaling poppers can cause irregular and accelerated heart rate. Taking the drug in this way can be life-threatening, and result in a syndrome known as “sudden sniffing death syndrome,” which is the most common cause of inhalant-related deaths.

Also, the use of poppers can lead to other complications that have the potential to be lethal. The drug can cause a life-threatening condition in which the body produces too much methemoglobin, a substance found in red blood cells.

Using poppers may also result in severe brain or eye damage. For example, research in animals has shown that chemicals in poppers may be toxic to the brain and impair learning and memory.

It is also possible to induce temporary or permanent vision loss. This effect may occur because chemicals in the drugs cause retinal damage.

Some experts suggest that the use of poppers may also lead to risky, impulsive sexual activity, thus increasing the chances of contracting blood-borne diseases such as HIV. In addition, research from 2017 linked long-term popper use in males who have sexual intercourse with other men to a higher risk of cancers related to viruses and sexually-transmitted infections.

Some people combine poppers with erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra. This behavior can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, which can be fatal.

Mixing poppers with alcohol is also dangerous and can lead to a profound decrease in blood pressure. Alcohol can increase the risk of unwanted effects, such as dizziness and lightheadedness.

What Are The Effects Of Poppers?

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People use poppers to experience pleasurable feelings or euphoria, but some have found the high to be uncomfortable and disorienting. They act mainly as vasodilators, meaning that they dilate blood vessels.

Vasodilation can cause the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • A sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Flushed skin
  • Warm bodily sensations

If blood pressure falls too low, it may cause fainting or unconsciousness, leading to falls and injuries. Some people report that using poppers intensifies their sexual pleasure. However, they can reduce the ability to achieve or maintain an erection.

Other Side Effects

Poppers can cause many other unwanted side effects, such as the following:

Headaches – Because the use of poppers causes blood vessels in the brain to expand, headaches often result. They can vary in severity and may persist for some time after the drug’s euphoric effects subside.

Respiratory Problems – Inhaling strong chemicals can affect breathing and other respiratory tract functions. As a result, this can lead to sinus problems and wheezing.

Skin Lesions – Crusty skin sores may occur around the nose, lips, and other areas exposed to fumes produced by poppers.

Allergic Reactions – Scented poppers can cause problems for those who are allergic to certain fragrances.

Eye Pressure – Amyl nitrite, which is sometimes used as a popper, can increase the levels of fluid in the eyes, thereby causing intraocular pressure. This effect can be hazardous for people who have or are at risk of glaucoma.

Other adverse reactions include chest pain, nausea, impaired coordination, and nosebleeds.

Who Uses Poppers?

Historically, doctors prescribed amyl nitrite to people with heart conditions, and it is currently still used today to treat cyanide poisoning. More recently, the use of poppers has been associated with the LGBTQ community, possibly because it can facilitate certain sexual practices. Use may also increase sexual arousal and intensify climax.

A 2010 study found that, between 2002-2007, amyl nitrite use was consistent among “sexual minority men” in New York. The use of this drug has remained steady despite a significant decrease in the use of other drugs, such as ecstasy and ketamine (Special K).

However, people of all ages and sexual orientations may use poppers. Indeed, a study involving medical students in Great Britain found that 10% reported having used poppers at least once.

Treatment for Drug Abuse

People who use poppers also often engage in the abuse of other substances, such as alcohol. Those who are struggling with substance abuse or addiction are urged to seek help as soon as possible.

Harmony Recovery Center offers integrated programs in both partial-hospitalization and outpatient formats. These programs include evidence-based services, such as psychotherapy, counseling, group support, aftercare, and more. We are committed to ensuring each client receives the tools and support they need to experience a full recovery.

Contact us today to discuss treatment options, and discover how we help people break the cycle of addiction for life!

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Vicodin Addiction

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Vicodin Addiction – Vicodin is an opioid medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain. Unfortunately, it also has a high potential for abuse and dependence. Harmony Recovery is a specialized treatment center that offers support for those seeking to overcome Vicodin addiction. Although recovery may be challenging, with the right resources and professional help, it is entirely possible.

What Is Vicodin?

Vicodin is an opioid medication that consists of a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Together, these substances can be very effective at relieving pain. When used as directed and for a brief period, Vicodin can improve a person’s comfort and quality of life.

If you are dependent on Vicodin, you are not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from an addiction Vicodin and other opioids. Vicodin may be abused for a few different reasons. Often, people with a legitimate prescription for Vicodin experience an increase in tolerance over time. This effect means that they need to use larger amounts to achieve pain relief.

However, some people also misuse the drug for its ability to induce feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Others buy Vicodin illicitly from dealers because they suffer from chronic pain, but are unable to obtain their own prescription.

But any short-term effects that a person feels are positive will ultimately be overshadowed by the adverse effects of abuse. Even in the short term, Vicodin can result in slowed breathing, constipation, impaired judgment, and loss of consciousness.

Using it in an excessive amount can lead to an overdose, which can be life-threatening. Also, chronic use can result in addiction, an increase in the overall perception of pain, and a myriad of other health complications.

Vicodin Addiction: Recovery Timeline

Once you’ve developed an addiction to Vicodin, recovery will take time. There’s no miracle cure or instant fix for this problem. The recovery timeline starts with withdrawal. A medically-supervised environment is advised as it allows people to withdraw safely. It also prevents relapse and represents a person’s willingness to commit to a positive change.

Detox can last for several days. Following this process, patients enter long-term treatment for drug addiction. This treatment consists of several therapeutic modalities, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Group support

During rehab, a patient is encouraged to uncover the underlying reasons why they began abusing Vicodin in the first. In addition to medical reasons, many people have mental illness and use substances as a means to self-medicate.

Following rehab, recovery is still ongoing. Patients will likely need continual support in the form of counseling and peer groups. Long-term sobriety occurs on a day to day basis and is not something that can be achieved and then neglected. Those in recovery need to take care of themselves and be mindful of their sobriety for the rest of their lives.

Preparing for Vicodin Withdrawal

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Many people avoid addiction treatment because they are dreading withdrawal. Vicodin withdrawal can be very unpleasant, and unaddressed symptoms can become severe. Fortunately, medical supervision can increase the safety of detox and reduce pain and discomfort.

During the withdrawal process, patients can expect a variety of side effects. These effects can include the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Under medical supervision, many of these symptoms can be relieved using medication-assisted treatment.

It’s also possible to temporarily experience rebound pain. Because Vicodin alters the way the body responds to and feels pain, withdrawal can be extraordinarily uncomfortable. Fortunately, this renewed sensitivity to pain is temporary, and there are many healthier ways to address pain management moving forward.

The Full Spectrum of Care for Recovery

Recovery is about so much more than just achieving abstinence. It’s also about learning how to maintain a sober lifestyle for years to come—and, hopefully, the rest of your life. The full spectrum of care begins with detox and continues with comprehensive treatment, relapse prevention, and improved approaches to pain management.

Moreover, relapse happens to more than half of all patients who receive treatment. Relapse prevention is a primary focus, as all patients learn coping mechanisms and techniques to reduce cravings.

Patients are also taught that relapse should not be considered the ultimate failure. On the contrary, relapse is often a part of the recovery process. Relapse presents the opportunity for a learning experience that teaches people how to avoid making the same mistakes again and again.

For some, pain management programs may also be a vital part of recovery. This fact is especially important for those who initially began using Vicodin for the treatment of chronic pain.

Overcoming Vicodin Addiction

Whether you opt for partial-hospitalization or outpatient programs, Harmony Recovery Center can help you through the recovery process.

Vicodin addiction can be debilitating, but it’s not irreversible. People who receive professional help are better equipped to overcome addiction for life! Contact us today to find out how we can help!