Detoxing From Vicodin
As with any drug, fighting an addiction to Vicodin is a tough thing to do, and it goes without saying that detoxing from Vicodin is one of the hardest parts. Although it’s not as addictive as heroin or cigarettes (cigarettes have been noted to be one of the hardest substances to quit), it still comes with a struggle — but it’s a struggle that can be easily won with a little extra knowledge. Here are some useful tips and fact to help you or your loved one on the road to recovery:
- First, it’s important to know that Vicodin has a fairly high success rate for detoxification in the U.S., so with discipline and strength of will, you could be well on your way to recovery. Something you probably didn’t know is that although Vicodin is the most prescribed opiate painkiller in the country, evidence shows that it also has a very high success rate of completing detox.
- By not properly detoxing from Vicodin, the substance abuser is actively setting themselves up to begin experimenting with more potent and dangerous drugs like heroin and Oxycontin. In the world of prescription drugs, Vicodin is just as much of a “gateway drug” as anything else. A 2016 study by the National Safety Council found that 4 of 5 heroin addicts started by using doctor-prescribed painkillers.
- The time it takes to detox and return to a normal state from Vicodin use is relatively short. Many people actually report being completely free of the drug and its toxins between 7 to 10 days after beginning detox, although it does also heavily depend on the dosage that the user was taking as well as the length of time the substance was used.