Norco Detox Centers
Norco is part of a larger prescription opioid epidemic. This acetaminophen, hydrocodone combination is a narcotic pain reliever used to treat moderate to moderately severe discomfort. On its own, the acetaminophen poses no risk of addiction, but hydrocodone is classified as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means that it has a high potential for abuse.
According to the DEA, hydrocodone is actually the most prescribed opioid in America. This is probably because it is a component in more than one painkiller. But, nonetheless, the drug is associated with more abuse and diversion than any other in its class. It’s no wonder that users find themselves becoming addicted to Norco.
There are Norco addicts who illegally obtained the drug and used it recreationally. But, there are also those who were given prescriptions and ended up using the drug in a nonmedical manner: using it more often than directed or in larger doses. Sadly, because it is legally dispensed, people often don’t know what they are risking. Overdose often leads to unconsciousness and death; further, large doses of Norco can cause severe liver damage.
For addicts, the answer is clear: professional drug addiction treatment at a qualified rehab center. This should come as no surprise. Opioid addictions, specifically, are quite difficult to break and users require all the help they can get. What may come as a surprise is that professional detoxification should be the first stage of treatment. It leads to better outcomes and increases retention in treatment.
The following discussion will explain detox and cover Norco withdrawals. If you have questions about these topics or about other aspects of Norco addiction and it treatment, call 800-405-2627. You don’t have to figure everything out on your own. There are people waiting to help you. Let them.
What Is Detox?
You are probably used to the word “detox” being linked to exercise, diet, and health trends. People often urge others to use specific teas or to use yoga routines to eliminate or release their body’s toxins. These forms of detox are generally medically questionable. But, professional drug detox is actually founded in medicine and addiction sciences.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, detoxification is “is a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.” It obviously helps a drug user clear drugs and alcohol from their system, but it also tries to limit the physical harm produced by substance abuse.
What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Norco?
Most opioids have the same set of withdrawal symptoms, which set-ion any time long-term use is suspended. Expect them to arrive between 12 and 30 hours after your last dose of Norco. Symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Goose bumps
- Enlarged pupils
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- Abdominal cramping
- Runny nose
- Increased pulse rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- Increased respiratory rate
- Muscle spasms
Generally, more severe addictions lead to more severe symptoms. They can be incapacitating, but they are not life threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms can lead to medical complications, which is another reason that professional detox is so important. Symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting can lead to imbalanced electrolytes and dehydration, which need to be treated. In addition, withdrawal can make existing cardiac problems worse, something that also needs treatment.
How Will Detox Treat My Withdrawals?
The first thing to know is that clinicians are not advised to treat Norco withdrawal without the use of medication. Even mild opioid withdrawals are deeply uncomfortable and withholding medications specifically approved to treat these symptoms is viewed as inhumane by professionals in the field.
Management of withdrawals symptoms using medication is typically achieved through the administration of:
In addition to these medications, patients may receive supplementary medications to ease or alleviate specific symptoms of withdrawal that are not addressed by the primary maintenance medication. For example:
- Tylenol for headaches and bodily aches and pains
- Benadryl for insomnia
- Bantyl for abdominal cramps
In addition, detoxification programs work to educate patients about the detox process. This often reduces discomfort and decreases the chance that the patient will leave the program before its completion.
For more information about the ways that professional detoxification programs can help you to clear the Norco from your system, call 800-405-2627.