Someone going through Hydrocodone withdrawal is in for a rough time. Withdrawal symptoms typically set in within 6 to 48 hours after the last dose was introduced to the body. Symptoms could last for over a week, and the onset largely depends on the type of Hydrocodone being misused. They start to lessen over the course of the first week, but many users deal with mood problems like depression or anxiety that last even longer. Listed below is the typical timeline for detox and withdrawal of a chronic hydrocodone abuser.
First 48 Hours
The first 48 hours are when symptoms will start to appear. The first is usually an aching of muscles or bones. The next symptom to be experienced may be nausea, sweating, or abdominal cramping. These are often what will drive chronic abusers to turn back to the drug after they have decided to quit.
The next 3 to 5 days will see withdrawal symptoms peak as the body readjusts. It has been fed harmful substances for so long that is depends on them, and the effects of not receiving these substances cause extreme discomfort. Vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, and muscles spasms can occur.
By these days the physical symptoms are mostly over. This, however, leaves the emotional symptoms associated with a dependency on the drug. A lot of user experience depression, anxiety, irritability, and a significant desire to return to using the drug to regain feelings of euphoria. Others may feel shame for their behavior or remorse.
8 and Up
Although detox is over at this point, many symptoms can still remain. There can be lasting damage to the body that must be treated, as well as mental disorders and emotional imbalances that must be addressed.
If you or a loved one is going through withdrawal, it can be made much more successful with the help of a professional team of care experts.