- Generic Name or Active Ingridient: Hydrocodone
Lorcet detoxification helps people overcome dependence on this prescription painkiller. Lorcet contains hydrocodone, a powerful opioid analgesic made from derivatives of the opium poppy plant. Hydrocodone was the most widely prescribed drug in 2010, with U.S. pharmacists filling more than 139 million prescriptions for products containing hydrocodone.
While most people use hydrocodone products as directed, nearly 10 percent of Americans use hydrocodone for non-medical purposes either to get high or to treat a condition other than the one the doctor had intended to treat. Anyone who uses Lorcet regularly for therapeutic or non-medical reasons can grow dependent on this opioid. There are about 2 million Americans dependent on opioids like Lorcet.
When someone uses Lorcet regularly for more than a few weeks, his body begins to depend on a certain level of hydrocodone to feel normal - he becomes opioid-dependent. When hydrocodone levels fall rapidly, the opioid-dependent body struggles to maintain chemical stability. Doctors refer to this as detoxification.
Detoxification causes withdrawal symptoms in an opioid-dependent person. Unpleasant, flulike symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose of Lorcet. Left uninterrupted, these symptoms persist for about five days before disappearing on their own as the body completes the detoxification process. These symptoms do not return unless the individual begins taking drugs regularly and again becomes opioid-dependent.
Detoxification can also refer to the medical procedure of decreasing opioid levels and easing withdrawal symptoms. Many detoxification clinics have sprung up around the country, helping patients overcome dependence on Lorcet and other drugs.
These detoxification procedures usually include drugs to lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, such as Imodium to curb diarrhea. These anti-withdrawal drugs do not stop the detoxification process. Someone could stop detoxification and halt withdrawal symptoms at any time by taking more Lorcet. This relapse returns him to an opioid-dependent state.
There are many benefits to Lorcet detoxification. Complete Lorcet detoxification ends withdrawal symptoms permanently, freeing the patient from dependence on drugs. Lorcet detoxification helps patients enter and remain in rehabilitation long enough to reverse the effects of drug abuse. Lorcet detoxification promotes abstinence, decreases relapses and reduces the severity of relapses when they do occur.
Dependence on Lorcet or other drugs adversely affects a patient’s health and well-being. Chronic drug abuse often clouds the individual’s ability to think clearly, causes illnesses, renders him unable to work and separates him from friends and family - detoxification begins to reverse these effects. Lorcet detoxification helps return the patient to his former life.
Types of Detox
Everyone experiences Lorcet dependence in a slightly different way and each person recovers from this illness differently as well. No single treatment plan is appropriate for everyone. One person might require the structure and supervision of around-the-clock care, for example, while another individual needs flexibility to go to work and take care of family while engaging in treatment.
About 10 percent of those who need help with Lorcet detoxification and other substance abuse problems receive it in a specialty facility staffed with workers who receive advanced training in detoxification and rehabilitation techniques. Everyone else tried self-detoxification, or went to a local hospital or mental health institution without specially trained workers.
Admission rates for opioids other than heroin spiked 414 percent in just one decade. In 1997, only seven people in every 100,000 Americans needed help for opioid dependence. By 2007, that number had jumped to 36 opioid-dependent people per 100,000.
Many people attempt Lorcet detoxification at home without drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms or professional guidance. Doctors refer to this as self-detoxification. Patients may try weaning themselves from Lorcet by taking smaller daily doses to allow their bodies to acclimate to lower opioid levels gradually.
The tapering method works well for most people but some prefer to quit cold turkey and face the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms head on. The phrase “cold turkey” refers to the appearance of the patient’s skin during Lorcet: pale, cold and clammy with goose bumps.
Some people use a holistic approach to Lorcet detoxification and incorporate acupuncture, meditation, yoga, massage, or a special diet that includes particular herbs and spices. Chamomile and cayenne, for example, ease diarrhea while ginger and peppermint both relieve nausea.
Others take a scientific approach and use a combination of prescription and non-prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with Lorcet detoxification. One such remedy is The Thomas Recipe, which calls for Xanax or Ativan to calm nerves and help with sleep at night. L-Tyrosine gives a kick of energy while vitamin B6 soothes muscle aches.
Doctors take a medical approach to managing Lorcet dependence, creating individualized treatment plans according to the patient’s personal needs and health status. Some patients can participate in outpatient care while others require more intense treatment in an inpatient facility.
Most outpatient clinics are not equipped to perform Lorcet detoxification, as this lengthy process requires round-the-clock care only found in inpatient settings. Consequently, outpatient clinics usually offer drug maintenance programs that control withdrawal symptoms while the patient engages in rehabilitation. Patients who have been opioid-dependent for more than a year and who require little supervision are good candidates for outpatient therapy.
Outpatient maintenance programs use replacement drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, which delay the detoxification process. These replacement drugs are weak opioids that, when used as directed, stop withdrawal symptoms but do not produce euphoria. Drug maintenance therapy does not bring the patient to a drug-free state; the patient must eventually quit the replacement drug.
The FDA approved methadone for use in the treatment of opioid dependence in 1972. Today, approximately 100,000 Americans use a methadone maintenance program to control a drug habit. These individuals come to an approved outpatient clinic to drink a beverage containing methadone. One dose lasts 24 to 36 hours.
Buprenorphine offers more flexibility and privacy than methadone treatments. Since 2002, federal rules allow doctors to write Lorcet prescriptions for home use; these early laws permitted only patients who had been in treatment for nine months to use buprenorphine at home. In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services eased restrictions even more to allow even new patients to take home enough buprenorphine to last a week or longer.
The patient takes buprenorphine only three times a week. He places the tablet under his tongue where it dissolves.
Suboxone and Subutex
Recreational drug abusers dissolve and inject buprenorphine into a vein to get high. Drug makers respond to this inappropriate use by adding naloxone and selling the combination product under the brand names Suboxone and Subutex. When taken as directed under the tongue, naloxone has little to no effect. When administered intravenously however, naloxone neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine. Naloxone prevents the recreational user from getting high and causes withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent abusers.
Inpatient Lorcet detoxification provides the greatest protection against withdrawal symptoms and complications that can interfere with recovery efforts. Doctors use a variety of medications to address multiple withdrawal symptoms, giving one drug for anxiety and another for diarrhea and so on. Nurses monitor the patient closely and address any complications immediately.
Inpatient Lorcet detoxification treatment is appropriate for almost everyone, from those who could benefit from the extra support of inpatient monitoring and medicines to those who require advanced medical care.
Inpatient care is mandatory for those recovering from Lorcet overdose or who cannot receive treatment safely in an outpatient setting. Patients with serious psychiatric problems that interfere with treatment should engage in inpatient Lorcet detoxification, especially those with acute psychosis or depression including suicidal thoughts. Anyone who could poses a danger to himself or others should seek inpatient care.
People with pre-existing medical conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems should participate in inpatient Lorcet detoxification, as should anyone at increased risk for severe withdrawal symptoms or complications. Inpatient Lorcet detoxification is helpful for those with a documented history of not engaging in or benefitting from less restrictive therapies.
Rapid Opiate Detox
Rapid opiate detox is a safe and effective procedure that rids the body of opiates while the patient rests in a comfortable “twilight sleep.”
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We are a group of highly trained, caring professionals who deliver compassionate care in a fully accredited hospital, staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists and other medical professionals. We opened our doors more than a decade ago and, in those years, we have helped thousands of people complete the detoxification process.
We take a humane approach to Lorcet detoxification - we recognize opioid dependence is a medical condition, not an indication of someone’s moral character. We treat all of our patients as people, not as drug addicts.
We screen patients for underlying conditions that could complicate treatment. We then perform rapid detox to bring the patient to a drug-free state quickly and safely. After he awakens refreshed and renewed, he may participate in our aftercare facility for further treatment.
Each approach to Lorcet detoxification has its benefits and drawback.
Without the cost of anti-withdrawal drugs or professional care, self-detoxification is the least expensive form of detoxification and it does bring patients to a drug-free state. Self-detoxification is also the most private, performed in the home rather than at a public outpatient clinic or hospital. Going cold turkey is associated with a high risk for complications and relapse due to uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms. Using prescription and non-prescription drugs reduces withdrawal symptoms but may increase the risk for drug interactions and other complications.
Outpatient is better than self-detoxification in that it provides medications to control withdrawal symptoms and professional guidance in that it advances recovery and reduces relapse. Outpatient therapy offers more flexibility than inpatient treatment plans. Drug maintenance programs reduce the risk for complications, especially in pregnant women. To its detriment, drug replacement therapy does not bring the patient to an opioid-free state and patients may remain in treatment for months or even years.
Inpatient Lorcet detoxification uses drugs and advanced techniques to bring patients to a drug-free state without uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient care offers more support and structure than self-detoxification or outpatient care. Inpatient care offers fetal monitoring to pregnant women to determine the effects of drug abuse and treatment on the unborn baby.
Inpatient care is better because it offers complete detoxification before the individual engages in rehabilitation. Inpatient care offers more monitoring.
Rapid detox offers superior Lorcet detoxification, bringing the patient to an opioid-free state in just a few hours rather. Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach to Lorcet detoxification, freeing a patient from uncomfortable and demoralizing withdrawal symptoms that prevented him from quitting Lorcet in the past.
Detox Possible Complications
While Lorcet detoxification is not typically a life-threatening procedure, patients sometimes suffer dangerous complications. Pre-existing medical conditions, co-existing substance abuse disorders, pregnancy, and long-term or severe Lorcet use increase the risk for complications.
While each approach to Lorcet detoxification carries its own risks for complications, relapse is the primary complication associated with all Lorcet dependence treatment plans. Relapse increases the risk for fatal overdose, as detoxification reduces the patient’s tolerance to Lorcet and makes him more sensitive to its effects. It is possible for someone to overdose on a weaker dose of Lorcet than he used to take before experiencing even moderate symptoms of withdrawal.
Self Detox Possible Complications
Uncontrolled withdrawal symptoms, underlying medical conditions and co-existing substance abuse issues and the lack of professional guidance increase the risk for complications during self-detoxification. Without medicines to ease withdrawal symptoms and professional guidance, self-detoxification can also worsen an underlying health condition and lead to unexpected, serious complications.
Severe and prolonged vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and imbalances in sodium, potassium and other electrolyte levels. The patient may aspirate, or vomit then inhale stomach contents. Aspiration can result in fluid in the lungs and lung infections.
Unfettered withdrawal and lack of a compassionate support staff increases the risk for relapse during self-detoxification.
Outpatient Care Possible Complications
As with self-detoxification and other treatments for Lorcet dependence, relapse is a major complication to outpatient treatment.
Additionally, some patients become dependent on the replacement drugs and have trouble quitting those at the appropriate time. About one-quarter of all methadone patients quit drugs altogether while another 25 percent remain opioid-dependent forever. The rest - a full 50 percent of all methadone patients - go on and off treatment for the rest of their lives.
Methadone treatment can be life threatening. The number of methadone-related deaths has been increasing at an astonishing rate. In 2009, there were 5.5 times as many deaths associated with methadone as there had been just a decade before.
Inpatient Detox Possible Complications
While inpatient anti-withdrawal drugs and professional monitoring reduces complications associated with Lorcet detoxification, withdrawal from multiple substances, co-existing conditions and reactions to anti-withdrawal drugs may occur.
Rapid Detox Possible Complications
Rarely, patients may suffer an allergic reaction to the drugs used during rapid detox. Additionally, strong sedatives may cause breathing difficulties and changes in the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate. Patients may experience bruising, inflammation or infection at the anesthesia injection site.
Despite decades of medical research and clinical experience with real patients, myths surrounding Lorcet detoxification prevent some people from receiving the help they need.
Self Detox Myths
Myth: Self-detoxification is easy - anyone can do it if he has enough self-control.
Fact: Lorcet detoxification is an intense physiological process that causes uncomfortable and demoralizing symptoms. While self-control is an important part of abstaining from future drug use, Lorcet detoxification is never easy.
Myth: Prescription and non-prescription drugs make The Thomas Recipe and other homemade treatment plans safe.
Fact: Some medications can cause dangerous drug interactions during Lorcet detoxification. Only a doctor can prescribe safe, effective anti-withdrawal drugs.
Outpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Throwing opioid-dependent people in jail would be cheaper than treating them.
Fact: One year of methadone costs only about $4,700 per patient as compared to a year of prison which costs around $24,000 per prisoner.
Myth: Methadone is a quick way to become drug-free.
Fact: Methadone treatments do not bring patients to an opioid-free state. Furthermore, rehabilitation professionals suggest patients remain in methadone maintenance for at least a year.
Inpatient Detox Myths
Myth: Lorcet detoxification is useless as drug addicts always relapse.
Fact: Relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other chronic diseases, about 40 to 60 percent. In fact, relapse rates for drug addiction are better than blood pressure or asthma relapse rates.
Myth: Treatment for Lorcet dependence and other substance abuse problems are a waste of taxpayer money.
Fact: Every dollar spent on treatment saves an estimated $4 to $7 in reduced drug-related crime rates, criminal justice costs and theft. Factor in healthcare savings and these yields skyrocket to $12 gained for every dollar spent.
Rapid Detox Myths
Myth: Suffering is an important part of treatment, as it serves as a deterrent to future Lorcet abuse.
Fact: Suffering is never a part of any medical treatment plan. Rapid detox offers the most humane and efficient approach to Lorcet detoxification, sparing patients from the painful and demoralizing aspects of withdrawal that can interfere with treatment.
Myth: Medical detoxification is a lengthy procedure.
Fact: A team of professionals including a board-certified anesthesiologist can perform rapid detox in just one to two hours.
Detox and Pregnancy
Methadone is currently the only approved approach to treating opioid dependence in pregnant women. Opioid-dependent women are more likely to suffer anemia, blood infections, heart disease, hepatitis, pneumonia, depression and other mental disorders than are women without substance abuse problems. Dependent women are also at higher risk for infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and for developing wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
Opioid dependence causes complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The mother may hemorrhage and suffer uncontrolled bleeding, slowed fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion and fetal death. Methadone treatments reduce these complications.
Self Detox and Pregnancy
Self-detoxification can be extremely dangerous during pregnancy.
Outpatient and Pregnancy
Outpatient methadone treatments reduce complications in pregnant women. Outpatient clinics typically start pregnant women on 10 mg to 20 mg of methadone each day and request the patient return each evening for evaluation. Based on her response to treatment, the doctor may raise the next morning’s dose by 5 - 10 mg. This will continue until the doctor establishes a safe, effective dose of methadone, usually within 48 to 72 hours of the first dose.
Women using methadone to maintain opioid dependence may suffer withdrawal symptoms late in pregnancy and require larger doses of methadone.
Inpatient and Pregnancy
An opioid-dependent woman may start methadone treatments as an inpatient, where doctors and nurses can monitor the health of the mother and the unborn child. This inpatient stay typically lasts three days.
Opiate detox symptoms
Lorcet withdrawal symptoms tend to appear in two waves with the first set beginning a few hours after the last dose. Early withdrawal symptoms include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, watery eyes and runny nose, insomnia, sweating, and yawning. Later symptoms are stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, dilated pupils, and goose bumps.
What is the best method to detox from this drug?
The best method of Lorcet detoxification depends largely on the individual’s personal needs and level of dependence. The patient should choose the least restrictive setting that is still likely to deliver safe and effective care. The treatment choice should reflect the patient’s ability to refrain from substance abuse, avoid high-risk behaviors, and his need for structure and support. The patient should be able to fully cooperate with and benefit from the type of treatment offered.