If you or someone you know is suffering from Norco addiction or another form of hydrocodone abuse, there is a solution. Norco addiction, as well as all opioid addiction, is a treatable and reversible condition. Finding the treatment center right for you can be confusing, but remember, there are options. Here, we will give you the information you need to make the best treatment choice for a successful personal recovery.
What is Norco?
Norco is a prescription opioid that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is often prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain. Taking Hydrocodone drugs such as Norco for an extended amount of time can result in tolerance, dependence and often the development of addiction. Brand Names for Norco include Hycet, Lorcet, Lortab Norco, Verdrocet, Vicodin, Xodol.
Norco can be habit-forming even when taken as prescribed. For this reason, it is essential to take extra care to understand and recognize the risks of opioid drugs. Hydrocodone prescriptions and abuse have reached unprecedented levels in the United States in the last decade. As a result, these growing addiction issues prompted the DEA to re-classify the drug from Schedule III to Schedule II and place strict mandates on prescriptions. The federal government classifies drugs on a scale from one to five (with one being the most serious) based on factors including abuse potential and accepted medical uses.
It is important to take all medications, including Norco, exactly as directed by the prescribing physician. Misuse and abuse of prescription opiates have increased dramatically in the last several years. Many people who are addicted to Norco were prescribed the drug by their doctor to treat pain. A physical Norco dependence occurs accidentally for many people. Even after relatively short-term use, tolerance can develop. Consequently, taking Norco more often or more frequently than recommended can lead to dependency and eventually, an addiction. You will know if you are physically dependent on Norco if you stop taking it suddenly or gradually decrease dosage and withdrawal symptoms appear. Symptoms can include vomiting, chills, nausea, restlessness, insomnia, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die in the United States from overdosing on opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl.
Accepting that you or a loved one has a drug problem can be the most challenging step towards recovery. You might have feelings of shame, guilt, and even anger – but remember, this is a reversible medical condition. You don’t have to go through unnecessary suffering or shame. We can get you through withdrawal in a hospital setting with the care and compassion you need.
Call us today at 1-800-423-2482 to discuss your specific needs and options.
Norco Addiction Signs and Symptoms
When wondering if you have a dependence on Norco, there are some signs to take into consideration. Having this knowledge may also help you decide if it is time to get professional help if your dependence has become an addiction. Consider the following questions:
- Do you take opioid drugs more often than what has been prescribed?
- Are you continually increase your dosage?
- Do you alter the formulation of the medication by crushing it?
- Are you mixing your prescription with alcohol or benzodiazepines?
- Is having enough medication before your next prescription comes due to a major concern?
- Do you try to get extra pills from other sources?
- Have you failed multiple attempts to quit this medication?
If you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions, it is time to seek professional help. Ultimately, the first step to abstinence is complete detoxification. Thankfully, medicine has many medical treatments available for Norco dependence. There are treatment options that require approximately a one-week commitment. These treatment options can be extremely effective, private and comfortable.
Signs of Withdrawal
The thought of going through a Norco withdrawal, even for the strongest people, can cause an immense amount of anxiety and fear. Withdrawal symptoms are challenging to get through and sometimes risky. We always suggest that you consult a doctor before attempting a withdrawal on your own. Symptoms of a Norco withdrawal are both physical and psychological in nature. “Cold Turkey” withdrawal or at-home detox may cause:
- Intense cravings for opiate drugs.
- Feelings of nausea or vomiting
- Stomach cramps and diarrhea.
- Severe bone and muscle pains
- Sleepless nights or insomnia
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid pulse
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and agitation
Unfortunately, the distress of a Norco withdrawal often causes intense cravings and urges for the drug. This is why medical detox is the best option for someone who is trying to overcome a Norco addiction. Without treatment, the addiction will continue to grow. If the addiction persists, the user will develop a high tolerance. A higher tolerance increases the risk of overdose.
Hydrocodone (Norco) Overdose
A Norco overdose occurs when someone takes a dose that is higher than what their body can handle at that specific moment. An overdose has numerous dangerous side effects. It is crucial to identify overdose symptoms promptly in order to receive adequate medical attention. Symptoms of Norco overdose may include:
- A significant decrease in respiratory rate or total respiratory depression
- Cold and clammy skin
- Cardiac arrest
- Pale skin or bluish color lips and nails.
- Muscle flaccidity
- Hypotension or low blood pressure
- Extreme sleepiness
Opioid drugs such as Norco are depressants, meaning they slow down breathing and heart rate. An opiate overdose typically compromises breathing, causes unconsciousness and a depressed central nervous system. Without adequate oxygen, a brain injury may occur. The extent of the damage depends on how long the brain is without adequate oxygen levels.
To eliminate the risk of overdose, users must seek treatment. The first step toward beating a Norco addiction is complete detoxification. Medical doctors can monitor and manage the discomforts of withdrawal symptoms, making the detoxification much more tolerable and successful.
U.S. Surgeon General is urging individuals, including family and friends of those who use opioid drugs, to keep opioid reversal drugs such as Naloxone at hand.
Norco Addiction Treatment
Waismann Method Medical detoxication offers a wide variety of medical options for Norco detoxification. Our most sought-after treatment is Rapid Detox. In Rapid Detox, withdrawal symptoms occur while the patient sleeps under sedation in a hospital. Our safe and humane rapid detox cleanses opioid drugs from the body’s receptors effectively and quickly. For this reason, the Waismann program is significantly shorter and much more successful than traditional drug rehabs.
We know you didn’t intend to develop an addiction to Norco. Sometimes a drug addiction can happen, even when you least expect it. Often addiction happens to those who thought the least susceptible. This is why we don’t believe in guilting, shaming or blaming a patient. Our goal is to help you achieve the total detoxification of opioid drugs in the most private, comfortable and effective way possible.
We also understand that you don’t have the several weeks or months traditional drug rehabs demands for a Norco detox. The truth is, there is no need to abandon your responsibilities. We can provide an accelerated Norco detox program in a week to ten days. Our medical detoxification reverses the physical dependence so you can follow through with whichever emotional care or therapy you choose. In most cases, our patients are in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. They then enter our private recovery center, Domus Retreat, to conclude their successful journey to recovery for another few days.
Waismann Method ® Opioid Treatment Specialists have maintained the highest success rates of any opioid detoxification in history. Above all, our patients receive individual care, respect, and compassion. The program has a specific vision: that everyone seeking treatment for substance abuse should have access to medical care which meets the highest standards of healthcare.
For more information on the best available Norco Addiction Treatment, please call today 1-800-423-2482.