i am 23, and have had a vicodin addiction for about 2.5-3 years. Im on my second day off ( i actually took half of norco this morning), which didnt stop my withdrawls... so ive decided to just stop all together. I usually only take between 1-4 a day depending on supply, im scared becausse even detoxing off of methadone ive never had this much trouble ( extremely runny stools, nausia, and last night i woke up in a panic, and very moody). My husband has a condition to where he has to take vicodin, it is hard knowing he also has a scrpt. Since getting off of methadone due to norco problem, i've stayed pretty low on how much i take a day. Its been a nasty cycle of opiate addiction, and so truely want to be free... I've pretty much forgotten how it feels to be me, but i know its so much better. I watch tv ( all i have energy for right now), and think of how most of those people get to live as themselves, and not addicted. I know that, this page is not for me to pour my heart out or anything, but I have very little eotional support at home. HOW LONG DOES THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WITHDRAWL LAST?
Hang in there!! While everyone is different, the physical may last a week to 10 days, the mental may last longer. Mental is a sticky one as there is something called PAWS or post acute withdrawal syndrome that some people experience after getting off the opiates. It can last months, though not everyone experiences it so don't panic. You can google it and read about it if you want.
Some people find that going on an antidepressant for a short while is helpful. It would require you talking to your doctor, of course. I wouldn't cross that bridge until you see how you are feeling in a couple of weeks.
You have another alternative and that is to taper off the vicodin rather than go cold turkey. You weren't on that high a dose of vicodin so it would be relatively easy to do and you would avoid most of the withdrawals this way. If you would like further help with a taper plan, I would be happy to help you.
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