Coming off of a drug that is highly addictive, such as an opiate or heroin, can take quite a toll on the body. One of the most addictive opiates that a person may become addicted to is a drug called Norco, which is intended to be used for moderate to severe pain.
Like many opiates, Norco is frequently prescribed by doctors for limited use, although doctors generally prescribe the drug for a limited period of time, and take steps to avoid allowing their patients to become dependent on the drug. It is highly possible, however, for a person who is prescribed Norco to become dependent on it without intending to.
Recreational use of the drug can also quickly lead to a severe dependency. If addiction to Norco does occur, it is imperative that an addict seek the help they need to get clean. The long term effects of Norco can include serious damage to major organs, as well as a risk for overdose. What exactly happens, however, when a recovering addict does get clean from Norco?
When a person detoxes from Norco or any opiate, their body undergoes several severe symptoms. Opiates are a type of drug that severely grab hold of the brain's reward center and set about major symptoms when the brain does not receive the drug that it has become accustomed to.
Withdrawal symptoms from Norco can include seizures, nausea, depression, fever, severe mood swings, and changes to heart rate. The type of symptoms that are triggered by opiate detox will vary in severity and type, depending on the amount of Norco that an addict has grown accustomed to using and what kind of tolerance their body has built.
Because opiate withdrawal symptoms can be so severe, it is not advisable for any person who is addicted to Norco to attempt to detox on their own.
The Importance of Supported Detox
A professional detox center can ensure that there is medical support for any of the withdrawal symptoms that may arise during the detox process. They can monitor and manage a patient's temperature and heart rate, and have the ability to provide medication to the detoxing addict if necessary.
The staff at a recovery center is also equipped to provide psychological support to recovering addicts who may find that they suffer from severe depression upon detoxing. If an addict were to attempt this process on their own, they will be at severe risk for relapse or from suffering a major medical episode.
Medical Assistance For Withdrawing
Because opiates are such strong and addictive drugs that alter one's neurological make up, many addicts decide, with their doctors, that the most effective means of recovering will be through the use of non-addictive drugs that act on the brain in the same way that opiates do. Drugs like methadone may be used to help prevent severe withdrawal symptoms by satisfying the brain's reward center's need for more drugs in a relatively safe way.
If a doctor decides that medication is the best way for their patient to withdraw, they will set up a plan for the dispensation of a drug like methadone. Frequently, at the beginning of the treatment program, a doctor will administer medication to their patient directly.
This allows the patient to ensure that they are only taking exactly as much medication as necessary, without risking overdose or incorrect dosing. Over time, the dose of a drug like methadone may be reduced and even completely tapered off so that a recovering addict can transition into taking no drugs at all.