How Long Does Hydrocodone Rehab Last?

How Long Does Hydrocodone Rehab Last?

Hydrocodone is in a class of medications called opiate analgesics (painkillers) used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, as well as a class of medications called antitussives used to suppress coughing. Hydrocodone is rarely prescribed as a single drug component, as it is usually combined with another analgesic such as acetaminophen which increases hydrocodone’s effectiveness without increasing opioid-related side effects. As a result, there are many hydrocodone compounds on the market today, and people should be aware of the potential side effects and abuse indicators.

Hydrocodone Abuse Symptoms

Because the medications that have hydrocodone as only one of the ingredients, a person who abuses these medications is not only abusing hydrocodone but the other ingredient (acetaminophen or ibuprofen). While hydrocodone products have proven to be effective, people who use them can become tolerant to the benefits and thus increase their dosage. Increasing dosage without medical recommendation can lead to addiction. Other symptoms of hydrocodone and acetaminophen abuse are as follows:

  • Respiratory distress, as with high enough doses a person’s circulatory system may collapse followed by cardiac arrest
  • Because of the acetaminophen in the prescribed drug, abuse can lead kidney damage, hypoglycemia (drop in blood sugar) and thrombocytopenia (decrease in platelets)
  • Excessive abuse of acetaminophen can lead to liver toxicity, which if untreated can cause death

How Long Does Hydrocodone Rehabilitation Last?

Depending on the type of rehab you choose, recommended lengths of stay vary. The following information gives you a brief overview of the rehab options and suggested duration of treatment:

  • Residential addiction treatment centers — at these centers, the addict resides with the facility 24 hours a day, and receives treatment from a team of addiction professionals. These programs offer a comprehensive suite of services ranging from detox to counseling to aftercare support. The average length of stay for someone with private insurance is approximately 20 days. Some federally-funded residential centers often prefer the length of stay to be three to six months.
  • Hospital-based rehab unit — located on a unit in a general hospital, these programs are better suited for addicts who additionally have chronic or acute medical or psychiatric problems. Because the focus of these treatment programs is to eliminate the medical problem and provide detox, the lengths of stay in these types of addiction treatment programs is typically 10 days.
  • Extended care — this option is intended for people who participated in a residential addiction treatment program, but required additional residential treatment. Particularly useful for an addict who has experienced relapse or requires additional services to deal with co-occurring issues, the average length of stay is 90 days.
  • Outpatient addiction treatment programs — this flexible option enables a person to live at home and attend a three-hour program typically three to five times weekly for about six weeks. While this is a viable option, it has greater success for a person who is employed, has a strong support system and can maintain abstinence for up 72 hours.

Get Help for Hydrocodone Abuse

Recovering from hydrocodone with proper medical supervision and support services is possible.  If you or someone you know is addicted to hydrocodone, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about hydrocodone addiction treatment. We are here to help.