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Darvocet Withdrawal | Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Darvocet was banned by the FDA and removed from the market in 2010 because it was found to cause dangerous, and sometimes deadly, heart problems. Plus, it wasn’t even a very effective pain reliever. Darvocet is an opioid combined with the pain reliever acetaminophen. Even though it is banned in the U.S., it can still be found on the black market. 

Although it is a weaker opioid, it is an opioid nonetheless and still leads to abuse and addiction in some individuals. Darvocet abuse can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, health problems, acetaminophen poisoning, organ failure, and serious health issues. Darvocet withdrawal, like withdrawal from other opioids, is unpleasant and can be a very difficult process. Read more below on Darvocet withdrawal.

What Are the Darvocet Withdrawal Symptoms?

Like other opioids, withdrawal from Darvocet can be very uncomfortable.

Darvocet withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Body aches and pains
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia

What Are the Stages in the Darvocet Withdrawal Timeline?

Darvocet withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe. The symptoms usually start between six to 12 hours after last using the drug and peak within about one to three days. Although withdrawal symptoms start to subside after about a week, sometimes they can last about a month.

Early Darvocet withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Teary eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning

Later Darvocet withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Why Should I Detox?

It can be very difficult and uncomfortable to withdraw from using opioids. Because of this, it’s best to get professional medical support to help you detox rather than trying to quit Darvocet “cold turkey.”

Entering a professional, medically-assisted detox program ensures that you will be carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult, and sometimes painful, detoxification process.

The doctors and nurses on your medical team will also make sure your body has enough vitamins, fluids, and electrolytes. They can also administer medications such as buprenorphine or naltrexone to help relieve the cravings. During this challenging time, you will also receive professional mental and emotional support as part of your therapy to help make the withdrawal process successful.

What Is the Next Treatment Step?

There are different stages of Darvocet addiction treatment but following a full continuum of treatment is the most comprehensive approach. It also provides you with the best chance of recovery. Following a full continuum of treatment begins with the highest and most intense level of care during the detox phase. It then progresses through less intense levels of treatment. Stages of opioid addiction treatment include:

The goal is medical stabilization during the first stage of opioid withdrawal treatment, which is detox. The detox stage will last about three to seven days, depending on the severity of your addiction. Your medical team, which includes doctors, nurses, and support staff, will give you a complete medical assessment to find out your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. The assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs. Depending on these results, your physician may also require additional testing. Other tests may include: additional blood tests, including a CBC (complete blood count), chest X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), and testing for other diseases.

After the doctor has reviewed these test results, a detox plan will be created for you. Then you will begin the detox process under the care of your medical team. Detoxing includes a combination of detox drugs, such as methadone, buprenorphine, clonidine, and naltrexone. During this time, you will be under 24-hour clinical supervision.

Because many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges as they detox, your treatment plan will also include emotional support as you begin addiction therapy.

After completing the detox phase of treatment, the next stage is to continue treatment in either an inpatient or residential facility or as an outpatient. Your physician will determine whether you need to continue as an inpatient or move into a partial hospitalization program. He or she will base this decision on the severity of your addiction and whether or not you have any other addictions or co-occurring medical or psychological conditions.

You can focus solely on your psychological and emotional recovery during a residential treatment stay. You’ll live full-time at the residential treatment center while undergoing a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program at least five days a week. This program will address your emotional and mental health needs to help you begin the process of returning to your life outside the treatment center. These skills will help better prepare you for long-term recovery. 

A partial-hospitalization program (PHP) is like a cross between inpatient care and outpatient treatment. You’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program five days a week for six hours each day. 

You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs. The focus during PHP will be on learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse. The goal is to help you be better prepared for long-term recovery. This training will help you begin the process of returning to your life outside the treatment center. 

Each stage of the full continuum of treatment is designed to help you move back to life outside the rehab facility while helping you build the skills and resources you need to cope and avoid relapsing. During the intensive outpatient stage (IOP) you can either move back home or into a “sober home,” which is a facility that provides a more structured lifestyle for those newly recovering from substance abuse. 

At this stage, your therapy sessions won’t be as frequent. However, you will still attend intensive therapy sessions and continue with medication management if needed. You will continue to be accountable for your recovery. This stage will also include periodic weekly drug testing.

The outpatient stage of recovery usually lasts several months. This stage helps you regain responsibility for your life as you continue to adjust to being back at home. You will have much more independence at this stage. Typically, you will only attend therapy sessions for about an hour each week. You will also be required to participate in random drug testing to help you stay on track with your recovery

Once you complete the treatment program, you will have the opportunity to join other treatment center graduates during weekly support groups and social events. Although recovery is a lifelong process, these opportunities can help you develop new friendships and social support to help better position you for long-term success.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you’re ready to detox from Darvocet, the staff at Ocean Breeze Recovery can provide the guidance and support you need to start your recovery. Contact our admissions specialists for free and confidential help. They can answer any questions you may have so that you know what to expect from our evidence-based services.

After you speak with a specialist, you will feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment. Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.

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