Darvocet is a narcotic pain reliever that doctors widely used to treat mild-to-moderate pain. Its chemical structure is similar to that of methadone, which is why it may present discomfort during withdrawal. At one point, doctors throughout the U.S. prescribed the medication to millions of patients, but it was later found to have adverse effects in addition to addiction.
Because of its harmful effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took precautions and decided to ban Darvocet. After many years of fighting, doctors welcomed the decision to remove the drug from the market. Unfortunately, despite its dangers, Darvocet is available on the black market for as little as $2 per pill. Even today, many people still abuse the substance and experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as a result.
Despite Darvocet being much less potent than other opioid medications, you may still struggle with devastating effects that can quickly derail your sobriety attempts if you do not enter detox. If you quit the drug abruptly in “cold turkey” fashion, you can experience intense symptoms that cause you to relapse. Medical professionals and addiction treatment specialists will encourage anyone attempting to stop Darvocet use to seek medical help immediately.
Opioid withdrawal is not as dangerous as alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal, but it can be unpredictable from one person to another. For that reason, your best line of defense is to enter a medical detox program.
The most common symptoms you can experience during Darvocet withdrawal include:
You may experience overwhelming drug cravings in addition to the symptoms listed above. When you combine all of these symptoms, it will make it nearly impossible to stop without help.
If you are using Darvocet but wish to stop, be advised that characteristics unique to each person will determine the withdrawal timeline experienced. How long withdrawal symptoms will last, how severe they may be, and what will happen will vary among recovering users. One person may get through the process in a few days, while someone else could wrestle with severe symptoms that last for more than a week.
Other factors that determine your withdrawal experience include:
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A general Darvocet withdrawal timeline could look like the following:
Addiction care specialists will encourage you to at least think about undergoing NCBI. If you wish to achieve long-term abstinence and remove the drug(s) safely, you must commit to this first step. While abrupt cessation is not deemed deadly, the intensity of your withdrawals may be amplified when you go through it alone.
While detox is a crucial first step, it is not enough to establish long-term sobriety. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends clients to stay in treatment for as long as possible to achieve meaningful recovery. To maintain your newly founded sobriety, you need to be part of support groups that help you focus on your needs.
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