Addiction makes people go to extremes. Take Darvocet, for example. The substance was banned and people are still finding ways to abuse it. Especially if it was their drug of choice prior to being removed from the market. Perhaps they have a stash, or someone they know is distributing their remaining supply.
Darvocet and Darvon were commonly prescribed pain relievers. Both drugs were banned because the U.S Food and Drug Administration deemed them as unsafe in 2010. After the U.S. banned them the UK followed suit. But people are still finding ways to abuse Darvocet today.
The FDA banned these drugs because they contain propoxyphene, an ingredient that is linked to heart problems. Now that they are no longer on the market, there is a limited supply. So nowadays, if you or your loved one is searching for Darvocet, beware. There is an illegally made version of this drug on the streets. If you do find the real version of this drug, you still should not take it because the pill was made before the ban in 2010 and contains illegal ingredients. Would you risk your life for a temporary high?
According to the public interest group Public Citizen, there were 341 propoxyphene-related deaths and 85 deaths directly attributed to propoxyphene in the state of Florida alone in 2007. The painkillers are alleged to have caused the deaths of at least 2,110 people between 1981 and 1999.
Are You Still Abusing Darvocet?
Propoxyphene is an opioid, a substance that attaches to different places in the spinal cord, brain and gastrointestinal tract. This attachment creates the sensation of less pain, and if abused, gives a unique euphoria. Propoxyphene is also considered a narcotic. These are more potent compared to drugs such as acetaminophen (the other active substance in Darvocet.) This combination creates more intense effects of the drug. Darvocet relieves pain, but also causes sleepiness. Prolonged use of the drug can change the chemistry of the brain. Once a drug abuser develops a Darvocet addiction, it is hard to quit using without a good support system and medical assistance at inpatient drug rehab.
Signs and Symptoms of Darvocet Addiction
Darvocet addiction can affect the heart by making your beat irregularly. It can also make your muscles weaker. Other symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Skin rashes
For those who used Darvocet previously and withdrew properly from the medication, you should not experience any lingering effects to your heart. Doctors claim that the drug does not produce cumulative effects, and that by clearing your body from the substance, all side effects will subside as well. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the above effects from Darvocet addiction, contact us for treatment in Texas.
Detox and Withdrawal of Darvocet
If you or someone you know is addicted to Darvocet and suddenly stop using the drug, severe withdrawal symptoms might occur. The body was dependent on the substance and still needs it to function. Quitting cold turkey is not possible. We have a reputable detox facility at Willow Springs where you or your loved one can cleanse your body of the drug’s toxins under medical supervision.
The following are some of the symptoms that might be experienced by a Darvocet abuser:
- Aches and pains
- Physical craving
- Abnormal skin sensations such as “crawling” skin
- Restless leg syndrome
Overdose Symptoms of Darvocet
The symptoms of a Darvocet addiction overdose are serious. They include shallow breathing, or no breathing at all. An overdose can affect your heart by making your heart slow or beat irregularly, producing a weak pulse.
Other Darvocet overdose symptoms include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Cold and clammy skin
- Larger or smaller eye pupils
- Blue lips
If you are mixing Darvocet with other chemicals, such as alcohol, an overdose can be fatal. The ingredients in the drug can cause liver toxicity, which is why the FDA banned it. Excessive alcohol consumption also affects the liver. The combination of both drugs is deadly. If you are taking Darvocet with alcohol, the possibility of a dual diagnosis exists. You might be suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition, such as depression, in addition to your drug addiction.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
At Willow Springs, we understand the concept and value behind dual diagnosis rehab, and are qualified to provide fully integrated care. Our dual diagnosis program gives you or your loved one access to medical care, and psychological treatment that considers each person’s needs and goals individually.
We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating a co-occurring disorder. When both conditions are addressed at the same time with intensive therapy, you or your loved one have a greater chance of making a full recovery.
Other Therapy Options
Outpatient group therapy – Usually recommended after inpatient treatment, this involves meetings with other people in your current situation, and a licensed counselor.
- Individual Counseling – You will discuss your sobriety and recovery privately with a licensed substance abuse counselor.
- 12 step Meetings – Narcotics or Alcohol Anonymous meetings can be found almost anywhere. They help people stay clean by discussing addiction with fellow addicts, and networking with each other to remain clean.
- Aftercare – Sometimes a sober living home or transitional housing is suggested after inpatient treatment. This option is usually recommended to people who have nowhere else to go, or their previous environment puts them at risk for relapse.
We Can Help You Quit Darvocet
When you are ready, call us and we can discuss your Darvocet addiction, and what type of treatment options you are most comfortable with. As far as cost is concerned, some insurance companies will pay for 100 percent of your substance abuse treatment at Willow Springs. A quick, 15-minute phone conversation can help us find you or your loved one the best treatment program available to overcome your Darvocet addiction.
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