The Darvocet High: Learn About Abuse, Addiction and Rehab Programs

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Darvocet is an opioid drug that was once prescribed regularly in the United States to treat pain. At one point, it was the go-to drug for many physicians, and the Darvocet high is on par with prescription pain medications like Oxycodone and Vicodin. It is a known drug of abuse that can lead to addiction, even though it is no longer legal to prescribe it in our country.
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There are rehab programs available that can help people who are addicted to Darvocet. Even though it is illegal, people do still manage to obtain it; typically by ordering it through the dark web. The more people understand the dangers of the Darvocet high when it is abused, and how quickly addiction can form, the more likely they may be to seek treatment.

What is the Darvocet High Like?

Because Darvocet is an opioid painkiller, it produces the same type of high that other opioids produce. Although there are some anecdotal reports on websites like Reddit that state that the high is much weaker than with other, similar drugs. It may work well for people who are not regular opioid users, which could lead those who are curious to want to try it.

Darvocet can produce a euphoric high that causes people to feel drowsy, lightheaded and happy. It can be a powerful experience, and one that people want to repeat in order to feel it again.

Getting high on Darvocet is drug abuse, even if a person only does it one time. Continued use is what leads people to get addicted to this dangerous drug.

The Effects of Darvocet Abuse

Abusing Darvocet for any period of time – short-term or long-term – is likely to have serious and even potentially damaging effects. In 2010, the FDA requested that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. withdraw the medication from the market. Their request was due to the drug’s ingredient, propoxyphene. In clinical trials, it was found that propoxyphene could lead to serious and even fatal heart problems, including arrhythmias and heart rhythm abnormalities.

It is important for people who continue to obtain and use this drug to know what could happen in the short and long term with continued abuse.

The Short-Term Effects

The short-term effects of Darvocet are not as troubling as the long-term effects. Most people are willing to endure them for the trade-off of getting high on this drug. Some of the most common short-term effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Sedation
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • An upset stomach
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Constipation

In excessive amounts, Darvocet can cause stupor, delirium, respiratory depression and even coma.

The Long-Term Effects

The long-term effects of Darvocet can be detrimental to one’s health and even become fatal with continued use. They include:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Liver problems
  • Colitis
  • Hypotension
  • Heart problems, such as bradycardia, congestive heart failure and cardiac/respiratory arrest
  • Chronic renal failure
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Opioid Abuse and Addiction Statistics in the United States

Because Darvocet has been banned in the United States, there really are no statistics that indicate how much it is being abused today. But opioid abuse and addiction have been significant problems in our country for several years. The opioid epidemic has claimed thousands of lives, and it is a battle that is still being fought.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • In 2017, more than 47,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose.
  • During that same year, 1.7 million people had an opioid abuse disorder related to prescription painkillers.
  • As many as 29% of people who get prescriptions for opioid pain relievers abuse them.
  • Among people who use opioids to treat chronic pain, as many as 12% abuse them.
  • Between 4% and 6% of people who abuse prescription opioids eventually transition to heroin.
  • 80% of people who abuse heroin began by abusing prescription painkillers first.

What are the Signs of Darvocet Addiction?

It is not always easy for people to tell if someone they love is addicted to an opioid drug like Darvocet. In fact, many addicts are completely unaware that they are addicted. They tend to live their lives in denial, believing that they can stop using any time they choose.

The signs of Darvocet addiction are the same as the signs of addiction to any type of opioid drug. They can include:

  • Going through withdrawal once the drug begins to leave the system.
  • Problems at school or at work due to one’s drug use patterns.
  • Tolerance, which means that more of the drug is needed in order to get high.
  • Craving these drugs.
  • Wanting to quit, but being unable to because the urge to use is much too strong.
  • Relationship problems with family and friends.
  • Becoming isolated from others, and/or only using in private in order to keep it a secret.

Mixing Darvocet with Other Drugs

Because Darvocet is considered a “weaker” opioid than those that are available today, people may be tempted to mix it with other drugs. They may do so in an attempt to enhance the effects of Darvocet or the other substance. But mixing drugs with an opioid medication is extremely dangerous and can even be fatal.

Some of the drugs that people may mix with Darvocet include:

Can People Overdose on Darvocet?

Yes, and according to information provided by the FDA, it is possible to die within one hour of overdosing on Darvocet. It is possible to overdose on this drug by taking too much at one time as well as by combining it with alcohol or other drugs.

The signs of opioid overdose include:

  • Skin that feels clammy to the touch.
  • Slowed or stopped breathing and/or heart rate.
  • Becoming unconscious and not waking up.
  • A blue or purple tint on the fingernails and lips.
  • The body goes limp.
  • Gurgling sounds or vomiting.

Darvocet Addiction and Going to Rehab: Options for Recovery

Fortunately, there are ways for people to recover from Darvocet addiction. A lot of people may be worried about getting treatment for an addiction to a drug that has been banned. But that should not be a concern. The goal is to help the individual recover, not seek any type of legal action against them.

Drug Detox and Medication-Assisted Treatment

Detoxing is very important when it comes to opioid drugs like Darvocet. It can help purge the body of those toxins, lessen the severity of withdrawal, and aid in the recovery process.

Medication-assisted treatment is highly recommended for opioid addiction because it has shown to be very effective. MAT involves the use of medications that have been FDA-approved to help with opioid withdrawal, as well as behavioral therapy.

Inpatient Rehab Centers

Inpatient rehab involves staying at a facility for 28 days while receiving treatment. Patients work with therapists as well as in group settings to determine and get help for the reasons behind their addictions.

Many inpatient treatment centers also include detox as a part of their programs. They also treat co-occurring disorders, which are present in about half of all people who seek treatment for addiction.

Outpatient Rehab Programs

A lot of people prefer the flexibility that comes with outpatient rehab. Those who are addicted to Darvocet may be required to go through the detoxification process on an inpatient basis. But afterward, if appropriate, they may be recommended for an outpatient program.

There are a few different options available for outpatient rehab, and they include:

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Aftercare: Continuing to Get Support After Darvocet Addiction Treatment

Once the initial treatment has been completed, people often think they should be recovered and healed. But that is typically not the case. Ongoing care is highly recommended in order for the individual to continue to receive the support they need. This might mean:

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