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Dilaudid Addiction Treatment

Dilaudid is an opioid drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It’s often prescribed after surgery or for breakthrough pain (a sudden increase in pain related to a chronic condition, such as cancer), or for other kinds of intractable chronic pain.

The drug is available in a variety of forms, including an oral liquid form, an injectable form, and Dilaudid tablets. One of the oral solutions available is a high potency form called Dilaudid HP, which is meant for patients who have a high tolerance for prescription painkillers.

Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is more powerful than oxycodone and 5-10 times more powerful than morphine. This greatly increases a person’s risk of becoming addicted or dependent on the drug, especially if they have a family history of substance use disorders or any other substance-use-related risk factors.

Like other opioids, Dilaudid is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. It produces pain relief by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system, depressing its overall activity. When people abuse Dilaudid, they may also experience pleasant sensations of relaxation and euphoria, which can prompt them to repeat the Dilaudid abuse ad infinitum.

However, Dilaudid abuse can also come with unpleasant side effects like constipation, nausea, dizziness, itching, flushing, low blood pressure, and anxiety. More importantly, besides the risk of developing a substance use disorder, Dilaudid abuse is immediately dangerous because it can lead to potentially fatal overdose, especially when it is combined with alcohol or other prescription medications or illegal drugs. This occurs when the activity of the central nervous system becomes so suppressed that essential functions like breathing begin to go offline.

You should seek treatment immediately if you are around someone you think may be experiencing a Dilaudid overdose, but you can also prevent prescription opioid overdose by preventing the substance abuse all together.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Dilaudid addiction, it’s important to get help from a reputable Dilaudid rehab program as soon as possible.

Signs of Dilaudid Substance Abuse

Though drug addiction and physical dependence are often linked, they are not exactly the same thing. Opioid addiction is a mental illness characterized by a compulsive urge to use the drug even when it negatively affects your life. Physical dependence means you have withdrawal symptoms when the drug wears off or when you cut back or stop taking it without necessarily experiencing the same psychological phenomena.

Signs that Dilaudid abuse has progressed to a potential addiction or a full-blown opioid use disorder include:

  • Using more of the drug than you intended or for a longer period than intended
  • Not being able to stop or cut back
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed because of drug use
  • Using the drug even when it’s causing problems at work, school, or in personal and professional relationships
  • Using the drug to deal with negative feelings or anxiety
  • Resorting to desperate measures like forging prescriptions and lying to healthcare professionals in order to abuse Dilaudid
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings if not taking Dilaudid

Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms

As with other opioid drugs, those who abuse Dilaudid are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when they finally stop abusing Dilaudid. Common Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Stomach cramps or diarrhea
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Watery eyes
  • Fast heart rate
  • Excessive yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Intense cravings for prescription opioids

Because these withdrawal symptoms are so unpleasant, patients tend to do best in a medical detox setting overseen by a clinical professional treatment provider who can help ease their symptoms during withdrawal.

However, enduring withdrawal symptoms is only the first step in the treatment process for a substance use disorder. Most people need advice or support from a treatment facility during a more extensive rehab program before they can find a footing in sobriety.

Some American addiction centers also offer medication-assisted treatment, which helps reduce physical opioid cravings so that you will be freer to focus on the psychological aspects of the treatment process. For instance, we offer long-acting injections of the opioid antagonist Vivitrol, which blocks the same receptors that Dilaudid activates. This not only diminishes cravings but physically prevents an addict from feeling high even if they do attempt to use drugs.

Treatment for Drug Abuse at RECO Intensive

If you’re tired of struggling with Dilaudid addiction, RECO Intensive can help. We offer comprehensive treatment for hydromorphone addiction at our beautiful rehab facility in Delray Beach, Florida.

Our interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurse practitioners, board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, and other specialists work together to create personalized treatment plans for our clients.

  • Our residential inpatient program is designed for people with serious or life-threatening addictions and those who have a high rate of relapse. Residential treatment provides round-the-clock care and supervision in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Our partial hospitalization program gives clients the flexibility to continue working or going to school while in treatment.
  • Our Dilaudid intensive outpatient program is ideal for people who do not require Dilaudid detox or inpatient treatment or who have already completed it. Clients in our outpatient program can continue working and going to school while in treatment.

Our treatment center is also accredited as a member of the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration and many other organizations with expertise in American addiction centers, attesting to our respectability as a treatment provider.

Though it may be difficult, Dilaudid recovery is possible at RECO Intensive. Contact us at 561-501-2439 or online here to learn more about our luxury Dilaudid addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, FL.

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