Understanding Dilaudid Addiction
Dilaudid is a prescription medicine that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, typically caused by broken bones, cancer, surgery or other conditions that cause chronic pain. This drug is an opioid medication also known as hydromorphone.
Dilaudid is like all other opioids in that while it can be effective for relieving pain, it does carry with it a risk for dependence, abuse and addiction. Even if you take it as prescribed by a licensed medical physician, it can still lead to abuse and addiction.
The Effects of Dilaudid on the Body
When a person takes Dilaudid, it is processed by the body, and it is used to block the pain signals from the brain. Dilaudid is metabolized in the liver, like most other opioids. In the liver, Dilaudid breaks down into a metabolite that is called hydromorphone-3-glucuronide.
Dilaudid is derived from morphine, although it is four times stronger, making it a very potent painkiller. Dilaudid can also have other effects on the body such as:
- Drowsiness or sedation
- Blurred vision
Dilaudid Addiction Signs and Symptoms
When patients misuse Dilaudid, it can quickly lead to a physical dependency. This happens just after a few days of consistent use. This can also cause tolerance. The patient has to take more and more Dilaudid for it to have the desired effect. Because of this, it can lead to addiction. Some other signs of Dilaudid addiction may include:
- Stomach pain
- Social isolation
In addition to these symptoms, Dilaudid can also interfere with regular daily activities. A Dilaudid addiction can destroy relationships, careers, families and entire communities. It can cause financial problems and legal problems. There are many ways in which Dilaudid addiction can lead to a negative experience. If enough of it is abused, it can even be fatal. Don’t allow Dilaudid addiction to control you. Seek treatment as soon as possible.
Having a Dilaudid Addiction Intervention
If your loved one is addicted to Dilaudid and you haven’t been able to convince him or her to seek treatment, you may need to have an intervention. An intervention can be helpful. Sometimes when a person sees that many of their loved ones are concerned about their addiction, they will be more inclined to seek treatment. However, people in active addiction can often be extremely resistant to interventions, which is why intervention specialists are often brought in.
It’s important to remember that you are communicating with the addiction in these moments. Your loved one is a sick individual that needs to receive treatment. Another helpful tool for loved ones can be Nar-Anon meetings. Nar-Anon is a sister organization to Narcotics Anonymous where loved ones of those who struggle with drug addiction can gather and lean on each other for support.
Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms
When a person stops Dilaudid, there will be withdrawal symptoms as with any opioid. If you have been taking Dilaudid for a long time or if you are on a higher dose of Dilaudid, the withdrawal symptoms will be a lot more severe. For this reason, many people elect to receive medical assistance during the detox process. While detox centers offer this, it’s better to receive medical detox at a treatment center where you will be able to enter into a treatment program immediately after detoxing.
Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Body cramping
- Suicidal ideation
- Cold sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Drug craving
Dilaudid Addiction Treatment
If you have issues with a Dilaudid addiction, it’s essential that you receive treatment as soon as you possibly can. The Recovery Village Ridgefield offers Dilaudid treatment in the form of medically-supervised detox, residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient treatment programs and aftercare programs. Effective aftercare is essential, and we make sure that you are prepared to transition back into your normal life with the help of meetings with groups like SMART Recovery or Narcotics Anonymous.
Located in the Cascade Mountains, close to Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, The Recovery Village Ridgefield provides the perfect serene backdrop for patients to focus on their healing and find their way to recovery. Contact us today, and speak to one of our compassionate addiction specialists about your own recovery.