Dilauded Addiction Treatment Explained

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Does Someone You Love Need Dilaudid Addiction Treatment?

Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a highly addictive opioid pain killer and can become habit-forming even when taken as directed by a doctor. Two to three weeks is all some patients need to develop a tolerance to the drug and many people find themselves needing Dilaudid addiction treatment.

Dilaudid Addiction Treatment

Dilaudid is a pain medication that is stronger than oxycodone, and it’s prescribed to patients for the severe discomfort caused by surgery, broken bones, and several cancers. Unfortunately, tolerance develops quickly, and patients begin taking the drug more frequently than prescribed in order to get pain relief. Taking the extra doses sooner than prescribed causes the user to finish the prescription before it is time for it to be refilled. Tolerance leads to dependence and addiction. Dilaudid addicts prefer intravenous injections when using the drug because they do not get as strong a result (euphoria) when taking it orally or snorting it. There are signs that indicate a person is abusing Dilaudid, and if you observe these symptoms in someone you care about it’s important to get Dilaudid addiction treatment for him or her.

  • Addiction to Dilaudid causes lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting.
  • Severe constipation is common, and you may observe an addict using laxatives frequently or complaining about poor bowel movements.
  • Stomach pain is very common in Dilaudid abusers.
  • Nausea and vomiting occur frequently.
  • Abusers who inject Dilaudid will have track marks in their arms and may wear long sleeves even on warm days.
  • Dilaudid, like other opiates, suppresses breathing. When a Dilaudid abuser is high, he or she may have trouble breathing or manifest sleep apnea.
  • If alcohol or benzodiazepines are mixed with Dilaudid or other opiates, overdose death risk increases greatly as each suppresses breathing.
  • Circulatory suppression caused by Dilaudid abuse can result in cardiac arrest.
  • Abusers engage in risky behavior such as stealing opiates from the medicine cabinets of friends or family, doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, or buying illicit drugs on the street. These activities can lead to legal problems, arrest, and jail time.

Better Addiction Care (BAC) can help a Dilaudid addiction treatment center that provides medical detox and extensive therapy to restore his or her life. Contact BAC at 1.800.429.7690 for a confidential discussion with a rehab advisor who can refer you to the best facilities to get your loved one back on track with life.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Timeline

The Dilaudid withdrawal timeline occurs in stages of early, late, and post withdrawal.

  • The early withdrawal stage can begin during the 12 hours following the last dose. The first symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, muscle ache and pain, sweating, runny nose, watery eyes, and frequent yawning. Cravings for the drug are common as is restlessness. This first stage can last for 24 hours or longer.
  • The symptoms during the late withdrawal stage are much more unpleasant due to the brain’s difficulty adjusting to the loss of the drug. The symptoms include nausea and vomiting, sever abdominal pain, diarrhea, chills, cold sweats, intense cravings for the drug, and tremors. This stage can for 72 hours or longer, depending on the frequency of the Dilaudid abuse.
  • Some users are affected by a third stage, post withdrawal, which causes lingering symptoms including depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, and appetite changes. In some users, these symptoms have lasted for months.

How To Stop Taking Dilaudid

If your loved one is wondering how to stop taking Dilaudid, it’s important to understand the risks of trying to do it at home. It’s nearly impossible to go through the stages of withdrawal without medical assistance. Medical detox at an excellent addiction treatment center will provide doctors, psychiatrists, and other medical personnel to take patients safely through the detox process. Detox will be followed up with rehab, therapy, and relapse prevention programs designed to increase the odds of long-tern recovery.

Call Better Addiction Care at 1.800.429.7690 and speak with a rehab counselor. He or she can direct you to the best facility for your loved one based on the information you provide. Take action today. If your loved one is ready to get rid of Dilaudid and recover his or her life, BAC is ready to help.