Impacts of Dilaudid Addiction
If you’re familiar with the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction in the United States, you may be familiar with Dilaudid. Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a schedule II controlled substance prescribed for moderate to severe pain.
Prescription opioid medications like Dilaudid are central nervous system depressants. When used for longer periods of time, side effects of Dilaudid misuse can lead to substance use disorders and other health conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that one hundred and thirty people die every day from an opiate overdose. Dilaudid (the brand name for the substance Hydromorphone) is popular among substance users due to its “quick release” quality. The fast-acting release means that Dilaudid begins working in the brain very quickly once consumed, producing the “rush” that users often seek.
Unfortunately, this is also one of the qualities that make it such a dangerous, even deadly substance. With quality addiction treatment, individuals can recover from Dilaudid addiction.
Dilaudid Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
All of our Dilaudid addiction treatment programs incorporate weekly individual therapy sessions with licensed therapists and addiction counselors. These sessions allow individuals to meet and process all of their progress throughout their treatment.
Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, emotional regulation practices, and life skills during group therapy sessions. When they are not in session, patients attend support groups, the gym, community events, and other activities that support their ongoing recovery.
Additionally, patients engage in intense trauma therapy to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol and work on grief resolution in a safe, confidential environment. Patients also can engage in family therapy, medication management, and a range of holistic services.
Dilaudid Addiction Levels of Care
Dilaudid Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient Dilaudid addiction treatment is available for patients who have completed a medical detox. Once free of the effects of the drug, patients can focus on building the skills necessary to live functional, independent lives.
Dilaudid Addiction Intensive Outpatient Program
Many patients seek continuing care after residential care and enroll in intensive outpatient treatment, or IOP. Individuals who want to continue Dilaudid addiction treatment and want the added flexibility of modified scheduling is ideal for this drug rehab program. Learn more information about our intensive outpatient treatment program.
Dilaudid Drug Rehab Aftercare
Outpatient treatment is provided as an aftercare service once an individual has completed Dilaudid inpatient drug rehab. Individual and group therapy will be provided based on their ongoing needs as they transition to an independent, sober life. Learn more about our aftercare treatment program.
Dilaudid Withdrawal and Detox
When someone is addicted to Dilaudid, one of the main barriers to recovery is the physical withdrawal that occurs when attempting to stop using the drug. An addicted individual may truly desire sobriety but might not achieve it due to the intensity of withdrawal.
Opioids like Dilaudid cause withdrawal symptoms, including severe cravings, muscle aches and general body pain, diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, anxiety, depression, restlessness, and inability to sleep. Individuals addicted to Dilaudid often need supervised medical detox to quit using and begin recovering successfully.
Learn More About Addiction to Dilaudid
People regularly taking Dilaudid to build up a tolerance to the drug, requiring larger and more frequent doses to get the desired effects. Users can develop a tolerance to Dilaudid within two or three weeks.
Those with a Dilaudid tolerance may experience withdrawal symptoms once the drug wears off. Someone who wants to stop taking Dilaudid but isn’t able to may have an addiction.
Those who abuse Dilaudid recreationally may mix it with alcohol and/or benzodiazepines to get a better high. Mixing Dilaudid with these drugs can lead to respiratory failure, coma, seizure, or even a fatal overdose.
As with other opiate painkillers, people abuse Dilaudid for the intense sense of euphoria and relaxation.
Effects of Dilaudid on the Body
The immediate impact of Dilaudid includes euphoria, drowsiness, pain relief, and sometimes nausea, vomiting, sedation, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
The short-acting effects of the drug mean that the “high” lasts about two to six hours, depending on tolerance, the amount used, and route of administration (oral or intravenous).
However, Dilaudid remains in the body for two to three days and is detectable on a drug test during this time. Since the drug acts so quickly in the system, Dilaudid carries a high risk of overdose, even in patients using the medication as prescribed.
Using Dilaudid can also cause a severe, even fatal overdose, especially when combined with other substances such as alcohol.
Signs of Substance Abuse & Addiction
The long-term consequences of Dilaudid use can be severe. One of the main risks of using the substance is the high potential for increased tolerance and addiction.
As someone uses Dilaudid over a long period, they reduce their sensitivity to it, causing them to need more substance to gain the same effects.
Developing tolerance is one of the significant signs that someone has become dependent or addicted. Dilaudid addiction can snowball, as the drug is potent and causes severe withdrawal symptoms when a user attempts to quit.
Preventing Dilaudid Abuse
One of the significant risks of Dilaudid is that it is readily available in many homes because it is often prescribed to treat pain conditions.
Patients who receive a prescription for this drug should take several precautions to avoid becoming dependent on it and prevent others in the household from abusing it.
Locking the medication up, using it only as prescribed and just for a few days, disposing of it properly, and even investigating other, non-addictive methods for pain relief can all help prevent someone from developing a Dilaudid addiction.
Our Mission to Offer Comprehensive Treatment
If you feel that you are dependent on Dilaudid or are concerned that someone you love is, the first step toward getting help is contacting an addiction treatment professional.
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we help people struggling with Dilaudid addiction by ensuring that they receive comfortable and safe care at a medical detox facility before beginning drug treatment. Detox allows the patient to have the most convenient and secure detox process possible before starting the hard work of addiction recovery.
We treat patients who suffer from Dilaudid addiction with various evidence-based therapies, including group and individual sessions, relationship therapy, and relapse prevention, among many other methods. If you are ready to take your first step toward freedom from Dilaudid addiction, call us today.
Does Insurance Cover Dilaudid Rehab?
Insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost of Dilaudid rehab programs. Each insurance company has limitations and restrictions based on specific criteria deemed medically necessary. We understand that every family has different needs and constraints. If you are considering entering Dilaudid addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan or inquire about self-pay options, call our trained and compassionate staff today.
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