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What Do I Do if My Child is Using Prescription Pills?

Written By: Brian Cattelle

What Do I Do if My Child is Using Prescription Pills?

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There are a variety of prescription pills available to children and that number is growing each year. A child using prescription pills commonly mixes them with other drugs and alcohol. This combination can be fatal.

What are the Warning Signs My Child is Using Prescription Pills?

Physical signs include:
• Bloodshot eyes
• Dilated or contracted pupils
• Slurred speech
• Lack of eye contact
• Impaired coordination
• Lack of hygiene and physical appearance
• Changes in appetite
• Changes in sleep
• Sudden weight gain or loss
• Mood swings
• Erratical behavior
• Paranoia
• Depression
• Isolation

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Behavioral signs include:
• Drop in performance at work or school (skipping class, bad grades, calling out of work, getting fired, etc.)
• Financial trouble
• Selling expensive items
• Stealing
• Cheating
• Lying
• Change in friend group
• Staying out later than usual
• Lying about where they’re going
• Risky or suspicious behavior
• Legal issues

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How Do I Talk to My Child About Prescription Pill Abuse!?

Confronting a child using prescription pills can be difficult. There’s no way around this, it’s going to be uncomfortable, painful, and probably awkward. However, if your child is abusing prescription pills, it’s a vital step to confront them. The first step to solving any problem is identifying that it exists.

Getting advice from an interventionist or drug counselor is a good way to start. Talking to treatment centers is another way to start. Many, if not all, children using prescription pills won’t want to stop. They may not think they have a problem, or they may be too scared to do anything about their problem.

Rarely, the child abusing prescription pills will want to stop. They may be too nervous to admit to you, their parent, that they’re addicted. Having an open, honest, and human conversation, can go a long way to getting help for your child.

The child abusing prescription pills isn’t usually aware of the damage they’re causing themselves. They’re certainly not aware of the pain they’re causing you. You’ll want to express your concern, and lay down the consequences of further use.

What’s the Next Step?

First, monitor your child’s prescription pill use. This’ll keep your child, and the rest of the family, safe. If your child is abusing opioid or benzodiazepine type drugs, they may be physically addicted, and need to detox. Both these drugs are extremely addictive and carry with them harmful withdrawal symptoms.

Drug treatment is usually the next step. Talk to your family, friends, your child’s friends, and build a large support network. See if any of these people have gone to, or had loved ones in, treatment. Research drug and alcohol treatment centers online. Through participating and engaging in treatment, your child will learn about the disease of addiction and the solution of recovery.

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Adolescent prescription pill addiction is a complicated and often misunderstood disorder. Quality addiction treatment requires a comprehensive and compassionate approach. Fortunately, that’s where Lighthouse Recovery Institute steps in.

Recovery is possible for anyone and everyone. Learn how we help you or a loved one take the first step towards a new life.

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A Legal Drug with Nasty Withdrawals

Percocet Withdrawal

Percocet is a semisynthetic opioid painkiller. It affects the body and brain the same way as heroin, morphine, or any illegal narcotic. That is to say, it produces a relaxing and warm euphoria. Like all other opioids, Percocet is also incredibly physically addicting.

percocet withdrawal

Once hooked, users looking to quit have to endure the nightmare experience of Percocet withdrawal. I’ll list the specific symptoms below, but suffice it to say that Percocet withdrawal isn’t pretty.

Like any opioid detox, it’s an uncomfortable experience. In fact, many recovering addicts note that they kept using longer than they should have simply to avoid withdrawal.

So, how can Percocet withdrawal symptoms be eased? How can we, as men and women in recovery, help the addict who still suffers? That’s exactly what this article sets out to answer.

Remember, the more you know, the more you can help. If you’re thinking about quitting Percocet, or have a loved one in the grips of Percocet withdrawal, read on. Below, I’ll break down the common symptoms of Percocet detox and offer practical advice to make this tough time just a bit easier.

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Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – detox symptoms vary greatly from person to person. No two people react the same way to any chemical. So, it’s important to remember that the following Percocet withdrawal symptoms are general.

You, or a loved one, may or may not experience the following symptoms. Regardless, seeking professional help during Percocet detox is recommended. This will help easy nasty symptoms and also give you the best shot at long-term recovery.

Percocet withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Sneezing & a Runny Nose
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Cramping
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Pain All Over the Body

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Doesn’t sound too pleasant, right? The question now becomes how to best help someone experiencing these Percocet withdrawal symptoms. After all, if the fear of detox is enough to keep addicts high, something needs to be done!

This is where drug and alcohol treatment, as well as twelve-step support, steps into the picture.

Freedom From Percocet

If you’re struggling with Percocet addiction, there’s hope! While detoxing isn’t going to be fun, it’s within grasp of everyone. There are medical detox facilities that specialize in weaning people off of Percocet. There are inpatient, outpatient, and all other sorts of drug rehabs. In short, there are a lot of options.

So, if you’re experiencing Percocet withdrawal symptoms, fear not! Help is as easy as picking up the phone. Give Lighthouse a call at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015.

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You’ll be connected to one of our caring and expert admission coordinators. They’ll be happy to share their experience, strength, and hope about overcoming Percocet addiction. They’ll also be happy to discuss all of your options. Why wait? Call Lighthouse today!

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What You Need to Know about Dilaudid Withdrawal

Dilaudid Withdrawal

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Dilaudid is a fast acting member of the opioid family. It goes by the chemical name hydromorphone and is five times stronger than heroin. That’s pretty strong! It’s also worth noting that Dilaudid produces a number of unintended side effects, not least of which is Dilaudid withdrawal.

Like other members of the opioid family, hydromorphone produces a physical dependence. However, because of its short half-life, Dilaudid withdrawal is generally quicker than, say, heroin or morphine detox.

Dilaudid side effects aren’t limited to only withdrawal. In fact, Dilaudid is considered to be one of the most dangerous opioids. This is due in no small part to its strength and quick onset of action.

Dilaudid crosses the blood brain barrier much faster than any other opioid. This leads to an intense “rush” for users, while also shortening the duration of their high. Because of this, hydromorphone addicts will use more pills. This is just one of many Dilaudid side effects.

Find a comprehensive list of Dilaudid side effects below, followed by some Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms.

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Dilaudid Side Effects

Dilaudid side effects vary in range from mild to severe. Mild side effects consist of things like:

• Blurred Vision

• Skin Flushing

• Nausea & Vomiting

• Drowsiness

• Sweating

• Extreme Itching

• Insomnia

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Severe Dilaudid side effects generally look like:

• Decreased Respiration

• Decreased Heartbeat

• Arrhythmia

• Chest Tightness

• Confusion

• Seizure

• Overdose

• Blood Borne Diseases (HCV, HIV, etc.)

Remember, these aren’t all of the many Dilaudid side effects. Consult a medial professional, whether that’s a doctor, pharmacist, or treatment center, for a complete list.

Having examined the more common side effects of hydromorphone abuse, let’s turn our attention to one of the overlooked side effects – Dilaudid withdrawal.

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Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms

As mentioned above, Dilaudid withdrawal is generally shorter and more intense than other types of opioid withdrawal. This is due to hydromorphone’s short half-life.

Dilaudid withdrawal generally lasts for three to five days. Peak symptoms occur on the second and third day. Dilaudid detox symptoms are similar in nature to other opioid withdrawal symptoms and may include:

• Irritability

• Sweating

• Shaking

• Nausea & Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Muscle & Bone Pain

• Hypertension

• Tachycardia

• Insomnia

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above symptoms of Dilaudid withdrawal, seek help immediately! Although hydromorphone detox isn’t fatal, it is very unpleasant. In fact, the withdrawal from Dilaudid is a major trigger for many addicts. They continue their addiction only to avoid withdrawal.

dilaudid side effects

If you’d like more information on Dilaudid withdrawal and treatment, call Lighthouse today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. We’re happy to help you in any way possible! Remember, we can all change!

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