Dilaudid (an Overview of Abuse, Addiction, Signs, Symptoms, Treatment)

Dilaudid is a pain medication containing hydromorphone. Unfortunately, because this drug can cause euphoric effects when taken in large doses, many individuals abuse it. This dangerous misuse can lead to addiction, and if you are currently experiencing addictive symptoms, it is important to seek out a safe, reliable treatment program as soon as possible. Call 800-654-0987 today.

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Understanding Dilaudid Abuse

According to the National Library of Medicine, Dilaudid and other opioids work by “changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.” This medication is given to individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain, but in many cases, abuse occurs in those who experience tolerance and dependence and start taking more of the drug. Many people also take Dilaudid without ever having a prescription for it in the first place.

Like other narcotics, Dilaudid is addictive when misused. And, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the issue of opioid abuse is only becoming more severe in our community. Many individuals who start out misusing Dilaudid and other prescription drugs later turn to heroin to satisfy their cravings and stave off withdrawal symptoms, and the potential for this outcome is a serious problem. Abusing Dilaudid can only lead to more and more dangerous outcomes the longer it goes untreated.

Signs and Symptoms of Dilaudid Abuse

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Headache and dizziness are common side effects of Dilaudid abuse.

People who are taking larger than necessary doses of Dilaudid will become drowsy, confused, and dizzy. They will also experience a euphoric high that will be very easy to recognize. Other signs and symptoms that a person is using Dilaudid include:

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Stomach pain or cramps
  • Flushing
  • Itching
  • Constipation

Issues with depression and/or anxiety can also form––or worsen––when a person abuses an opioid drug. Extremely high doses can lead to respiratory depression, which can be deadly. In most cases, though, the individual will not want to stop and would rather make excuses to keep using or treat any uncomfortable symptoms (like constipation) in ways other than ending their use of the drug.

If one who abuses Dilaudid consistently does suddenly stop taking the drug, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms, which can cause pain and also feel similar to a case of the flu (NLM). Withdrawal is not a definite sign of abuse, as many individuals become dependent on the drug while taking it as directed, but consistent bouts of withdrawal and euphoria can strongly suggest that the individual is taking the drug in large doses.

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Dilaudid Addiction

With consistent abuse, addiction to Dilaudid does occur. This is a serious issue, as many individuals are not able to stop abusing the drug without help. Those who try often relapse during withdrawal because of the severely uncomfortable and painful symptoms. Many individuals continue their abuse through serious issues caused by the drug, refusing to stop or being unable to stop even if others beg them to.

As stated above, Dilaudid addiction can lead to the abuse of other drugs, chiefly heroin. According to the NIDA, heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription opioids, and “nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin.” Abuse of narcotics is a serious issue, one that can often only get worse without treatment.

When Does the Use of Prescription Drugs Become a Problem?

Dilaudid Addiction Treatment

Dilaudid addiction treatment works similarly to heroin addiction treatment; patients are first either maintained on a medication like buprenorphine or methadone or they are slowly weaned off one of these drugs to minimize the severity of withdrawal (NIDA). Once the individual is stabilized, they can begin a regimen of behavioral therapies that will help them learn to avoid relapse and to view their substance abuse in a more beneficial light.

Patients sometimes may use a less popular option like naltrexone, a medication that is not well tolerated by most individuals but, if taken faithfully, can help a person end their opioid abuse very quickly. In addition, any co-occurring mental or physical disorders that may lead to relapse, such as depression or chronic pain, must be addressed during treatment.

Seek Treatment Today

Dilaudid is not an extremely powerful opioid drug comparatively speaking, but it can still cause addiction as well as a number of other serious effects if abused. Call 800-654-0987 now to find a rehab center that will cater to your needs and help you begin your recovery.

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