The United States has a serious problem when it comes to dependency on a drug known as Dilaudid. It is becoming more and more common for the medicine to be overused and misused. Because of it being easily accessible, it has become a popular drug for recreational use.
What Exactly Is Dilaudid?
As a narcotic opiate, Dilaudid is often used as an alternative pain medication for morphine. It has been known to be used as a cough suppressant and has even been used with terminally ill patients due to the fact that it is often considered stronger than morphine. Like other narcotic opiates, Dilaudid provides a euphoria sensation within just 15 minutes of taking it and can last for as long as six hours. Extended use and large doses of Dilaudid can lead to a higher risk of dependency.
Misuse and Overuse Dilaudid Signs and Symptoms
The side effects associated with the use of Dilaudid are very similar to that of morphine and heroin. These can include vomiting, nausea, itching, dizziness, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, swellings of hands and feet, insomnia, and sedation. Users who have a dependency on the drug may experience body pain, anxiety issues, depression, muscle spasms, delusions, agitation, disorientation, hallucinations, paranoia and seizures.
If a woman takes Dilaudid while pregnant, the baby is at risk for dependency and may experience withdrawal symptoms and respiratory problems. Users who choose to inject the drug are at higher risk of overdose, accidental death and circulatory collapse.
Dilaudid Medical Detox Treatment
The withdrawal symptoms associated with the Dilaudid drug can be very sever and extremely painful. These symptoms can include hot and cold flashes, anxiety, insomnia, abdominal pain, body pain and sweating. These symptoms are not long-lasting, but they are intense and severe. For that reason, many people seek Dilaudid medical detox treatment to help ease the symptoms and discomfort associated with them.
Medical detox can be conducted in an outpatient or inpatient setting, depending on the needs and preferences of the patient. While outpatient detox will allow normal routines to continue while receiving certain types of medication to help ease the withdrawal symptoms, it is not a supervised treatment and often leads to patients turning back to old habits and taking Dilaudid again and failing to complete the treatment. With inpatient, however, patients are constantly supervised. They still receive medication to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the withdrawal symptoms, but they have someone with them every step of the way. This helps to solidify the process and ensure that the detox treatment is seen through to the end. One of the safest and most effective ways of medical detoxing is by IV therapy, which allows medications to be administered via an IV and promotes more comfort for the patient. This is something we offer here at Shadow Mountain Recovery.
After medical detox is complete, we can further help you understand that your drug use is a choice. We can help you develop new habits that will teach you that you have the strength to say no to drugs and help you lead a drug-free life after leaving Shadow Mountain Recovery.