Can Detox Treatment Help with Long-term Dilaudid Addiction?
Abuse of the opiate medication, Dilaudid is a concern in the U.S. Each year thousands die from opiate overdose and other drug related accidents. Although the vast majority of persons struggling with Dilaudid abuse will not seek help, many will ask the question “Can detox treatment help with long-term Dilaudid addiction?”
Stronger than Morphine
Dilaudid is a very powerful painkiller that is stronger – nearly ten times stronger – than Morphine. The effects of Dilaudid can be felt quickly (within 15 minutes) and continue for more than six hours. Dilaudid is used in burn units, in pain management for cancer patients, after surgery and in soft tissue and bone injuries. Dilaudid is from the narcotic class of opiates and works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Dilaudid blocks plain and leaves the individual with a sense of euphoria.
Risk for Overdose
Long-term use of Dilaudid will increase the risk for developing a tolerance to the drug which means that an individual will need to take more with each dose to achieve the desired results. Since Dilaudid stays active in the body for more than six hours, increasing the amount taken puts the individuals at risk for overdose.
Dilaudid Detox Treatment and Withdrawal
Depending on the severity of Dilaudid abuse, the side effects of withdrawal may begin within a few hours after the last time the drug was taken. Dependency is more likely to occur in individuals who have a history of substance abuse. Indications that an individual may be suffering from Dilaudid abuse may be revealed through physical and psychological symptoms. It is not uncommon for individuals with dependency to “doctor shop” – that is to visit many different doctors in order to get access to more of the drug. Most physicians do not recommend suddenly stopping Dilaudid use or trying to quit cold turkey at home alone. It is possible to slowly taper off Dilaudid, but many individuals find that even the slowest of tapering schedules will still bring about the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Muscle/joint pain
- Flu-like symptoms
Ideally, the best way to stop using Dilaudid is with the help of a professional inpatient medical detox facility. An inpatient detox may be found in a traditional hospital program or through a private center. The method used during detox will make a difference in the comfort level of the patient. Most hospitals rely on oral medications that are not the most effective in controlling withdrawal symptoms. A better approach is IV therapy medical detox which is immediately effective in managing symptoms. Research has shown that patients who remain comfortable throughout detox are more likely to stay until the process is complete and more likely to be successful in recovery.
After Dilaudid Detox
Following-up medical detox with a recovery program such as rehab, behavioral therapy or a community based support group or 12-step group is a good idea and can increase recovery success. Discover how detox treatment can help with long-term Dilaudid addiction by calling Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929.