The brand name for hydromorphone, dilaudids are in the class of opiate analgesics. Sometimes used as a substitute for morphine, dilaudid is usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief as a result of burns, bone or soft tissue injuries, and cancer treatments.
Dilaudids are registered as a Schedule II drug, meaning they have the highest risk of abuse or addiction. Over 33 million people in the U.S. used dilaudids and other prescription pain relievers for nonmedical purposes in 2005 alone.
As a pain reliever, dilaudids are most often noted for creating feelings of euphoria, physical relaxation, and calm. Some other side effects that can accompany this high include:
Addiction is often associated with a wide range of physical issues caused by sharing needles, practicing unsafe sex, or living an otherwise dangerous lifestyle. These include:
If you suspect addiction to dilaudid, watch for:
The primary reason for detox is to flush out the toxins that have developed in your system from extended dilaudid use. While medication can help, the main method involves tapering off use and waiting.
However, it doesn’t hurt to have help along the way, and inpatient care can lend a hand. Through inpatient care, you are admitted to a detox facility and put under the care of a medical staff. Along with upholding a positive, supporting environment for your detox, the medical staff can provide numerous services to help you when the journey gets rough. Counselors provide emotional support and motivations, while the medical team can administer scheduled medications and provide any necessary emergency care.
Detox is the first step in your journey to recovery. It leads directly into rehab, which usually requires or includes detox. Detox works the chemicals out of your system, while rehab lends you knowledge, support, and tools for long-term sobriety. Remember that rehab isn’t a cure for addiction. Even when you get clean, some days will be easier than others. Rehab prepares you for those hard days.