Free Yourself from Dilaudid Addiction


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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.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Dilaudid Use

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:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Sweating

  • Flushed skin
  • Stomach pains
  • Strange dreams

Complications of Dilaudid Abuse

Thanks to its high potency and ready availability, dilaudid has a high potential for causing addiction. Addiction has an immense effect on your health, wellbeing and personal life. It can cause you to behave recklessly, develop bad habits, and hurt those closest to you. Worst of all, addiction completely takes control of your life, preventing you from enjoying things, events, and people you normally love.

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:

  • Hepatitis
  • Organ failure

Dangers of Dilaudid Use

Extended use of dilaudid can lead to numerous dangers to your physical and emotional health. Some common dangers that dilaudid abusers experience include:

  • Seizures
  • Wheezing
  • Severe pain in stomach or abdomen
  • Mood swings
  • Severe fatigue and drowsiness

Symptoms of Dilaudid Addiction

Addiction to dilaudid is based on a developed chemical dependency. Dilaudid acts on the brain to cause a release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, chemicals associated with reward, motivation, and euphoria. After time, users may take dilaudid to feel that sense of reward. Your body will also produce less of those neurotransmitters to compensate, forcing you to up your dilaudid intake just to feel normal.

If you suspect addiction to dilaudid, watch for:

  • Sudden emotional instability
  • Decline in work or school performance
  • Increased dosage of dilaudid beyond what is prescribed
  • Taking dilaudid for longer than is prescribed
  • Neglecting responsibilities to take dilaudid


  • Irritability
  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the muscles, joints, and abdomen
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Fatigue

Medical Intervention for Dilaudid Addiction

Medication can prove to be an invaluable tool on the road to recovery. Certain medications can be used to correct chemical imbalances, while others can help you manage withdrawal symptoms and keep your cravings in check. Some common medications you may be prescribed for dilaudid addiction include:
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Subutex
  • Suboxone

Dilaudid Detox Process

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.

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