Dilaudid Addiction and Abuse

Dilaudid is a morphine-derivative prescription painkiller. It produces a high similar to heroin and possesses a strong potential for addiction and abuse.

Addiction to Dilaudid

Dilaudid is one of the more powerful synthetic narcotics in the opioid class of drugs and an addiction to Dilaudid can rapidly develop through continued use. Users can develop a tolerance to Dilaudid within two or three weeks. Those with a Dilaudid tolerance may experience withdrawal symptoms once the drug wears off.

Signs of a Dilaudid addiction include:

  • Becoming obsessed with the next dose
  • Spending excessive amounts of money on the drug
  • Failing to keep up with responsibilities such as school and work
  • Needing larger doses of Dilaudid to feel the high
  • Neglecting friends and family in favor of drug use
  • Stealing from medicine cabinets
  • Forging prescriptions for Dilaudid
  • Purchasing Dilaudid online or off the street

Many people addicted to Dilaudid may doctor shop for new prescriptions, visiting several doctors with complaints of chronic pain. It is not uncommon for Dilaudid abuse to lead to criminal activities in their search to get more of the drug.

Understanding Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is a schedule II controlled substance prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Doctors prescribe Dilaudid for pain related to cancer and serious injuries, such as burns. Dilaudid takes effect within 15 minutes, and its pain-relieving effects last up to six hours.

Doctors typically prescribe Dilaudid tablets in small doses, 2mg or 4mg. Some pills are round and some are triangular in shape. Dilaudid is also available as an oral liquid. In a hospital setting, doctors may administer Dilaudid intravenously.

Other brand names for Hydromorphone are Exalgo, Palladone, and Dilaudid-hp. Street names include Dillies, Big D, M-80s and Peaches.

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Dilaudid Effects and Abuse

Those abusing Dilaudid often inject the drug, because the effects are stronger than swallowing the pill form. Some users also crush the pills and snort them. As with other opiate painkillers, people abuse Dilaudid for the intense sense of euphoria and relaxation.

Dilaudid users have a high risk of overdose, which can be fatal. Someone prescribed the drug may not feel enough pain relief and take a higher dose, putting them at risk of overdosing. Of course, those abusing the drug may also overdose.

Some signs of a Dilaudid overdose include:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Weak pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Bluish-colored lips
  • Vomiting

Signs of Dilaudid Abuse

Some signs of Dilaudid abuse include:

  • Constricted pupils
  • Loss of alertness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood swings

Dangers of Dilaudid

Dilaudid is dangerous because tolerance ramps up quickly, leading many users to escalate their doses. Taking larger doses can cause potentially fatal respiratory depression. When Dilaudid is combined with alcohol or other drugs there is a high risk of overdose. Combined, alcohol and Dilaudid can cause an extreme reduction in respiratory function.

Serious complications of Dilaudid abuse can include:

  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Panic attacks
  • Slowed thinking
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
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Dilaudid users who inject the drug are at a greater risk of receiving and transmitting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Dilaudid abuse can also impact other parts of a user’s life, leading to problems such as:

  • Financial devastation due to the high price of Dilaudid
  • Divorce caused by prioritizing drug use over marriage
  • Incarceration due to theft or forging prescriptions
  • Moving on to stronger, cheaper drugs like heroin

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What is Dilaudid Withdrawal?

An individual taking Dilaudid, even for legitimate reasons, can become dependent on the drug in as little as two or three weeks. Dilaudid abuse can lead to both physical and psychological dependence quickly. At this point, users can no longer function normally without the drug.

People addicted to Dilaudid may experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Sweating and cramps are not uncommon.

It is never advisable to discontinue Dilaudid without medical supervision. Withdrawal from Dilaudid can cause dangerous complications, such as vomiting and trouble breathing. Physicians can prevent these outcomes and provide immediate care if complications arise.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Those in withdrawal from Dilaudid may appear cold and clammy, with flu-like symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from this drug are similar to those of heroin withdrawal.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Body cramps
  • Sweats
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Low blood pressure

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Duration of Withdrawal

Everyone has a different duration of withdrawal. Withdrawal can last about two weeks, again depending on the severity of the addiction.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Timeline

First hours The user experiences the initial symptoms of withdrawal just hours after the last dose of Dilaudid. Initial symptoms may include restlessness and anxiety.
Days 1-2 Symptoms peak somewhere after the first 14 hours of quitting. Users may start experiencing nausea, shaking, muscle aches, chills and sweating.
Days 3-4 For most people, the most intense symptoms of withdrawal fade after the third or fourth day. Users may have faint symptoms of nausea and aching muscles.
Days 5-14 Depending on the severity of the Dilaudid addiction, lingering symptoms of insomnia, depression, anxiety and irritability may still be present.

Treatment for Dilaudid Addiction

Receiving professional treatment at either an inpatient residential treatment center or an outpatient program can offer Dilaudid users their best chance at full recovery.

Treatment programs that emphasize a solid aftercare program can offer the knowledge and support that is essential to a sustainable recovery. Call us now for help finding a Dilaudid treatment program.

Top Dilaudid Rehabs

While most rehabs offer similar treatments, no two treatment centers are the same. Every Dilaudid rehab has its own style, and people looking for help should choose a center that fits their individual needs. The top Dilaudid treatment centers in the country are known for their individualized care and high success rates. Some of the top Dilaudid rehabs are:

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Get Help Now

You can overcome an addiction to Dilaudid. Many treatment programs have experienced great success assisting individuals in beating their addiction to Dilaudid and other drugs.

Once you take that first step and decide to get help, it’s just a matter of selecting the right treatment program for you. Our addiction specialists can help you find a treatment center that fits your individual needs.