Dilaudid, otherwise known as hydromorphone, is a member of the opioid family of analgesic drugs. Dilaudid is prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe pain. In many countries, it is becoming increasingly popular for the treatment of chronic pain. Because it also acts on the area of the brain that regulates breathing, it is also sometimes used to relieve a severe and persistent dry cough.
As with other drugs derived from the opium poppy and their synthetic analogues, users almost invariably report a sensation of euphoria and tranquility after having taken Dilaudid. It is sometimes prescribed to treat underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. This is a phenomenon known as dual diagnosis. It occurs when an individual is not only addicted to a substance or behavior, but has a coexisting mental condition such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
As a result of his traumatic association with Hankel, Dr. Reid developed PTSD, which complicated his Dilaudid withdrawal recovery. Dual diagnosis is common, and the staff at Seattle Drug Treatment Centers know how to spot it and counsel patients as to the right treatment program or facility.
One of the main drawbacks of Dilaudid is its potential for addiction. This occurs when repeated use of a drug causes brain changes that ultimately make an individual crave increasing doses of the substance to get the same level of euphoria and well-being.
The popular drama series Criminal Minds illustrated this in a number of episodes involving Dr. Spencer Reid, who had the drug injected into his arm by his captor, serial killer Tobias Hankel. The behavioral analyst quickly became addicted and suffered from Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms in several subsequent episodes.
Suddenly coming off of an addictive substance can cause what are known as withdrawal symptoms. You often hear people talk about getting withdrawal symptoms from chocolate, or when their favorite television program comes to an end. While these may be genuinely uncomfortable, they are nowhere near as serious as Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms.
Without close medical supervision, suddenly stopping Dilaudid can cause hallucinations, delerium tremens, or life-threatening situations such as respiratory or circulatory depression, seizures, strokes, or heart attacks. Among the many less life-threatening Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms are:
The first step toward recovery from Dilaudid addiction is almost always medical detoxification, or detox. Medical detox refers to the safe management of Dilaudid withdrawal. This process is rarely enough on its own to achieve complete drug abstinence.
The length of time that Dilaudid withdrawal takes depends on a number of things: how much of the drug the individual used, the length of time they used it, and how frequently they used it. There are also psychological factors that vary from person to person.
For some people, inpatient hospital care offers the best solution to the detoxification process. Other individuals may fare better in a specialized residential care facility. This is something that the staff at Seattle Drug Treatment Centers can advise you on.
After detoxification, the main goal of Dilaudid addiction treatment is for the individual to return to productive functioning. Studies have shown that therapeutic community treatment reduces drug use and crime by 40% to 60% and increases long-term employment prospects by the same percentage. While Dilaludid addiction may seem like a lifelong battle, drug treatment can be as successful as therapies for other long-term conditions, such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes.
Not everyone has access to the extensive resources of the FBI that Dr. Spencer Reid did. If you or someone you know has a problem with Dilaudid addiction, don't hesitate to seek treatment. Let the caring professionals at Seattle Drug Treatment Centers help you to find the care setting that is best for you.