Overcoming a Serious Dilaudid Addiction

Hydromorphone is the formal name for Dilaudid among other trade names. It is used as a derivative of morphine. These are listed as analgesics (painkillers) and in the opioid class. Dilaudid addiction, as well as the addiction to other forms of opiates does not only affect the addict, but it affects all Americans. In fact, opioid addiction costs over four billion dollars per year in traffic offenses, crime, healthcare and lost wages.

There are several reasons that a person may be more susceptible to an addiction associated with Dilaudid, including genetic predisposition. The children of former addicts are said to have a stronger reaction to the drug upon use; furthermore, Adults who where sexually abused as children also tend to suffer from addiction to this particular drug. Many addictions are simply stress related. It is not uncommon for a person to become addicted if the amount taken is more than prescribed or if the drug is taken for a longer period than recommended. Dilaudid has a higher potency than morphine by the milligram and is often referred to as drug store heroin when sold on the street.

How to overcome dilaudid addiction

Many people start out taking this drug for one type of pain or another and what happens is one day they find that the drug is no longer easing their pain. What happens next is they take more than what their Physician prescribed to them. If this is done enough times it will cause a tolerance to it. When this occurs the patient has no other alternative than to take more and more to get the desired effect. In my opinion this is the onset of dilaudid addiction.

Drug treatment centers are available to assist those that have become addicted. Rapid detoxification may be offered to some patients; this is done in a hospital setting with close monitoring. There are particular medications that can help with the withdrawal symptoms which are quite intense depending on the severity of the addiction. Synthetic forms of the opioid are most often used for detoxification. These medications include methadone and a more recent drug called buprenorphine; both relieve the cravings. Naltrexone is used to prevent the addict from relapsing, but can only be used if complete detoxification has been done. Naloxone is also to prevent relapse and it is also used for overdose. Never discontinue the drug without consulting a physician if it has been taken for an extended period of time.