Dilaudid is a powerful opiate pain medication that is used only to treat moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid is often prescribed for burns, cancer, heart attacks, bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, or for surgery. Dilaudid is not meant to be taken for mild and nagging pain, and is generally not prescribed over extended periods of time. Because Dilaudid is such a powerful and effective pain reliever it is often misused, or abused, by individuals looking to get high off of its powerful euphoric effects. In fact, many people who become addicted to Dilaudid are not drug addicts but people who were being prescribed the pain killer. They often start taking the drug as prescribed, and then find it incredibly difficult to stop using the drug. When their prescription runs out they often try to find the drug through alternative means, which can lead to a full blown drug addiction.
Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms
A major side effect of long term Dilaudid use are pain Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms. Because Dilaudid is an opiate based medication, these type of drugs are not only highly addictive, but can cause severe opiate withdrawal symptoms after long term use. Dilaudid is no different. While Dilaudid is widely thought to be a safe pain relieving medication, long term abuse of the drug can cause an opiate addiction as severe as heroin and OxyContin addictions.
Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Flu like symptoms
- Lack of energy
- Extreme Agitation
Oftentimes, medically assisted opiate detox is the only way to truly recover from Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms. However, for Dilaudid detox to truly be successful it must be followed up by some type of therapy or post detox addiction treatment program. There are a number of different types of Dilaudid detox programs including using opiate pain medications like Methadone or Suboxone, as well as rapid detox, also known as the Waismann Method. There are also a number of natural detox methods used in non-traditional holistic detox centers that are said to be effective in treating opiate addictions. However, while Methadone has long been the most popular type of opiate detox medication, Suboxone has now emerged as a safer and less addictive alternative.
If you’re struggling with a Dilaudid addiction, do not hesitate to speak with a drug treatment professional right away about your treatment options.