What Are the Signs of Dilaudid Abuse?
Dilaudid is a member of the opiate painkiller family and when taken it produces a sense of euphoria; however, there are other, less pleasant side-effects, as well, including constipation, vomiting, drowsiness and a suppressed ability to breathe. While there are a number of ways that Dilaudid can be taken including as a rectal suppository, in tablet form or orally, the only way it produces the euphoric effect is by being injected intravenously. Any use of Dilaudid will eventually require the help of Malibu treatment programs, due to its highly addictive nature.
According to research, it is very rare for a person who abuses this drug to not become addicted and because of this addictive quality, it is often sold on the street and has earned a number of “slang” names, including:
5. Super 8
6. Big D
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is manufactured legally and distributed all across the US; however, abusers often acquire it by nefarious means including theft from pharmacies, forged prescriptions, doctor shopping and from acquaintances or friends who have the drug.
How Dilaudid Works
Dilaudid is a pain killer, which is why those “good” feelings occur when it is taken. This is also what leads to someone becoming addicted, a desire to feel that “good” once again. The effects of Dilaudid depend on a number of factors including the person’s weight, if they have eaten and how much of the drug is taken or injected. However, the effects typically kick in within 15 minutes and can last for up to six hours.
Using Dilaudid often can lead to dependency on the drug, as well as a tolerance to the drug in a very short period of time. When tolerance is developed, the user will have to take larger amounts of the drug in order to achieve the desired outcome, which can quickly escalate into a vicious cycle of addiction.
In many cases, the withdrawal symptoms are so strong that the individual has a difficult time coping with them. This is often why it is suggested for the person to seek a physician’s care or Malibu treatment programs to manage the withdrawal symptoms and help them taper off of the drug slowly. When searching for this treatment center it is essential to take some time to ensure that the right facility for the suffering addict is selected. This will help achieve the best outcome possible.
If you are interested in finding more information about addiction treatment and the various Malibu treatment programs available, contact Seasons in Malibu today.