Dilaudid Abuse Help
Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is an opioid pain medication, used in hospitals, but also available in pill form. Like other opioid drugs, it has a high degree of potential for abuse and addiction. This article is intended to give reads some insight and Dilaudid abuse help to navigate the almost certain calamity ahead if this drug is not taken exactly as prescribed.
Dilaudid is used effectively
When used in the hospital, Dilaudid is an effective, short-term solution to control pain. Usually injected, the drug is not intended for long-term use. For example, a patient has had a knee replacement surgery and is recovering from the post-surgical pain. The medical team may have the patient on the IV form of dispensing the drug for a day, perhaps two, but as soon as possible they will take the patient off the IV and put him/her on oral medication.
I’ve told patients that we can anesthetize a horse, but that really would defeat the purpose of getting the patient up and around and ready for possible rehabilitation, or even a return to home. If the goal was to keep the patient completely pain free, that’s really rather easy to do, but the risks are far and away greater than the rewards. Even if the drug is prescribed for a while, the dosage is limited and not for the long haul.
Dilaudid abuse help when addiction starts
Dilaudid abuse help is needed when a patient, for whatever reason, takes too much drug, too often and is not following the doctor’s guidelines. It is human nature to press the limits of any instruction. If you don’t believe that, tell a three year-old not to put their hand near a hot stove.
Our nature is always challenging limits. The patient is probably going to be the last person in the room to recognize there is a need for help, but family and friends can usually spot the warning signs of abuse, which lead to dependence (addiction). In some circles, just abusing the drug, that is taking it for the wrong reason, is addiction, so the two words can be interchangeable.
Dilaudid is an opiate like heroin
An opioid pain medication is designed to relieve pain, but a side effect can be a pleasurable, euphoric sensation. The patient feels good, the pain is gone and they’re relaxed. They want to repeat that feeling, so they may take the drug more often than prescribed, and/or take more than the prescribed amount.
The problem is, the brain gets used to the drug, a tolerance is built up and it takes more and more drug just to achieve the same effect. The user can develop not only a physical dependence to Dilaudid, but a psychological dependence as well.
This can be described as the brain getting rewired to “think” it needs the drug to feel good or feel normal. The original need for the drug, to control pain, is no longer a medical reality, but now lies in the brain being tricked.
Dilaudid abusers often “doctor shop”
Any responsible doctor is not going to allow his/her patient to get too far out of control with this drug. That’s why abusers will go “doctor shopping” to try to find another doctor to fill out a prescription. Go to a hospital emergency room and you see rather quickly that drug seekers come in and abuse the staff trying to get their drug of choice.
Even if a person gets another prescription, the cost of Dilaudid is prohibitive. So, they may go to the streets and try to find something “cheaper” and all too often that means they purchase heroin.
Unlike any medical heroin, which was it’s original intent, street heroin may contain any number of ingredients the buyer isn’t looking for, and there is not way of telling the potency of the drug, or the amount needed to achieve the effect, so the risks are very high.
They want the HIGH!
Abusers no longer want pain relieve, but they enjoy the high. They need more drug to get high, so over time they develop an addiction.
Even so, in most cases, they will deny having any problem and will most likely say everybody else has the problem. Friends and family need to unite and encourage the person to get into treatment. Sheer will power isn’t going to be enough, as abuse and addiction to opioids is serious business and professional help is needed.
Must be kept in a safe place
There is one more caution to share about Dilaudid and that is keeping it safe. If you are prescribed Dilaudid, it is very important that you keep the medicine in a safe place, away from children and curious teenagers, who have no clue as to the impending damage that lies before them if they take this drug, either by accident or for recreation.
Not only keep the drug away from temptation, but also keep a very strict inventory of exactly how many pills should be in the bottle. If the patient no longer needs the drug, the best thing to do is take the remaining pills to a local hospital or clinic and have medical professionals dispose of the unneeded supply of drug.
Dilaudid, taken as prescribed for the right amount of time and in the right dosage, is a very effective pain controlling drug. But you need to understand its highly addictive nature and respect the instructions given by medical professionals.
At the first sign that something is not right, seek counsel and advice from professionals and make sure the person who needs Dilaudid abuse help gets it.
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