Dilaudid Abuse Causes
Dilaudid’s generic name is hydromorphone, which is an opioid pain reliever, a derivative or morphine, used for moderate to severe pain. Like other opioid medications, there is a high degree of abuse, as all too often people will ignore the doctor’s prescription directives and will take too much of the drug, too often and that ids abuse.
Of course patients are warned that this drug is “habit forming” (on of the main Dilaudid abuse causes) which is a nice way of saying that people will abuse it and that can lead to addiction. Because opioids are so popular as recreational drugs, patients using this medication need to take strict care in making sure that their medication is kept away from those who will use it to get high.
Moreover, because it is also too easy to get used to the effects of Dilaudid, patients need to be careful to take the medication only as prescribed, and that also means using it for a specified amount of time.
They like the way it makes them feel
The main reason why people will abuse Dilaudid is that they like the way they feel when they take it. At first it may be because it relieves the pain, which of course is the main reason to take it.This is another of the primary Dilaudid abuse causes.
But after while they may not require pain relief and the Dilaudid acts as a relaxing agent and maybe gives them a little “high” or perhaps they go for a more intense experience and take the drug in a way other than prescribed. People push the envelope and Dilaudid is a particularly easy drug to abuse.
A brain disease
Dilaudid abuse causes addiction, which is a brain condition. The drug acts on the neuro transmitters in the brain and the desired effect is achieved. That’s an over simplification, but how your brain reacts to the drug is the focal point for any cause of abuse or addiction.
Let’s pause for a moment and state that there is a fine line sometimes between abuse and addiction. Abuse is really when a drug is used for other than its intended purpose, whereas addiction is defined when the user can no longer say no to using.
As a person uses the drug, he/she can build up a tolerance, meaning it takes more of the drug to achieve the same results. While this is going on, the person can develop a physical of psychological need (addiction) to use the drug. Where abuse becomes addiction is different for every person, but over the years the gap between the two conditions in the eyes of many qualified professionals is becoming narrower.
Want to take more and more
When people like the way they feel, or approve of the effectiveness of the drug, another very human reaction takes place. If one dose is good, then two must be better. Think about it, it’s human nature. Can you really eat just one Oreo cookie, or have just one potato chip? We always want more.
Select your pleasure. You can fill in the blank for the following statement: If one _____ gives me what I want, then two _____ must surely be better. People tend to stretch the limits of anything. We eat too much, drink too much, work too much, and we do _____ too much. Our own desires and inclinations are really the root cause of abuse and another in the list of Dilaudid abuse causes.
Some start selling or trading it
People will also innocently enough become drug pushers when they share their Dilaudid prescription with another person. That is also abuse--taking a prescription medication without a prescription.
Dilaudid can be found on the street and is commonly used for recreation. Opioids will produce a euphoric feeling. Moreover, taken improperly, the drug can produce a “rush” or “high” that many abusers find enjoyable. Dilaudid abusers who cannot find their drug of choice, or who cannot afford the more expensive Dilaudid, might substitute heroin or another opioid.
Needing a fix starts the addiction
Not all recreational users/abusers will develop an addiction, but repeated use certainly can lead to dependence. Abusers most likely will suffer withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing use of Dilaudid. Among the symptoms is a craving for the drug. When a person must use Dilaudid and has to have a “fix” that is where the addiction path begins.
In recent years, drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl are prescribed more commonly than Dilaudid, but are equally as addiction and widely abused.
Avoid taking because you like the way it makes you feel!
In closing, Dilaudid abuse is using the drug for anything other than its intended purpose for the stated amount of time in the stated quantities. But the line between abuse and addiction is very fine and people need to be mindful of this.
Abusing the drug because you like the way it makes you feel is the first step towards dependence and a life of misery and slavery. In so many ways, drug abuse IS drug addiction. The cause is our own need to feel good, or to feel better, or to make the world go away.