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Dilaudid Detox

If you have a Dilaudid addiction, detoxification is one of the most important steps to overcoming it. At We Level Up, we offer a Dilaudid detox process to help you begin healing.

Basics of Dilaudid Addiction

The National Library of Medicine states that three million Americans have had or currently have an addiction to painkillers. One common type of painkiller that is highly addictive is Dilaudid.

Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a powerful synthetic narcotic that belongs to the opioid Schedule II controlled substance class of drugs. Opioids are natural or synthetic versions of chemicals that come from the opium poppy plant.

When used correctly, Dilaudid can help with moderate to severe pain due to operations, burns, and cancer treatment, but the risk of developing an addiction is high.

Dilaudid works by attaching itself to the receptors in the central nervous system and brain, dulling pain. It also triggers the release of high levels of dopamine, causing pleasure. This flood of dopamine activates the reward center in the brain. With regular use, your brain may stop making dopamine of its own, relying instead on the drug.

How quickly the effects of Dilaudid begin depends on the form of administration, but they can last for a few hours. Those who have a Dilaudid addiction tend to inject the drug or mix it with alcohol or benzodiazepines, which is highly dangerous.

Unfortunately, you can build a dependence on the drug in as little as two weeks of using it.

There are some risk factors that can make someone more prone to developing a Dilaudid addiction. Genetics and family history can play a big role, as people who have a close family member who abuses Dilaudid are much more likely to do so as well.

Some of the most common signs of a Dilaudid addiction include:

  • Apathy
  • Slurred speech
  • Spending time and effort getting the drug
  • Taking Dilaudid in greater quantities than prescribed
  • Constricted pupils
  • Doctor shopping
  • Drowsiness
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Developing tolerance
  • Euphoria
  • Poor memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired judgment
  • Depression

It is important to understand that Dilaudid can be very dangerous if used for longer periods than prescribed, in higher doses than prescribed, or with other substances. Because tolerance builds so quickly, the risk of overdosing is also high. Some of the signs of a Dilaudid overdose include:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Bluish lips
  • Shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cold or clammy skin

Dilaudid is a dangerous drug that can cause various health problems if it is misused, but there is help available. If you have a Dilaudid addiction, you can turn to our team at We Level Up to begin your recovery with Dilaudid detox.

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Beginning Recovery: What Is Dilaudid Detox?

Before you can focus on understanding the underlying causes of your addiction, you have to remove traces of the drug from your body in what is known as the detox process.

While this sounds simple, Dilaudid detox consists of intense withdrawal symptoms that can be difficult to tolerate without medical assistance. This step is imperative. If you suffer from addiction and fail during your detox and relapses, you will be less likely to try again.

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At We Level Up, we offer medical detox for people struggling with addiction, allowing them to avoid the worst withdrawal symptoms. If you attempt to go through the detox process on your own, you can put yourself at risk of relapsing, and you can even put your health in danger. Some of the Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Goosebumps
  • Chills and shivering
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Fever
  • Muscle spasms
  • Depression

The Dilaudid withdrawal timeline differs from person to person based on factors like your usual dosage, your health, and the severity of your addiction. Our experienced staff can conduct a thorough interview and give you an idea of how long the process takes for people with circumstances similar to yours.

People with pre-existing cardiac conditions or other medical disorders may find their symptoms aggravated by withdrawal. They may experience a rapid pulse and elevation in blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders, particularly panic disorders, may see their symptoms intensify during detox. Similarly, people with pain conditions are likely to experience increased pain during detoxification

At We Level Up, we offer medical detox to help with Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to begin your recovery with comfort and 24/7 medical assistance if you need it.

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How Long Will Dilaudid Detox Take?

Dilaudid detox can take as long as a week or two in most cases. However, professional detox centers will sometimes keep patients at the facility for several weeks, usually about a month, in order to ensure they are completely over their dependence and ready to begin addiction treatment. Usually, opioid detox occurs in three stages.

Stage One: The Most Uncomfortable Stage

Though this stage only lasts about one to three days, it is the one that most people fear and the one that can be the most uncomfortable. People will begin to experience withdrawal effects about six to eight hours after they last used the drug if it was a regular-release medication. If, however, the drug was an extended-release type, they may not begin to experience withdrawal effects until 10 or 12 hours after their last dose. The symptoms you may experience during this stage normally include pain in the joints, bones, and muscles, flu-like symptoms, and anxiety.

Stage Two: The Longest Stage

This stage usually is where people experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as lingering effects from the previous stage. Often, this stage lasts the longest, usually for four or more days. People going through this stage are highly susceptible to dehydration. 

Having medical supervision during this stage is crucial to ensure you are always safe and that your cravings are managed. Staying in the security of our detox facility during this difficult stage of recovery can prevent you from relapsing.

Stage Three: The Last Stage

During this stage, you may experience lingering withdrawal effects. Some people think that they are through withdrawal when they are just experiencing stage three. Therefore, it is so important to be careful when withdrawing and not go back to your everyday life too quickly. Detox programs will often help people through this stage as well, which can last anywhere from one day to a week or more. It is important to never leave treatment early, as this could lead to relapse.

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Dilaudid Detox Medications

At We Level Up, we turn to certain medications to offer our patients the relief they need from withdrawal symptoms as they go through the Dilaudid detox process. We perform a detailed intake assessment of your mental and physical health to ensure we use the medications best suited to your needs.

Throughout the entire detox process, you will have medical supervision and checkups, monitoring the way you react to the individual drugs we provide.

One of the drugs we use is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine can alleviate the pain and discomfort that withdrawal causes. We generally use it together with naloxone, which blocks the euphoria that opioids can bring.

Methadone is another one of the medications we work with at We Level Up. It is one of the most common treatment medications for people suffering from opioid withdrawal.

For people who have been off Dilaudid for at least seven days, we can turn to naltrexone. It functions in the body as an opioid antagonist. If you were to use it while Dilaudid was still in your system, you could experience severe symptoms of withdrawal.

Clonidine is another option. It is a non-opioid used to relieve anxiety, agitation, cramping, and tension. It also helps regulate blood pressure and pulse while reducing cravings.

Dilaudid Treatment Settings 

It is important to understand that going through Dilaudid detox is not a substitute for a comprehensive addiction treatment program, which can help you build the skills necessary to avoid relapse. Recovery is a long road that takes a lot of work, but finding a detox program is a good first step.

At We Level Up, we offer residential treatment programs to help combat the intense symptoms of Dilaudid abuse as well as other substance use disorders. Inpatient treatment allows you to remove yourself from your normal environment, immersing yourself in a supportive and welcoming location with professionals ready to help you.

Opioid treatment can be complex, and you need to have people helping you right from the start.

Dilaudid Detox Treatment

You do not have to go through Dilaudid addiction recovery on your own. When you turn to We Level Up, you can receive the care you need and 24/7 monitoring that allows you to remain comfortable as you go through detox.

Our team is ready to help you reduce the severity of your Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms so that you have a higher chance of achieving long-term recovery. Contact We Level Up right now to learn more about our detox programs.

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