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DILAUDID ADDICTION

photo of man holding his lower back in extreme pain

Hydromorphone (Dilaudid – trade name) was first synthesized in 1924 from the morphine molecule, which is a naturally-occurring opiate found in the poppy plant. It is about 5 times as potent as morphine, when taken orally. This makes it more potent than hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin and easier to develop a Dilaudid addiction. Orally, hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is more potent than oxymorphone (Opana), but when used I.V., oxymorphone is more potent than hydromorphone.

Dilaudid is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, and because of its high potency, it is generally only prescribed in chronic pain situations. However, Dilaudid is being sold on the street from those with prescriptions, or after being stolen from pharmacies or hospitals.

The pure powder from hydromorphone (Dilaudid) can be combined with water to produce varying strengths of the drug for hospital use is also being found on the streets. When “cut” with heroin, or when mistaken for heroin, overdose and death is possible. This is also true when the tablet is crushed and injected, snorted, or swallowed.

HYDROMORPHONE & DILAUDID ADDICTION TREATMENT

Opioid addiction is a very serious and life-threatening epidemic in many parts of the world today. The consequences include crime, medical and psychiatric disorders, and relationship and employment problems. Once addicted to Dilaudid, it is unlikely that one will be able to stop using opiates on his/her own. The development of a strong recovery support network and treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab is the most prudent course of action.

Typically, a Dilaudid addict will begin his/her treatment in a 7 – 10-day inpatient or residential opiate detox center. Once complete, the transfer to residential drug rehab will take place. It is critical that once intensive drug treatment has been completed the person who suffers from a Dilaudid addiction continue in an intensive drug and alcohol aftercare program, which will include outpatient counseling – either individually, or in a group setting.

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