Dilaudid (hyrdromorphone) is one of the many forms of narcotic painkillers or opiate analgesics. However, you term it and whatever you call it, the main parts of the drug remain the same as do the effects and chances of addiction. As I mentioned, Hydromorphone is an analgesic used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, and it can come in the form of tablets which are taken orally, a suppository to be inserted into the rectum, or an injection which must be placed into the hips or buttocks.
Euphoria and Getting “Hooked”
Many users of Dilaudid and other opioid drugs experience a feeling of euphoria and complete relaxation, it can make the mind feel fuzzy in a pleasurable way and in addition to the disappearance of pain, it can feel like a wonder drug. It is this feeling that can lead some patients to start using the drug for other reasons aside from pain relief, if they have had a bad day or are feeling a little stressed out they will take Dilaudid to calm themselves and relax a little.
As with any opioid drugs tolerance can build up very quickly, especially if they are being taken for reasons other than those it was prescribed for such as the ones I have listed above. Users will notice they are building up a tolerance when the normal dose of Dilaudid does not produce the same effect, it may still help the pain however the same level of euphoria will not be experienced and so patients will take an increased dose not for analgesic reasons but to get the same effect on the mind.
The most undeniable sign of an addiction is that of withdrawal symptoms, once the drug starts to wear off users will experience headaches, sweats, nausea, stomach cramps and often some psychological symptoms too such as depression, anxiety, mood swings and agitation. In some cases a complete mental breakdown might occur.
In order for an addict to be able to seek treatment there needs to be an intervention, a medical professional will need to facilitate some sort of treatment and care. This may be inpatient in a drug rehabilitation center or if it is more appropriate then outpatient care me be able to be arranged as long as the risk of relapse is low enough.
The first step in any rehabilitation journey is detox. This is where the supply of drugs is cut off and the toxins start to leave the body. This can be a very difficult and painful process, and the symptoms experienced can be very severe and distressing for the patient. Once the detox has been completed (usually lasting between 3 and 6 weeks) then there should be several sessions of counselling both in an individual setting and a group session. This will continue even after a person who has received inpatient treatment returns home. Many find it helpful to become support workers in step programs which help others to lead a life of sobriety.