Dilaudid is a schedule II controlled substance for moderate to severe pain. It attaches to brain receptors and your central nervous system to dull pain and impact pleasure center. It is important to go into treatment if you are feeling too dependent on this drug that it turns to an addiction.

Dilaudid applied to pain related to cancer and from serious injuries like burns. The effect comes in after fifteen minutes and lasts up to six hours. Many tend to inject the drug since the effects are stronger compared to taking it orally or people crush and snort it. Some may not feel pain relief which makes them take higher doses, leading to overdosing. Overdosing symptoms include pinpoint pupils, weak pulse, shallow breathing, blue lips, vomiting, and fainting. Tolerance to the drug comes quickly which can make you take more doses. Complications from abuse include stroke, coma, nausea, collapsed veins, stomach pain, convulsions, heart attack, trouble breathing, and death. Other problems can occur as a result of Dilaudid addiction like receiving and transmitting HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis, financial problems, divorce, incarceration for forging signatures, and wanting cheaper drugs with the same effect like heroin.

Luckily, there are many methods of treatment for Dilaudid addiction. There is inpatient rehab to learn about new habits, attitudes, and behaviors to stray you away from cravings. Medical professionals will reduce withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications like dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea. You will also receive group therapy, 12 step meetings, and individualized counseling. Outpatient is also help for those with a busy schedule who just need to check in once a week for counselling and medical check-ups. Make sure to continue taking your medications like buprenorphine to reduce cravings and withdrawal. Stopping medications can lead to relapse if you think that you are fine without them. If you are, it means they are working.

It is also important to find ways to relax and manage your stress without drugs like massages, yoga, deep breathing techniques, meditation, and journaling. Join a 12 step program to get a healthy support system and be around those encouraging recovery.  Develop healthy habits to improve your mood and energy like having a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise. Find ways to distract your cravings like develop a new hobby, go back to one you enjoyed, or take a class to find productive things to do everyday.

Located in downtown Midland, The Springboard Center’s mission is to offer programs and services to treat alcohol and drug addiction treatment using an evidence based curriculum, 12 step programs, diet, nutrition, exercise, emotional, mental and spiritual development for a long recovery. For more information, please call us at 432-620-0255 as we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.