Hydromorphone is a controlled substance that is prescribed to help deal with moderate to severe pain resulting from illness, injury or surgery. This drug works by attaching to pain receptors within the brain, halting painful sensations from being felt by the patient. Hydromorphone can cause an individual to experience euphoria and relaxation as side effects, and it is these sensations that often push people to hydromorphone addiction and abuse. Hydromorphone is also sold as Dilaudid and can be prescribed in liquid or tablet form. Within hospital settings, hydromorphone is also available intravenously following surgery. Hydromorphone is also dispensed under the brand names Exalgo and Palladone.
This drug is considered to be a fast-acting painkiller and is popular with drug addicts who abuse other opiate drugs. Quite often, opiate addicts are not picky about which opioid drug they use, as long as it gives them the high that they are looking for. Opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms are avoided by those addicted, and hydromorphone acts to prevent unpleasant side effects of drug withdrawal. Individuals using hydromorphone for pain relief can quickly become dependent on the drug and begin to misuse their prescription to deal with the decreased effectiveness. This abuse will often lead to hydromorphone addiction if help is not sought.
Hydromorphone Addiction Affects The Body
Often, the first sign of hydromorphone addiction will be dilated pupils and unusual drowsiness. All opiates are very hard on the digestive tract and can cause an individual stomach upset and constipation. Another effect of hydromorphone addiction is sleep disturbances such as insomnia. An individuals respiratory system is depressed when taking hydromorphone and can cause slowed breathing. When an addict takes too much of this drug, or combines it with alcohol, the risk of death is greatly increased. Taking hydromorphone with other opiates also raises this risk factor and can happen even when taking lower doses of each medication.
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When an individual develops hydromorphone addiction and attempts to cut back on drug use, painful drug withdrawal symptoms can begin. Physical dependence on hydromorphone is not uncommon as this drug is highly addictive. There are several factors that will affect how intense these withdrawal symptoms are. The amount of time addicted to the drug and the amount taken each time will affect withdrawal. Each individual will experience these withdrawal symptoms differently, and while most of the uncomfortable symptoms will ease after several weeks, there can be some long-term opiate addiction symptoms that may need extended inpatient drug rehab. Some of the symptoms of hydromorphone addiction withdrawal are the following:
- Intense muscle or bone pain
- Strong drug cravings
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Restless feelings
- Suicidal thoughts
Signs and Symptoms of Hydromorphone Addiction
- Mood Swings
- Depressed respirations
- Stomach pains
- Heart attack
All recovering benzo addicts will need adequate support systems and will need to be responsible for seeking out support groups that help addicts deal with the everyday triggers and events that might possibly derail the recovery. Staying in touch with others, and being accountable to others, is an important part of sobriety, whether from benzodiazepines or other illicit drugs. Family members and new, healthy friendships can prove to be lifelines for recovering benzo addicts.
For individuals struggling with addiction to benzos, it is important to recognize that recovery can be possible. Should you have questions about a loved one’s substance abuse, or need help for yourself, we at Coastline Rehab Centers are here to answer any of your questions. We are proud to have been a part of many recovery stories over the years and we commit to working alongside our clients to help them achieve lifelong sobriety for themselves.
Behavioral Signs of Hydromorphone Addiction
- Obsession with finding next dose
- Financial problems resulting from drug habit
- Lying and stealing to get more Dilauded
- Forging prescriptions
- Doctor shopping for addition prescriptions
- Increased risky behaviors
- Problems with the law
- Social isolation
- Loss of job or income
- Lack of interest in activities