Hydromorphone, or Dilaudid, is an opioid that acts quickly to stop pain by attaching itself to receptors in the brain, the central nervous system, and the human gastrointestinal tract, while also interacting with the pleasure portion of the brain, leaving the user feeling calm and relaxed.
Classified as a Schedule II narcotic, hydromorphone is frequently given intravenously (IV) to patients at hospitals suffering from burns, cancer, surgery, or severe injuries, but is also commonly prescribed in an oral form.
Signs of Hydromorphone Abuse
Like other opioids, hydromorphone is tough on the body, especially the digestive system. Prolonged use can lead to vomiting, nausea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Other symptoms of abuse include difficulty breathing, seizures, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
Other signs of hydromorphone abuse are:
- Forging prescriptions
- Financial problems
- Lying to loved ones about prescription drug use
- Stray needles
- Track marks on arms and legs
Treatment of Hydromorphone Addiction
Recovering from hydromorphone addiction is a lengthy process. It’s important that users of this prescription drug seek the counsel of a medical professional. Suddenly stopping use of this drug can lead to painful withdrawal symptoms.
At Talbott Recovery, we understand the challenges associated with prescription drug abuse.
Our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs at in Atlanta and Dunwoody are designed to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with their addiction to hydromorphone. Contact Talbott Recovery today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.