Managing Dilaudid Addiction Withdrawals
Dilaudid is a member of the opiate family, and when the drug hits a person’s system, it attaches to specific receptors that dot the brain and spinal cord and it triggers a series of chemical changes that can bring a person euphoria, as well as freedom from pain. Those changes can be remarkably persistent, and when people attempt to stop using Dilaudid, symptoms of withdrawal can take hold. While these symptoms are rarely considered life-threatening, they can certainly be uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are tools experts can use to help addicted people feel calm and at ease while their bodies adjust to living without Dilaudid.
Symptoms of Dilaudid withdrawal include:
- Muscle pain
Severe cravings for the drug can also take hold, and sometimes, those cravings are so strong that people are tempted to return to drug use. Medications may help, as there are some drugs that can block the euphoric action of Dilaudid. For example, in a study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers found that a dose of buprenorphine can block a “high” from Dilaudid for at least 72 hours. Drugs like this can be key in preventing a relapse, as these medications block the link between pleasure and drug use.
Medications can also help to soothe the symptoms of withdrawal, as there are medications that attach to the same receptors used by this addictive drug. These replacement medications don’t cause euphoria, but they can help a person to feel less sick while the body adjusts. Some medications can be taken at the beginning of the withdrawal process before a person feels symptoms, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports, but other medications require a waiting period. When withdrawal begins, these medications can be taken safely.
Medications aren’t the only choice for symptom relief. In fact, some people can use traditional care in order to stay comfortable while their bodies adjust. These people might benefit from bland, soft foods that can soothe their upset digestive systems, as well as cool, nutrient-rich drinks that can help them to stay hydrated. Gentle exercise may help to soothe muscle pain and improve symptoms of anxiety, while cool and dark rooms might be ideal places in which to sleep. Sometimes, people can create their own healing environments at home, and in a week or two, they might feel well enough to participate in formal addiction treatment programs. Other people, however, don’t have safe environments in which to heal, and they might be too tempted to return to Dilaudid when they’re living at home and surrounded by temptation. These people might benefit from inpatient detox programs, as they’ll have access to around-the-clock care in a safe and sober environment.
At Alta Mira, we provide our clients with customized Dilaudid detox services. Sometimes, our clients need medications to soothe their distress and we choose the proper medications that can ease their symptoms and bring relief. In other cases, holistic care is a better choice, and our facility offers a luxury environment that’s conducive to healing and wellness. If you’re ready to get better, call us to find out more.