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Dilaudid Addiction Treatment in New York
We have been extracting psychoactive chemicals from the natural world for a very long time. Whether it is to worship gods, feel bliss, heal injuries, avoid life’s problems, find inspiration for art, or to go on a little adventure of the mind, drugs are deeply ingrained into the fabrics of human cultures. At first, we ingested these chemicals directly from living things by eating mushrooms, cactus buttons, and morning glory seeds. Then we moved on to chewing coca and khat leaves, then inhaling tree snuff, smoking cannabis, opium, or even the venom of toads!
Then the industrial revolution made fermenting grapes and barley, curing tobacco, steeping leaves, and roasting beans even more efficient sources of these psychoactive substances. That is not to imply that these substances were the best ways to get high. If they were, toads would probably be extinct now. In reality, only a handful of these compounds have been reliable sources of getting high. However, in the last century, we have gotten even more creative.
We have largely forsaken nature and instead learned to synthesize even more powerful psychoactive chemicals in laboratories. Not only that, we can now manipulate chemical structures to invent new drugs. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 150 new illicit drugs appeared between 1997 and 2010. Another 150 appeared in just the next three years. Since then, as many as 100 new chemicals appear every year, with synthetic cannabinoids especially common. These drugs have proven incredibly potent and some even affect the body in new ways. One of those drugs is Dilaudid — a strong synthetic opioid that is very addictive.
What is Dilaudid?
Hydromorphone (brand name, Dilaudid) is an opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. As the risk of dependence and addiction is very high, long-term use of Dilaudid is only recommended for pain due to cancer. Dilaudid can be used by mouth or injected into a vein, muscle, or under the skin. Users generally feel the drug kick in within half an hour and it can last for up to five hours. In the United States, Dilaudid is available as an extended-release pill that is meant to be taken only once daily.
Dilaudid Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms
Individuals who use Dilaudid may experience painful symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can be very intense and often intolerable. This causes people who try to go cold turkey on their own to continue drug use. While withdrawal symptoms from Dilaudid vary from person to person, the following are common to most addicts:
- Abdominal pain
- Panic attacks
- Inability to enjoy daily activities
- Muscle and joint pain
- Runny nose
- Excessive secretion of tears
Find Addiction Treatment for Dilaudid in NY
Hydromorphone is a rapid-acting pain pill and may last up to several hours in the bloodstream. With time, the chemical builds up in the addict’s system. Thus, withdrawal symptoms may start within hours of taking the last dose and last up to several weeks. Withdrawal symptoms in recovering addicts may be managed by using opioids or non-opioid adjuncts. A prominent example is bupenorphine, a partial opioid agonist commonly used for Medically-Assisted Therapy (MAT) and detox for Dilaudid addiction. However, the selection of drugs used in therapy is usually tailored to each specific person depending on the severity of the addiction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to augment the other treatments in a combination approach.
Mid Hudson Addiction Recovery has a network of the best Dilaudid addiction treatment in NY and out-of-state. By calling and discussing your treatment needs with us, New Yorkers can be assured of getting into a program where an individualized approach to treatment is used to help kick the addiction for good. Contact our addiction experts today.
Addiction Resources for New York
Residents of New York searching for addiction help now have plenty of resources to fight substance abuse. Our team of professionals is here to guide and support you during this difficult time. We work with a variety of Hudson Valley addiction treatment programs personalized to fit your needs: