Dive into a detailed guide on Dilaudid addiction and discover how Continuum Outpatient Center’s programs offer effective recovery solutions.
Dilaudid, also known as hydromorphone, falls within a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics.
This drug alters how the brain and nervous system respond to pain, which is why medical professionals often prescribe Dilaudid for severe pain. This may include post-surgery or cancer-related pain. In some cases, it may even be employed for chronic pain conditions.
However, with regular use, the body can develop a tolerance to Dilaudid. Individuals need higher doses at this stage to achieve the same pain-relief effects. Over time, the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug. If one reduces or stops the drug, withdrawal symptoms can occur.
This happens even with legitimate medical use, but it becomes riskier with higher doses or longer-term use.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorder each year. Also, a percentage of people who misuse milder prescription opioids tend to transition to stronger ones over time, such as Dilaudid.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 80,000 people died from an overdose in 2021. Nearly 88% of these deaths involved synthetic opioids, including Dilaudid. These statistics emphasize the severity of the Dilaudid addiction crisis in the United States.
Furthermore, there have also been indications of an increase in Dilaudid overdose rates during the COVID-19 pandemic nationally and locally. This rise can be attributed to factors like stress, isolation, and disruptions in treatment and support services.
The risk factors for Dilaudid addiction can encompass various aspects of an individual life. Understanding the following risk factors is crucial for prompt identification and intervention for you or your loved one:
The signs of Dilaudid addiction can be physical, behavioral, or psychological. This depends on the individual and the severity of their substance use disorder. At Continuum Outpatient Center, we emphasize the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of Dilaudid addiction.
Some symptoms to be aware of include:
Some of the most noticeable physical Dilaudid addiction signs include:
Addiction can also cause behavioral symptoms as well, such as:
Lastly, psychological symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, or feelings of hopelessness are some common signs of an individual developing a Dilaudid addiction.
These symptoms will look different for everyone with a substance use disorder, so it is important to know when to get help for your or your loved one’s addiction.
Dilaudid addiction can also lead to immediate or long-term consequences. Short-term consequences include:
While these may occur in the short term, there are also long-lasting symptoms to look out for, such as:
CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps individuals identify and correct harmful thought patterns. As a result, patients develop more effective coping strategies.
Continuum Outpatient Center’s approach involves individual or group sessions. Here, our therapists work with patients to uncover the root causes of their Dilaudid addiction.
DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques with concepts of distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT helps patients manage strong emotions and reduce self-destructive behaviors.
Patients learn to accept uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than fighting them. The skills we teach in DBT all aim at decreasing addictive behavior.
In some cases, we also use medications to address Dilaudid addiction. These medications work to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making treatment more accessible.
At Continuum Outpatient Center, MAT is not a standalone treatment. It’s integrated with other therapy practices to provide a comprehensive approach to recovery.
Motivational interviewing helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities. By working with a trained therapist, patients find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. This approach helps in overcoming the denial that often accompanies addiction.
Motivational interviewing generally includes the following in treatment sessions:
We employ EMDR to treat patients whose substance use disorder is linked to traumatic experiences. It involves recalling distressing images or memories while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input. It may involve side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping.
The process focuses on past, present, and future aspects of the traumatic experience. EMDR reduces the emotional impact of these memories. Additionally, it helps the patient develop healthier coping mechanisms.
In treating addiction, Continuum Outpatient Center recognizes that many patients might also suffer from mental health disorders. Hence, we integrate psychiatric treatment with addiction therapies.
Our plan usually includes a combination of:
We aim to provide an approach that addresses the underlying causes of Dilaudid addiction and any potential co-occurring disorders.
Continuum Outpatient Center also incorporates a range of holistic approaches to support recovery from Dilaudid addiction. These holistic methods enhance traditional treatments and work to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of patients.
Some effective and comprehensive holistic therapies we utilize include:
Meditation helps foster a state of calmness. It also enhances self-awareness and promotes emotional health.
Continuum Outpatient Center’s meditation sessions include guided imagery, which focuses on the present moment. We use this practice for patients learning how to handle stress and emotional risks in a healthy manner.
This therapy offers a creative outlet for communication and exploration of feelings. We reserve them for those who find it challenging to express themselves verbally or who express themselves better through art. Art therapy involves drawing, painting, or sculpting.
These activities help in processing emotions, reducing stress, and improving mood.
Our PHP provides a high level of care while allowing patients to live at home. Continuum Outpatient Center PHP includes:
We focus on developing coping skills, relapse prevention, and managing withdrawal symptoms.
An IOP offers a level of care that is less intensive than PHP. However, it is more comprehensive than a standard outpatient program. IOP involves several hours of therapy per week.
An IOP helps individuals maintain sobriety while they reintegrate into everyday life.
Continuum Outpatient Center also has treatment programs tailored specifically for young adults who are 13 years old and above.
We combine traditional therapy with age-appropriate support groups, life skills training, and vocational counseling. It addresses not just addiction but also the underlying issues relevant to this age group.
Our outpatient drug program is for those who have already completed more intensive treatment. Occasionally, we employ it for individuals with less severe addictions. It allows patients to maintain their daily responsibilities while receiving treatment.
This program includes weekly individual and group therapy to provide relapse prevention strategies.
Aftercare services are vital components of our Dilaudid addiction treatment program. These services provide ongoing support to individuals who are done with the primary phases of their addiction treatment.
We offer weekly alumni meetings specifically for adults, every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The format of these meetings might include:
If you or someone you know is struggling with Dilaudid addiction, don’t wait. Reach out to Continuum Outpatient Center today. Our expert team is committed to providing personalized care through our specialized treatment programs.