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Dilaudid Detox Centers

Medically Reviewed By: Benjamin Caleb Williams RN, BA, CEN

Written By: Gary Bowers

Article Updated: 01/24/2021

Number of References: 2 Sources

Finding the right Dilaudid detox center is a big step in getting the help needed for yourself or a loved one. This guide will provide you information on selecting a detox center such as understanding when a detox center is recommended, the types of medications and therapies used, and what happens after detox. Recovery is possible and it often begins with medically-supervised detox!

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When is a Dilaudid Detox Center Recommended?

With a potent drug like Dilaudid, professional detox services are almost always recommended. There are many layers to the complex problem of managing Dilaudid detox, but there are some key indicators that entering a medically-supervised detox is the best choice. The challenges and risks associated with Dilaudid detox can be managed with care. Acknowledging the potential dangers and seeking help can improve safety, reduce the risk of relapse, and set the stage for strong results now and into the future.

Some situations where entering a Dilaudid detox center may be especially recommended can include:

Co-Occurring Health Issues

As a general rule, anyone with pre-existing medical conditions – including mental illness – is at a higher risk for serious complications. People who have any of the following conditions would be strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of a professional detox facility:

  • Heart Diseases/Cardiovascular Disorders
    • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Peripheral Artery Disease
    • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Diabetes or other endocrine problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Mental Illness
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Mood disorders
    • Any history of psychosis

Prior History of Relapse

Dilaudid can have a powerful effect on people, and the desire to use can remain even after the drug has been removed from the system. The risk of relapse can be reduced by providing various forms of therapy during detox. Dilaudid withdrawal can be a miserable experience, but many of the symptoms can be treated medically. When combined with other forms of therapy, effective medical care and observation can improve outcomes and create a healthy path in recovery.

The Intake Process

Receiving help from a medical detox center is a crucial first step in recovery. The intake process will help set up a successful detox experience. In many ways, you can think of the intake process as a fact-finding operation. The more the staff knows, the better they can perform their job. Gathering necessary information would fall under a few categories. It would typically look like this:

  • Basic Personal Information: Personal information including insurance information, emergency contact info, and Dilaudid or drug use history will be gathered.
  • Previous Medical History: This can be very important as it will inform the detox center staff as to potential risks or dangers that can arise during detox. For the most part, Dilaudid detox is very rarely fatal, but if someone has underlying health conditions, the detox process can be complicated and potentially dangerous. Obtaining a comprehensive picture of someone’s medical history can inform the staff as to what additional precautions, if any, will be needed during someone’s stay at a Dilaudid detox center.
    • Drug Use History and Mental Health Screening: Understanding the extent of the drug use (types of drugs besides Dilaudid, amounts used, duration of use, means of delivery, etc.). If someone has been injecting Dilaudid, for example, they will more likely experience more severe symptoms, and this information can inform and ensure effective care. Mental health will be closely monitored throughout the process. A mental health screening early on can help the staff provide a more specialized and therapeutic experience.
  • Vital Signs and Current Health Status: Staff will immediately begin gathering basic medical information including vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, oxygen levels), blood work for toxicology and basic blood tests, and overall current health assessment, watching for visible signs of Dilaudid withdrawal and asking questions to determine how far into the physical detox process someone is. Knowing that Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms typically peak around 72 hours after the last dose, the medical staff can anticipate the needs of their patient and provide better initial care.

Once this critical information has been gathered, the staff may begin administering treatment based on the needs of the patient. And though initial processes may vary, the purpose remains the same; the more information gathered early on, the better they can tailor treatment to the specific needs of their patient.

Medical Monitoring of Dilaudid Detox Dangers

Medical monitoring is one of the most important aspects of Dilaudid detox. There are dangers involved, and medical staff will offer the peace of mind that can only come with 24/7 observation and care. Symptoms will be mostly unavoidable, but they can be managed. Medical interventions play a critical role in safety, but can also help prevent relapse, as many who experience untreated withdrawal symptoms will often choose to continue using to avoid the pain of detox.

The most prominent symptoms of Dilaudid detox are:

  • Vomiting (dangerous – close monitoring will be required)
  • Diarrhea (dangerous – close monitoring will be required)
  • Elevated blood pressure (dangerous – close monitoring will be required)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches

Mental health will also be monitored. Mental health symptoms are not considered dangerous in this setting, but monitoring and treating them – in conjunction with therapy – will make a big difference in the outcome of detox. Prominent mental health issues during Dilaudid detox:

  • Depression (and subsequently an increased risk of suicide)
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability/anger

Through 24/7 monitoring these symptoms – while uncomfortable and painful – can be managed safely and effectively.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Timeline

Medications Used By Dilaudid Detox Centers

Safe medical treatment is one of the most important aspects offered by Dilaudid detox centers. The majority of medications prescribed during detox are frequently used in a variety of settings all around the world. The use of non-habit-forming medications is often important to people in detox, and that will often be the initial course of action, wherever possible.

Here are some common medications prescribed during detox. This list is representative only, and the detox center medical staff may recommend a variety of options based on the needs of the individual:

  • Buprenorphine: Coming in the brands Subutex, Suboxone, and Sublocade, buprenorphine is an FDA-approved medication used for treating OUD. In the case of Suboxone, it may be taken in pill form, or as a sublingual strip dissolved under the tongue, Suboxone is a combination of 2 medications. The first is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine will satisfy the body’s demand for opioids but not produce the “high” associated with Dilaudid use. Buprenorphine also exhibits the “ceiling effect” where once a certain level of the drug has been taken, the euphoria ceases to increase further. The other medication is naloxone, which is added to prevent misuse. Suboxone would be prescribed as part of a long-term treatment plan.
  • Methadone: This is an FDA-approved medication used for treating OUD. Methadone binds to the brain’s opioid receptors, helping reduce cravings for opioids like Dilaudid, but will not produce the same euphoric effects of other opioid drugs. When used as prescribed, Methadone is a safe and effective long-term treatment option for OUD.
  • Blood Pressure Medications: Elevated blood pressure is a common symptom of Dilaudid detox, and it can be even dangerous if someone has underlying health issues. Several blood pressure medications also exhibit anti-anxiety properties, and these are commonly used to treat anxiety and reduce cardiovascular upset. Beta-blockers may be prescribed, as would clonidine.
  • Sleep Aid Medications: Quality sleep is often overlooked as a vital component of overall health. Sleep patterns may be severely disrupted during detox from Dilaudid, and using sleep aid medications can greatly improve the overall experience and success during this time. Sleep aids would typically be non-habit forming, and often would only be taken until the body has resumed normal functioning.
  • Anti-Anxiety and Antidepressant Medications: Anxiety and depression are common during the detox process. Dilaudid use can disrupt brain chemistry and these medications can help restore normal function in the brain. Many common antidepressants, SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil, can also help treat chronic anxiety.

Additional medications may be prescribed by medical staff on an as-needed basis. The primary goal is to ensure safe, effective detox and to make the entire process as comfortable as possible.

Therapy During Dilaudid Detox

Therapy will not only play a monumental role in the quality and effectiveness of Dilaudid detox, but it will also continue to pay dividends well into recovery. Addiction is a complex, multi-faceted disease. Medications can be used to treat physical symptoms of chemical imbalance, but talk therapy – in its many iterations – is needed to address the belief systems, thought patterns, associations, and trauma as it related to drug use. The social, behavioral, and historical actors that contribute to drug use can require months or years of therapy. Dilaudid detox centers will offer the opportunity to begin this process by offering exposure to different forms of therapy including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is one of the most-used evidence-based forms of psychotherapy that exist today. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a fairly wide descriptor of a diverse set of therapies, all of which are rooted in tapping into the cognitive power of the brain. By addressing the deeper thoughts, beliefs, and motivations that drive the way we think and behave, CBT can change the way we think. In a recovery setting, this change can make a world of difference. For example, if someone in Dilaudid detox is having trouble with associations that trigger cravings, CBT could help them understand the situation from an objective point of view, and then institute behavioral interventions that can change their decision, and thus the outcome.

Recovery Programs

Dilaudid detox centers will provide access to different recovery programs which can be an integral role in recovery moving forward. Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (and affiliated programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA)) and SMART Recovery have been able to fill the void drugs left behind. 12-step programs like NA provide fellowship and peer support, rooted in the belief that they are powerless over drugs and only a higher power can relieve them of their addiction. SMART Recovery is a newer form of recovery program that focused on personal power and the role of cognitive thinking in the creation, management, and recovery from addiction.

Aftercare Planning

For many who enter a Dilaudid detox center, the desire to quit will be strong, but there can often be a lack of confidence and indirection about what to do next. Aftercare planning services can help ‘set the stage’ for a life in recovery by mapping out the next steps and actions. Having a plan in place that addresses living situations, ongoing therapy, career counseling, and more, can provide a stable starting point for someone in recovery. It’s a big world out there, full of distractions, responsibilities, obligations, and choices. Aftercare planning creates a clearer path toward the future.

Continuing Dilaudid Addiction Treatment

Recovery from Dilaudid addiction is possible! Life in recovery will require effort, but there are people and resources available to offer support along the way. Removing Dilaudid from the system is a major milestone, but there is still work to be done. Assistance from a residential Dilaudid treatment center can help by continuing the various forms of therapy that have begun in detox, including medical therapy. By providing ongoing therapy in a structured recovery community setting, residential Dilaudid treatment centers can help reduce the risk of relapse and improve the overall quality of life in recovery.

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